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On this insightful disc, 14 of Tom's original 100 or so compositions live on in the hands of pianist John Davis. While "Battle of Manassas" is perhaps Tom's most enduring piece, the entire disc is entertaining and playful. The music is a strange and wonderful mix of romantic compositions, gallops, marches, and a nocturne. Tom's music is charming--he imitated nature sounds ("The Rainstorm," composed when Tom was just five) and sewing machines ("Sewing Machine")--and, at times, sophisticated. Davis has a true love for this music and the liner notes--including an essay by Amiri Baraka--are extensive. In short, it's a enlightening discovery and a fun disc for all piano lovers. --Jason Verlinde
This is wonderful music, stirring, descriptive, evocative and beautiful.
Blind Tom's life may have been tragic but his music was beautiful and we can thank John Davis for bringing both of those realities to our attention.
I can't recommend this enough to anyone that just likes good piano music to those who enjoy a bit of history too.
I am just glad the compositions from the damaged mind of this horribly exploited man survive for us to enjoy. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Charles Turner
I only heard of blind Tom last week. After looking him up on the internet.
While looking for something interesting on TV I came across the story of Blind Tom Wiggins. Read more
Musical reviews should start with the music itself and John Davis performs these pieces brilliantly, with technical finesse, a deep emotional commitment, and, one senses, strong... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Ed C. Fields Jr.
This recording reflects Victorian sensibilities at their best; lots of sentiment and fire. Here we see playing breaking out of the stoic past (initiated by Liszt and Paganini). Read morePublished 20 months ago by Philip S. Taylor
All the previous reviewers said all that needs to be said about this modern day masterwork. Humour and charm abound. AAAA ++++Published on January 11, 2013 by ECMfan
Not only is Tom's music incredible, but John Davis is one outstanding pianist. I thank Mr. Davis for bringing this music to the public.Published on August 1, 2011 by Barrie
Absolutely stunning CD. Refined and delicate. Music typical somewhat of the mid 1800s with a modern classical feel occasionally. Enjoyable listening/intriguing/exciting/relaxing. Read morePublished on July 10, 2009 by Leonard Lauro