Harry Pickens Trio | The Shadow Of Your Smile

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The Shadow Of Your Smile

by Harry Pickens Trio

They laughed when I told them this CD could help create the ‘ultimate romantic evening’. Then they heard the first notes -- and fell in love all over again. Pianist Harry Pickens brings elegance and beauty to classic and contemporary standards.
Genre: Jazz: Piano Jazz
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2. Blue In Green
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3. For Heaven's Sake
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4. Fragile
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5. I Fall In Love Too Easily
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6. Once I Loved
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7. Peace
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Dear Friend,

A few nights ago we had more than a foot of snow here in Louisville, Kentucky. (I moved here from San Diego, so I haven't been around too much snow since I lived in New Jersey in the 80's.

The snow covered everything, and there was a silence and stillness that touched me deeply. Usually at this time of night all is dark, but the snow brought a luminescence to everything within view.

I love how the presence of snow seems to quiet everything down. Very few cars — or people — on the streets. Everything is still, serene. This stillness outside evoked a similar stillness inside of me.

This new CD -- The Shadow Of Your Smile -- really seems to match the mood of this evening. All the songs are medium to slow tempos — some of the best ballads and love songs around -- plus our version of FRAGILE by Sting — and there is a gentleness and serenity that seeps through the notes — like the quiet that cloaks a snow-lit night like that night not so long ago.

I wish everybody could experience the serenity that I feel sometimes when playing the piano. It is really a remarkable and mysterious and miraculous thing — this thing we call music. In seconds you can be transported into a whole new world.

This CD is an offering of that serenity and quiet ecstasy to you, the listener, from the Source that dwells within each one of us.

If you like it, please support the world of independent musicians (and this independent musician in particular) by buying at least one copy and telling your friends about the music. If you buy at least three copies, I will send you a free bonus mp3 download of a live performance that you will love.

I hope the music brings you what you most need in this moment. Thank you so much for listening. To learn more about my life and work, and to receive periodic updates about performances, workshops, new projects, go to www.HarryPickens.com.

Peace,

Harry

P.S. In my over 30 years as a professional musician, I have been on a quest -- a quest to create truly beautiful music, to find my own voice, to make some kind of positive difference in this world.

This quest has taken me around the world (17 countries on four continents),
has enabled me to collaborate and perform with hundreds of world-class musicians (Dizzy Gillespie, James Moody, Milt Jackson, Freddie Hubbard, Terrence Blanchard, Kenny Garrett, Wallace Roney and so many more),
has encompassed many styles and genres of music ('classical', jazz, popular, folk, world music traditions), and has taught me so much about what it means to be alive at this incredible time in human history -- a time filled with so much suffering -- and so much opportunity; a time where together so many of us are working to build a better, more loving, more humane world; a time when the power of music to uplift, comfort, soothe, and inspire has never been more necessary.

I hope this music warms your heart, touches your soul, and brings you what you need.

Thanks.


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Cathy VanArsdale


I can't say enough good things about this CD. If you like soft, peaceful jazz, this is the one for you. It's lovely and romantic and oh-so-easy on the ear with just enough up-tempo momenets to keep it interesting. Just pop it into your player and and enjoy.

Aida Love

The Shadow of Your Smile
Oh! Harry you did it again. For me this CD makes me day dream of sunny days, romantic evenings, appreciate solitude, and close my eyes and imagine your hands pressing down each key note. I can listen to it alone, with friends or a lover. You are truly an extraordinary artist and a higher human being. thank you for sharing your gift as 'who you are'. Many blessings to you.

Carol Butler

Shadow of Your Smile
Harry Pickens is a true Louisville treasure - a brilliant artist and an inspiring community leader. I now own three of his CDs and love them all. Harry creates music to "uplift, comfort, soothe and inspire" his listeners. His new CD does it all and is his best yet. I have been listening to it for days and love it more each time I hear it. What a gift! Thank you, Harry, for sharing your beautiful music with us, and your beautiful self with our community.

Jim Muscutt

The Shadow of Your Smile
This CD is one of those rare works that come along only a few times in a lifetime. It is more than just a collection of mood music. It is truly a revelation of the passion of the artists who perform on it.
So buy this CD. Put it on. Sit back with something (or someone) warm. Listen. It will do things to your body. It will do things to your mind. It will do things FOR your heart. It will do things FOR your soul.

Cathy Yanda

The Shadow of Your Smile
While I believe Harry recorded this CD especially for me (just as each of you probably believe the same), this is one that can be enjoyed by everyone in the Universe and at all times. Some things I have experienced while listening to this CD...driving in rush hour traffic in Chicago is a well choreographed dance...connecting with friends in an intimate way they did not know existed...having people who were strangers walk up and tell me how peaceful and happy I appear (it's also on my iPod)...everyone who has heard it, wants to hear it again and again. Thank you for channeling this wonderful gift and sending it my way. And please don't tell me if it wasn't really recorded just for me...a lady needs her fantasies ;-)

WF

Profound Even for a Jazz Novice
I am a music lover, though I cannot say that I have a deep knowledge or appreciation for jazz. I do enjoy jazz a great deal, the toe-tapping rhythms and the calming smoothness, but it is not a style that I have spent enough time learning about, and thus I sometimes “just don’t get it.” Harry (and his Trio) changes all that. The full-length CD is inspiring--profound even. I was able to feel energy and soul in the music. I initially put the CD on as background music while I was doing other work, but quickly found that I was not working…only listening. I would HIGHLY recommend this CD (and any other Harry Pickens music you can get your hands on).

Tamara Becker

The Shadow Of Your Smile
While listening to the Shadow of Your Smile I felt as if I was adrift in a sea of melody, happy to go where ever the current took me. Each song painted pictures more eloquent than a thousand words could ever be. What a wonderful gift to all those who listen!

Kat

What you need...
Harry's hope of "I hope this music warms your heart, touches your soul, and brings you what you need" couldn't be more appropriate regarding this wonderful compilation of beautiful music. It's my "go to" when I want to slow down and enjoy the evening. Thank you Harry and Trio!

Rande Swann

Shadow of Your Smile
Wow! I never thought there would be a CD that would replace my, now formerly, all-time favorite for romance and relaxation, which was The Romantic Ballads of Stan Kenton. But Harry Pickens has done it with his new CD. It's now my 'go to' CD for maintaining calm amidst stressing situations, for setting a tone of relaxation when friends drop by, and for creating a romantic ambiance when I have a night alone with my husband. Although Harry has produced an impressive body of jazz performance and recordings, from playing with OTB in California to the Harry Pickens Trio in Louisville, and I adore and respect him for his creative and interesting piano work, this CD reasonates in my heart where the others reasonate in my head. If you're pouring a drink, popping a pill, or taking a whiff to de-stress, try this instead. It's a musical meditation that leads you to a state of joy and serenity, the ultimate romantic elixir!

Matt Yarborough

Wonderful!
Thanks for your wonderful and uplifting spirit. All three musicians on this CD are truly special people and players. The gift of deep and inspired music making comes through with clarity and love on this recording. Give the gift of musical joy and peace to all of those deserving people in your life with The Shadow of Your Smile!
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