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Star Eyes

by John Fluker

Co-director of GRAMMY winner "One Voice" and NAR 2006 Lifestyle Music Award's Best New Artist, John Fluker, returns to instrumental scene with piano tracks beautifully enhanced with strings and light ambient sounds.
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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1. Evening Prelude
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2. Star Eyes (Part One)
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3. Anytime
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4. After The Fall
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5. Babe in Arms
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6. Chippewa Winds
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7. When Love Lost
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8. A Long Way Home
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9. Star Eyes (Part Two)
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10. Night Prelude
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11. Once Upon A Night
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12. After The Fall (Reprise)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
John Fluker's music is known to have a calming effect as well as to stimulate concentration. This CD is no exception.


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Raj Manoharan (www.rajmanreviews.blogspot.com)

The RajMan Review
John Fluker presents a collection of gentle piano compositions that soothe the spirit and calm the soul.

The album is flawless from start to finish, beginning with a quiet prelude and ending just as peacefully, with relaxing, tranquil reveries in between. All of the melodies are beautiful and have the effect of lullabies. There is not one jarring, dissonant, disagreeable, or uninteresting moment on the record. The result is music that is both engaging enough to enjoy as vibrant, dynamic art and subtle enough to leave on in the background while engaged in other activities.

The main instrument on the recording is Fluker’s piano, which is sometimes enhanced with synthesized orchestrations and soft electronic percussion. The compositions, arrangements, and performances have an elegance and classiness in the vein of Burt Bacharach and Henry Mancini, making this a very worthwhile listening experience.

Highlights include “Anytime,” “Babe in Arms,” “When Love Lost,” and “A Long Way Home.”

This CD is definitely good for a spin or two while commuting or traveling, especially under a night sky of twinkling stars.

Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Star Eyes" is an incredible follow-up to John Fluker’s award-winning debut, "The Sound of Peace" (2006). The twelve original tracks are a combination of piano with orchestration and solo piano, and all convey a sense of serenity and calm without becoming ear-candy. Passionate, articulate and highly-skilled at the piano, Fluker once again demonstrates why he was awarded the 2006 NAR Lifestyle Music Award for Best New Artist. Currently Gladys Knight’s musical director, Fluker started studying the piano at the age of eight and graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music. He has toured internationally as a pianist and vocalist and has performed with a long list of musicians and singers in a broad range of genres. This varied background gives Fluker an amazing color palette to work with, and I have to say that each piece on this album is a gem unto itself. I predict he’ll be taking home quite a few awards with this album, too!

"Star Eyes" begins with “Evening Prelude,” a 45-second opening that sets the mood and perks up the ears for something very special. “Star Eyes (Part One)” has a very haunting and passionate piano melody that flows effortlessly as the strings add washes of background color. Gorgeous! The piano on “Anytime” has a light, dancing feeling with strings and atmospheric sounds behind it. There are two versions of “After the Fall,” a beautiful ballad with a slightly bittersweet flavor. The first version has string accompaniment, and the version that closes the album is mostly solo piano. The only thing I don’t like about the last one is that it means the album is about over. “When Love Lost” is as poignant as its title suggests. There is just a hint of string accompaniment on this one, so the piano really has a chance to sing its song of heartbreak. Love it! “A Long Way Home” is a gentle, bittersweet solo piano ballad that overflows with longing. “Star Eyes (Part 2)” brings the strings closer to the forefront than Part 1 does, but this is still very much a piano piece. Two versions of such a moving and beautiful piece are very welcome. “Night Prelude” is a solo piano lead-in to what I think is the crowning achievement of the album, the stunning “Once Upon a Night.” It picks up the theme of the Prelude and develops it to perfection over 7 1/2 minutes. I listen to a tremendous amount of music, but occasionally something will grab me every time, and “Once Upon a Night” is one of those pieces. It is just Fluker and his piano on this one, and the passions and emotional depth are breathtaking. (Hey John, are you doing sheet music for this one???)

If you aren’t yet familiar with John Fluker, do your ears and your soul a favor and discover this exceptional artist. Those who familiar with his previous albums are going to be thrilled with this one. Guaranteed to be one of my favorites of 2011! Very highly recommended!

Raj Manoharan (www.rajmanreviews.blogspot.com)

The RajMan Review
John Fluker presents a collection of gentle piano compositions that soothe the spirit and calm the soul.

The album is flawless from start to finish, beginning with a quiet prelude and ending just as peacefully, with relaxing, tranquil reveries in between. All of the melodies are beautiful and have the effect of lullabies. There is not one jarring, dissonant, disagreeable, or uninteresting moment on the record. The result is music that is both engaging enough to enjoy as vibrant, dynamic art and subtle enough to leave on in the background while engaged in other activities.

The main instrument on the recording is Fluker’s piano, which is sometimes enhanced with synthesized orchestrations and soft electronic percussion. The compositions, arrangements, and performances have an elegance and classiness in the vein of Burt Bacharach and Henry Mancini, making this a very worthwhile listening experience.

Highlights include “Anytime,” “Babe in Arms,” “When Love Lost,” and “A Long Way Home.”

This CD is definitely good for a spin or two while commuting or traveling, especially under a night sky of twinkling stars.

Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music & Media Focus
Fans of this LA-based pianist, arranger, composer, singer, and vocal coach have been looking forward to this new CD for a while, and I’m sure that upon hearing it they will agree that it has been worth the wait. While John is also an award-winning vocalist, “Star Eyes” is a collection of instrumental compositions. The piano is the primary brush he paints his portraits in sound with, although he often uses subtle synthesizer strings, pads, and washes of sound to enhance the atmosphere of the piece and add to it’s relaxing effect. I cannot emphasize enough how tasteful his use of electronic sounds is. They never overshadow the piano and gently support it like air currents buoying aloft a soaring bird in flight.

It’s interesting to see an artist with such a deep foundation in other styles such as R&B and gospel stretching his wings into a genre as divergent as new age instrumental music. However, after listening, it would be easy to assume that this has been his primary artistic expression for a very long time. I have no doubt that fans of artists such as George Winston, Liz Story, or David Lanz would greatly enjoy the virtuoso piano playing and evocative compositional craftsmanship of John Fluker, and would find “Star Eyes” another “must have” album to add to their collections.

For a full length review of this CD, as well as others, please visit: www.michaeldiamondmusic.com

Serge Kozlovsky

Writings by Serge Kozlovsky / http://sergekozlovsky.com
Under the stars in black and spangled sky
The eyes of Universe look silently at us

What first comes to mind when we hear this music? It is incredibly beautiful! These melodies are like a pure stream which runs quickly and refreshes you from head to foot because the compositions of John Fluker are full of life and passion. His music touches your heart and makes your chest breath deep. It has so much air and space. And yet, it has an inner light.

“Star Eyes” is the music for deep evening and relaxation when the day’s anxieties are over and you can stay alone with your true self. You can easily lift your eyes and see the endless starry sky above. You are able to feel the longing for your higher self and can sense your real divine nature.

John Fluker is a great piano master. His music cannot leave the listener indifferent. The artist conveys the smallest nuances by his piano. All compositions of the newest album by John Fluker are beautifully composed and arranged. They are listened to in one breath. But the main feature of “Star Eyes” is that it arouses the higher emotions.

You listen to piano music of John Fluker and you start to remember your true mission with which you came here. All persons may have different intentions and purposes for their lives in this world but all of them were beautiful in the very beginning.