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Transitions

Patrick O'Hearn Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (October 4, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B005R2S3QY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,484,013 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

2011 album from the veteran musician. Patrick O'Hearn's musical path has lead him through several varied eras: bassist for Frank Zappa, the San Francisco Jazz scene of the '70s, session player, '80s new-wave synth band Missing Persons, film and TV composer in the '90s, John Hiatt roots-rock in the 00s, and throughout most of the aforementioned, solo recording artist. O'Hearn's varied discography began in the Bay Area Jazz scene of the early '70s.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite Introspective Sonic Vistas August 23, 2011
Format:MP3 Music
I have been listening to Patrick's music since the `80's, and I can say that this release does NOT disappoint. His opening track, `Reaching Land', which was previously released as a single, sets the tone for a wonderfully fresh if not slightly nostalgic new journey. `Courage' is a fragile cinematic piece that could have been an Edward Shearmur piece, but there is something distantly disquieting that we eventually catch a glimpse of at the conclusion of the piece - awesome, Patrick! `Playground' evokes an eerie innocence like a half-remembered childhood dream. On `Restless', new and older familiar timbres blend with mechanical and metallic precision, while still infusing the woodiness of the fretless bass / cello lead, which creates a vista only O'Hearn listeners could recognize. Crystalline `Patterns' offers a simple and lovely look at musical structure and complementary substance, which leads us to a similar piece - `Well-Mannered', which is a more classically-inspired version of the similar pattern structure, using more natural and signature O'Hearn tones. Taking `Flight' is a fairly minimalistic O'Hearn piece, with the occasional burst of soaring textures. My favorite piece of the album is `Sea', with is warm pads and strangely inverted rolling "waves" and subtly flanged swells; the addition of the sparse reverberant piano lead is just perfection, and evokes the huge vista of being on a sailboat at sunset when the sun is golden bronze and the water flows like molten copper. The final piece `Frontiers Revisited' is a bit of a quirky piece with a clockwork-like lead-in that builds with piano, marimba, and is a nice nod to some of Patrick's other work that doesn't necessarily fit neatly into any "ambient" category. Read more ›
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MAGNIFICENT! O'Hearn "Transitions" full-circle. November 11, 2011
Format:Audio CD
I've been a longtime fan of Patrick O'Hearn since at least the summer of 1998 when I began buying his CDs starting with his collection "The Private Music of Patrick O'Hearn". Since then, I have bought all of his albums starting with 1985's "Ancient Dreams" and everything released since then including "Glaciation". While I enjoyed it a lot back in 2007, it left something to be desired for me. A four year wait ensued but it culminates in his 13th studio album (Not including soundtracks) entitled "Transitions" and it is MAGNIFICENT! I can't even begin to justify the sense of wonder at how O'Hearn has kept his magic and his Midas Touch intact for nearly 30 years, both with Missing Persons but also as a solo artist. "Transitions" heralds a return to O'Hearn's roots as both a cellist, a pianist, and composer and blends all of his classic styles ranging from the electronic keyboards of his early albums, and the echoing pianos of post-Indigo works and yet creating a style all of it's own. A good four years after his previous release, that time frame shows in how different this one is from its predecessor.

