Scott D. Davis | Piano & Woodwinds

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Piano & Woodwinds

by Scott D. Davis

Exhilarating and relaxing instrumental music featuring piano, flute and oboe; this is dance music for the spirit.
Genre: New Age: New Age
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1. Lost in the Horizon
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2. Tahoma
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3. A Simple Reflection
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4. Embrace the Journey
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5. Prelude
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6. January
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
When you think of "New Age" piano music, your probably think of delicate piano sounds that flow like running water to soothe and calm the spirit. Much of the music on this disc does exactly that. But there is another side to his musical personality that reveals his rock-n-roll roots. You see, much of the music is also upbeat, electrifying, and just plain fun. It's not rock music, but sometimes it does rock!

Like any all-American boy, Scott became interested in music in high school, an interest that led inevitably to rock and roll. "I had a keyboard and started out with some friends, wanting to put a rock band together. Playing music was something I was interested in and for me, it was always a positive energizing experience," he says.

Scott discovered a knack for composing and, with a guitarist friend, developed the habit of rising early each morning to "jam to the sunrise" before school started. Then, as now, the wonders of nature provided much of the inspiration for his compositions. But after several years of playing in smoky clubs and struggling to keep bands together, Scott discarded rock music and the lifestyle that seemed inseparable from it. The requisite long hair stayed however.

"I started trying to get back to the kind of music that I rememberd playing in the begining," Scott says, "trying to capture the aspect of music that is so positive and inspiring."

Commitment renewed, Scott studied music seriously, using piano as his primary instrument. Many would classify his music as "New Age", but Scott is more concerned wih the feeling it generates in listeners than with its category. Music is something that can touch and affect and inspire people. As I play for various audiences, there are people who seem to be truly affected by the music, and who let me know that," he says.


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Tenisha

This album is wonderful!
I bought this album after hearing the artist playing some songs from it in the Fairfield mall and I love the way the songs sounded. All the songs have a gentleness about them. I just had to buy it. My 5 year even loves it!!!!

Kathy Parsons

a very pleasant and uplifting combination of sounds and melodies
I have to admit that this is the first album I have ever reviewed that listed Jesus Christ as executive producer and where God and J.C. were listed first in the "special thanks" in the liner notes. Hmmm. A bit daunting to a reviewer! This is a strong album that mixes piano with flute, oboe, and English horn in a very pleasant and uplifting combination of sounds and melodies. The influences are classical, but the sound is contemporary with the exploration of nature and spirituality as the themes. Davis is a self-taught pianist and composer with very impressive chops, but some of the songs seem to be going in several directions at once. "Lost in the Horizon" is full of energy and spirit, but seems mistitled - it exudes confidence and optimism, not a sense of being lost at all. "Tahoma" is more cohesive, with a lovely theme of melancholy and searching. Flute, piano, and oboe make a compelling ensemble on this piece, with each player given a chance to shine. "A Simple Reflection" is wonderful in its understated elegance and gentleness. "Embrace the Journey" is more uptempo, but carries a strong sense of bittersweetness. Still, it is difficult to grasp exactly what this piece is trying to say. "Prelude" has a Renaissance feel with flute and oboe accompanying the piano. Wistful and haunting, this is a very lovely piece. Even living in California, "January" conjures up images of cold and dreary days, so I'm not sure of the message of this piece either. It's quite jaunty and spirited, so my ear is a little confused. "Scherzo" has to be a fun tribute to Mozart and his contemporaries. While very entertaining, it doesn't quite hold together and seems like more of a "show off" piece. Still, it brought a smile to my face several times. "Piano and Woodwinds" is an impressive first-effort, and I look forward to seeing what Scott D. Davis and company have up their sleeves for their next album. This CD is available from www.scottddavis.com, www.amazon.com, and www.cdbaby.com.

NGOC MAI

WE ENJOY EVERY NOTE OF YOUR "PIANO AND WOODWINDS"
YOUR ALBUM IS WONDERFUL. WE , MY WHOLE FAMILY, MY TWO DAUGHTERS OF 14 YEARS OLD AND 9 YEARS OLD WHO HAVE BEEN LEARNING THE PIANO FOR 2 YEARS, REALLY LOVE IT.

Soaring Heart

Inundating with Heart, Spirit and Love
The more I listen, the more I feel the magic captured in this passionate, exquisite composition. The music comes Alive and delights me as it picks me up and carries me in its Wonder. This is the work of a master pianist. It opens the door and allows the listener to come in. I feel like I am entering another world; a world of Beauty, Compassion and Love--and I Soar.

The skillful utilization of pianissimos, crescendos, legatos, fortes and vibrato is nothing short of extraordinary. I don't think I have ever been this impressed with a introductory composition before. I could listen to this for hours on end.

LOST IN THE HORIZON is a powerful beginning with marvelous fortes and crescendos. I immediately loose myself in the music, letting go of all thoughts and soaring into beauty. The ending verifies the beauty.

TAHOMA is one of my very favorites. It fills me with Wonder because it encompasses every emotion I think one can feel. The skill and precision of the soloists are easily observed and instantly appreciated. This song has Everything; it is All. What an Amazing accomplishment! Bravo! It blows me away.

A SIMPLE REFLECTION. Hmmmm, reflections aren't always simple, are they? However, they really should be. This song, I believe, is intended to help each one of us become more introspective and see ourselves as we truly are. It's a delicate, dazzling beauty.

EMBRACE THE JOURNEY. Wow! This is another one of my favorites. The first time I listened I felt it was the heart of the composition. I for one, do embrace this journey--LIFE. No matter how hard our circumstances get, there will be times of refreshing if we Trust and Believe. The hard times just make us appreciate the good times all the more. Words can't fully express this song. It must be felt with the heart. Feel it.

PRELUDE. The flute and oboe both perform captivating, lovely solos. This is a legato with Heart, introducing "January."

JANUARY. This is the best piece in my opinion, showcasing the talents of each soloist one at a time yet all flowing together effortlessly. The piano playing reminds me of the way Wayne Gretzky played hockey. By assisting others humbly, he proves himself great. Full of Heart, Joy, and Love, it Astonishes me. The song makes me feel that after many years of seeking, WE WILL BEGIN ANEW (January) with Passion and Joy in our mission in this life. We will indeed "embrace the journey" fully. We will never completely understand everything in this life, but with Trust and Faith WE WILL OVERCOME. BELIEVE IT! This piece entirely blows
me away.

SCHERZO is something any musician will appreciate. What a technically challenging solo! Can he play that with only two hands? Ha. I think this represents what the artist has learned and hopes the listeners do as well: Happiness, Peace, Joy and Contentment. Displaying lightheartedness, energy and vitality along with introspective moments it is extremely engaging. The guy has talent. Hats off to Scott!

I am already anxiously awaiting more from this artist. I'm hooked. There is no limit to what he can do. I give this my highest recommendation.

- SOARING HEART

Kristina

This CD is amazing!
This cd is wonderful, it flows together so beautifully. I met scott Davis in the mall. I'm a teenager and this is the best piano cd I've ever heard. I take it to school with me everyday.