Album: Incandescence

More reflective than melancholy, the music contains feelings of hope and comfort – like a nice long musical hug. (Kathy Parsons – Solo Piano Publications)

Reviews & Comments

“Incandescence” is Chuck Brown’s third solo piano release, and his fifth album to date. Comfortable working in many styles and genres of music, Brown’s piano style is easy and relaxed without resorting to ear candy. Some of the thirteen tracks are piano only, and others have string arrangements by Steve Bashaw. Brown also adds embellishments on electric guitar, bass, electric piano, and drums. Several of the pieces were composed as songs with lyrics, so there is a very strong sense of melody. The music is intended “for those who are going through tough times due to illness, loss of loved ones, or any other type of personal pain,” providing a warm and soothing respite. More reflective than melancholy, the music contains feelings of hope and comfort – like a nice long musical hug. All of the compositions are very easy and pleasant to listen to, but “Majoring In the Minors” really stands out for me. More rhythmic and upbeat than the other tracks, I find myself going back to it again and again. The title refers to the shifting from minor to major modes, not baseball! I also really like “Dark Matter,” a somber and somewhat mysterious piece that is more orchestrated than most of the tracks. Mournful and deeply moving, it’s a real beauty. “Early Morning Snowfall” opens the CD, a light and gentle piece full of warmth and comfort. The title track shimmers with a tranquil flow. “Misty Dreams” is an optimistic piano solo, serene and delicate, that seems to reassure that everything is going to be okay. “Sweetness and Light” is also warm and sunny with a lovely melody and gentle strings in the background. “Hearts Stronger Than Steel” was composed a couple of days after the 9/11 disaster, and is a tribute to the heroes who sacrificed their own lives to save others. The melting of the steel beams brought the buildings down, but “not the noble hearts of these heroes.” The electric guitar and rhythm track intensify the piece, but seem just a bit out of place in the context of the rest of the CD. It’s a powerful and emotional piece, just not as soothing and peaceful as most of the rest of the album. “Incandescence” is a very enjoyable listening experience, and can be purchased from www.chuckbrown.com, cdbaby.com, and amazon.com. The cover artwork is also exceptional!
Kathy Parsons
Solo Piano Publications

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