The opening track entitled "Reaching Land" harkens back to the days of 2001's "So Flows The Current" with the combination of echoing pianos echoing amidst a musical palette of watery keyboard arrangements both climaxing with ceramic percussion rhythms that only O'Hearn can create. It blends echoes of, "The Stroll" from "Rivers Gonna Rise" and echoes of "Crossing the Divide" from "Metaphor". A must-hear and the first opening notes convinced me this CD would be great. "Courage" is a holdover from 2007's "Glaciation" with a wintry, orchestral atmosphere, and similar atmosphere, like the evening sky in mid-winter.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars O'hearn's best yet January 16, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
As a long time fan of Patrick O'Hearn, I can confidently say he gets better with age. If you like "So Flows the Current", and "Beautiful World", you will find that Transitions surpasses both for meaningful serenity. Borrowing long, sustained, minimal pianoscapes from "Slow Time", the sound washes over the soul as a calm embrace. I'd say that O'hearn has surpassed Steve Roach and even Harold Budd in my pantheon of Ambient masters. A life-changing, "Must Have".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A master Composer Cemented December 30, 2011
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
I became an instant fan of O'Hearn when I bought "Ancient Dreams" as a teen in 1985. While I had initially thought that the private music label was the magic, as that New Age stable of artists collapsed into BMG I began following O'Hearn's work through his many label incarnations and realized the magic was O'Hearn himself. I have remained faithful to him in the 26yrs since that initial purchase, chiefly due to HIS remaining faithful to himself and his incredible ability to evoke emotion, pure and simple, through instrumental moods. I have had the privilege of corresponding with him on two occasions and found him to be genuine and gregarious. This new recording is a continuation of his vision of simple, direct mood, movement, and flow through instrumentation. It sounds like an effortless combination of his nostalgic "Slow time" (where he brought back his old analog equipment)and "Glaciation" which was more of a return to his works of the 1990s, like "Indigo." There are also wonderful moments, as in "Patterns" where you almost feel you are listening to extra tracks that didn't make it to the "Ancient Dreams" recording. I have learned not to try and fit O'Hearn into any one category, as his work is really it's own dimension, only having vague reference here and there to the recordings of Harold Budd, or Later Brian Eno. But O'Hearn is always richer, and somehow seems to capture the truth of emotion through sound. "Transitions" is a solid O'Hearn offering and strongly representative of his general style and work ethic. buy it, you won't regret it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Amazing
Published 1 month ago by Gregory R. Price
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm in love with Patrick O'Hearn's music
Transitions is another great album by Patrick O'Hearn, who started his career as a jazz bass player and has transitioned into more of a composer, with an emphasis on very mellow... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Todd Bradley
5.0 out of 5 stars One of His Best Yet
I have Patrick O'Hearn's work going back to the 80's, and I've enjoyed the auditory journey and how his style has grown and evolved over the years. Read more
Published 8 months ago by tygress66
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to the Future With Patrick O'Hearn
I discovered Patrick O'Hearn in the early to middle '90s and was immediately drawn to his music. There has just been something appealing about his stuff that I can't really put a... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Martin W. Novak
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome addition to any O'Hearn fan
"Transitions" is consistent with O'Hearn's work since El Dorado, and as a old bass player I always am joyed to hear O'Hearn's warm, velvety tone.
Published 20 months ago by Stephen Dacovich
5.0 out of 5 stars Transitions by Patrick O'Hearn
I cannot get enough of Patrick O'Hearn and his wonderfully balanced music. It inspires, it soothes...and I absolutely love Transitions. Thank you, Patrick (and Amazon. Read more
Published on July 9, 2012 by Daners
5.0 out of 5 stars Bootleg
Wish I could upload my recording of one of his L.A. concerts, back in the '80's. It is hard to believe that he went from "Missing Persons" to what he does now.
Published on May 5, 2012 by BeemerBurner
5.0 out of 5 stars Perpetual ascension
I have been a Patrick O'hearn fan since Missing Persons so I followed very closely his move to what was called New Age and have everything he has ever given us (and a demo that he... Read more
Published on March 16, 2012 by nathan robbins
2.0 out of 5 stars Dull & uninspired
I've been a devoted fan of O'Hearn since the 80's and have all his music. I have always concurred with positive reviews & really hate to write this, but do so to prepare other... Read more
Published on February 12, 2012 by BlueOwl
5.0 out of 5 stars Another equisite session
Once again Patrick O'Hearn has captured what no other artist can; a zeitgeist for a fluid, energetic and at the same time rapturous flow from song to song. Read more
Published on February 11, 2012 by Bella Italia
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