Pianist Kerem Görsev's latest album 'Therapy' unites classical music and jazz in breathtaking harmony
April 14, 2011 (Istanbul, Turkey) Written by Robert Sutton. Classical music and jazz unite in harmony in Therapy, the latest album from internationally acclaimed pianist Kerem Görsev.
Recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios, Therapy is like a breathtakingly lush soundtrack for a film that doesn't exist except in the imagination of the listener. Backed by the London Philharmonia Orchestra and saxophonist Ernie Watts, bassist Kağan Yıldız, and drummer Ferit Odman, Görsev is in peak form, his immaculate piano playing bridging the distance between the cinematic sweep of classical music and the vibrant rhythms of jazz.
From the epic strings of the opening track, "Letter to Mimaroglu," it becomes apparent that Görsev is trying to achieve something ambitious here, to widen the scope of his lively piano jazz into big, beautiful music that could fill concert halls. He certainly succeeds. Wind-swept orchestration and Watts' soothing saxophone claim the spotlight on "Letter to Mimaroglu," but on "Storyteller," Görsev's piano is at the forefront, delivering crystalline melodies.
Görsev's piano playing is poetry in motion. On "Sunday," Görsev's piano is as bright and incandescent as its title. Again, it's like a movie soundtrack come to life but Görsev's playing draws you into each scene that he is composing. "Meeting Point" and "Simple Life" offer other sides of Görsev's vision. In "Meeting Point," Görsev's playing is more subdued, relaxed; it is jazz as it's most chilled out and comforting. On the other hand, Görsev's driving piano in "Simple Life" is powerfully dramatic.
Görsev has been releasing albums since his 1995 debut, Hands & Lips. Therapy is his 13th record and definitely among his finest. The production, arrangements, compositional originality, and performances are all of the highest order; music of any genre rarely gets better than this. (To hear audio samples of Therapy, visit http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/...)
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