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Love

An album by John Boswell

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from Wind and Wire, Issue 13 (excerpt)

  • Dec 8, 1999
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I have to admit that I expected a lot of cliches from this album, but find that the more I listen to it, the more I "Love" it! It is so sincere, warm, and honest that it deepens with each listening rather than wearing thin.

The set opens with "Whispers", a wordless vocal duet with Julie Last and Boswell accompanied by piano - sweet and subtle. The majority of the fourteen tracks are solo piano, and what gems they all are! Boswell's playing style is fuller and more complex than many pianists of the genre, but it is never overblown or showy. "Recollection" is gentle and wistful. "Heartdance" is a swirling ensemble piece with piano, bass, guitar, and English horn. "Love Letter No. 1", "I'll Meet You There", and "Toujours" are piano solos without reproach - what open and pure emotion flows through these simple pieces. Cellist Martin Tillman makes a wonderful duet partner on the gentle and tender "Love", and also plays on "When You Take My Hand". The latter piece features Julie Last singing the lyrics she penned to Boswell's lovely and moving melody. "Absence" returns to solo piano with an aching quality - poignance set to music. "Secrets Revealed" explores the tentativeness and then exhilaration of letting someone really close.

"Love" is a winner - don't miss it!

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I have been a private piano teacher since 1981. I have been writing reviews for a long time, and have my own review and interview site, MainlyPiano.com. I teach piano in person and online, so now I can … more
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Label: Hearts of Space
Artist: John Boswell
Release Date: September 21, 1999

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