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In the Season of Fading Light

September 7, 2012 | Format: MP3

$8.99
Also available in CD Format
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I had purchased Jeff's last two albums where he played Chapman Stick guitar - which are amazing - and had checked-in earlier this year to see he was recording a song each month and donating part of the proceeds to charity. Then, in August, he put together all 13 songs from monthly releases into this CD - and it was well worth the wait. This time, he is on piano (for which he credits to lessons from the legendary Philip Aaberg).

He creates a very soothing atmosphere and each note is consciously played to create a world not too distant from vintage Tim Story (form the mid '90s), hence the other sparse keyboard accompaniment to add to the fall-like effect. "Words from the Rain" is the highlight from this set.

We are in the autumn now, and this CD is a perfect way to remember our good fortunes from the summer growing season through the bounties of harvest time. The CD runs a little over 52 minutes to enjoy many times in the 90-days until winter.
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Quite long time has passed since Jeff Pearce's last album "Rainshadow Sky", released back in 2008. But this doesn't mean this ambient guitar virtuoso from West Point, Indiana, was inactive since that. In July 2011 Jeff Pearce has created together with his wife Anastasia a year-long project entitled "Provision Series". During this period Jeff was releasing each month one digital download single with donations to a different charity each month. A truly applauded project of this wonderful person and musician, and his family!!! "In The Season Of Fading Light" CD, packaged in beautiful 4-panel disc eco wallet, was released at the beginning of September 2012 on Jeff Pearce Music and features all 12 singles plus one unreleased track. The album again showcases Jeff's humanitarian dimension, because one dollar of each sold CD is donated to Feeding America. Mostly based on filigree piano performance, the album has a very strong evocative and nostalgic feel and showcase that Jeff Pearce is not only an ambient guitar genius, but also a very accomplished piano player. The portfolio of 13 tracks on the album is quite diverse even if the piano is the leading instrument, but we can hear here and there also peaceful guitar ambience, Jeff's indisputable trademark, along with few tranquil field recordings. The whole album is stunningly beautiful and intimate, with compositions ranging from more serene reveries, through those evoking long forgotten memories to those possessing more euphoric and melodic feel. Quietly meandering, title and opening piece "In The Season Of Fading Light", wonderfully merges sparse reflective piano lead with clouded ethereal guitar washes. Absolutely gorgeous intro!!!Read more ›
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I have been a big fan of Jeff's music over the years and am certainly among the many who regard him as one of the premier ambient guitarists in the new age music genre. So the transition to this primarily piano-based CD, came as a surprise, and marks another chapter for this innovative instrumentalist. Traces of his guitar electronics are found on some of the songs, such as the title track, which opens the album. Ethereal sustained guitar softly shadows the chord changes on this atmospheric and melancholy composition. A similar air pervades "A Secret Of The Moon," where the guitar takes on the semblance of a string section, gently supporting the wistful piano melody. Other songs, such as "Where All Rivers Begin," "Harvest Prayer," "Newfallen," and a number of others are all piano solos, and evoke memories of some of the classic Windham Hill pianists. As much as I have always appreciated Jeff's exquisite ambient guitar playing, I acknowledge him for stepping out to explore other avenues of instrumental expression.

Perhaps my favorite song on the album was "Words From The Rain," a dreamy drifting piano soundscape with clouds of guitar ambience and the sound of rain providing imagery for the minds eye. While I have been pointing out some of the guitar accompaniment, the piano is clearly Jeff's primary voice on this recording. The guitar work in this context is tasteful, yet understated. I was impressed with how well the music evoked the feeling of the title: In the Season of Fading Light.
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Jeff Pearce is an artist best-known for his ambient electric guitar recordings, starting in 1993. He later learned the Chapman stick and incorporated that unusual instrument into his music. Several years ago, Jeff started taking piano lessons from the legendary Philip Aaberg, so it shouldn't be a surprise that Pearce's tenth album, "In the Season of Fading Light," is mostly solo piano with occasional ambient accompaniment (also performed by Pearce). What is a little surprising is the enormous depth of emotion coming from a pianist who hasn't been playing the piano all of his life. These very spare, perfectly-formed compositions and improvisations are masterpieces of musical expression and beauty. But wait, there's more! Not only is Jeff Pearce a masterful musician and composer, but he is also an extremely caring and generous human being. The music on "In the Season of Fading Light" comes from Pearce's "Provision" series where he composed a new song each month from July 2011 to June 2012 and donated 30 cents from the sale of each song to a specific charity. Continuing in that vein, $1 from the sale of each album will go directly to Feeding America. The leisurely pace of the music is soothing and relaxing, but there is plenty of complexity in the music to keep any audiophile coming back for more. This album will definitely be on my list of Favorites for 2012!

The album opens with the title track, a haunting piece for piano and electronics where the ethereal quality of the background washes softens the darker and more percussive piano chords - a gorgeous effect! "Autumn and Regret II" is a more melodic piano solo with a gently moving rhythm. "A Secret for the Moon" mixes electronics with the piano (reverb, background washes), creating a mood that is mysterious yet personal and pensive.
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