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Butterfly Rapture Review from Ricky Kej

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Butterfly Rapture cover 200Very grateful to have received a generous 5-star review of Butterfly Rapture on Amazon from Grammy® winning composer Ricky Kej!

“What a beauty! The expressive piano speaks a language of utter serenity and tranquility and makes any day a special one! From the sparkling melody that Brian plays out so beautifully on the piano on “Butterfly Rapture” to the soaring “Room for Sky”….the stark beauty of “Winter Aura”, the ethereal melody of “Playing My Heart”….the seriously lovely “Hills in Bloom”…each track imparts a certain imagery that imprints it on one’s mind. Now I just close my eyes and visualize these tracks :-). Produced brilliantly, this music is as incandescent and colorful as a Butterfly’s wings :-) :-) :-)”

Butterfly Rapture album review by Improvijazzation

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Here is a review of my new solo piano album, Butterfly Rapture, by Dick Metcalf at Improvijazzation:

Brian Kelly Butterfly Rapture albumBrian Kelly – BUTTERFLY RAPTURE: It’s been a while since I reviewed Brian’s fine piano work in issue # 86 – and on this outing, it’s all solo piano, which makes for wonderful Saturday morning listening! Pieces like the 2:32 “Flowers at Her Feet” swirl and dazzle your ears. The dozen tunes are, for the most part, quite short… like “Niko’s Delight” (3:20), but that makes them easy to listen to, and I can guarantee that they will have you coming back for repeated listens. What’s most distinctive about Brian’s playing is that the style is “all his”… nothing copied, all original, and vibrantly full of life. My personal favorite of the twelve tracks is “Piano Escapade“… strong chord work and a floating right hand that displays full mastery of the keyboard. I give Brian a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.98 for this fine piano album. Get more information on Brian’s Bandcamp page for this release.

Contemporary Jazz Album Sneak Preview 2

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Enjoy two more rough-mixes from the Brian Kelly contemporary jazz album project: “Monkey Stone” (Brian Kelly – piano, keyboards, percussion; Evan Francis – flute; Ben Mawhorter – tablas, djembe) and
“Liquid Embers” (Brian Kelly – keyboards, percussion; Eric Crystal – soprano sax).

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What I’m Working On

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This year I’ll be sharing album projects with you as they progress, starting with my newest contemporary jazz project: “Walk on Fire”. (AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY TO MY NEWSLETTER SUBSCRIBERS. Subscribe to the Brian Kelly Music newsletter now!)

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Review of Tomorrow’s Daydream Songbook

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Kathy Parsons, influential educator and supporter of contemporary and new age piano music, has posted a review of my new solo piano songbook, Tomorrow’s Daydream.” Here is the entire review:

Tomorrow’s Daydream Solo Piano Songbook is a sparkling collection of Brian Kelly’s own transcriptions of the eleven original piano solos from his forthcoming CD release, Tomorrow’s Daydream. This folio is a little bit unusual in that the sheet music book is being released before the actual CD has been recorded…

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Brian Kelly Music Plans for 2011

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This spring I hope finally to record the Tomorrow’s Daydream album on a real grand piano – in all likelihood, a Fazioli F278. I’m also working on two more songbooks… a revised edition of my “Pools Of Light” songbook (currently available only as a pdf file) will be published as a printed, coil-bound songbook. Also in the works is a printed songbook of twelve new solo piano pieces.

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Brian Kelly on Music In Motion compilation CD

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“Angels Breathing” (from my Pools of Light album) is included on a new compilation CD called "Music In Motion", which showcases the music of piano artists from North America, New Zealand and Europe, who offered their music for audio-visual projects at Swan Lake: Moving Image & Music Award.

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