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Roots - The Solo Piano Album
Genres: New Age, Pop
Laurie Z. goes back to her roots on this superbly recorded solo acoustic piano album. This is Laurie's most intimate release, combining the passion and melodic flow of her prevous releases with a dramatic mix of new materi... more »
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Laurie Z. goes back to her roots on this superbly recorded solo acoustic piano album. This is Laurie's most intimate release, combining the passion and melodic flow of her prevous releases with a dramatic mix of new material created live in the studio. Considered for eight Grammy nominations. Recommended if you like George Winston, Elton John, Ludwig Von Beethoven.
Laurie Z ~ Music to my ears
Amy | Napa, CA | 08/06/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Laurie Z has released 3 albums, the first 2 being with other instruments complementing her keyboard talents, but this album, Roots, is her solo piano album and it is beautiful. I love her other albums as well, but this album is one you can put on and totally lose yourself in...I have seen her perform live in Southern California as well as in San Francisco, and once you see the passion in Laurie's playing , you will fall in love with her and her music. My absolute favorite is "For The Love Of A Child" which by the way, she created from scratch with the suggestions of notes and themes from the audience at one of her concerts! This lady is talented, not to mention down to earth and always willing to listen and talk to her fans. You will not be disappointed with this album"
From Wind and Wire, Issue 3
Kathy Parsons | Florence, OR United States | 01/26/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"For awhile it seemed that many of the solo piano albums being released were safe and predictable, and it was becoming increasingly more difficult to tell one artist from another. This past year has brought forth some excellent surprises, but some of these outstanding albums might be difficult to find. One that is especially deserving of the search is Laurie Z's newest release, "Roots". I love this album! This is Laurie's third recording, after "Window to the World" and "Life Between the Lines" which were made with her band. "Roots" is an autobiography set to music, and clearly demonstrates Laurie's diverse and deeply personal composing styles as well as her mastery of the piano. A classically-trained pianist since the age of four, her touch is warm and expressive. The album opens with "Stranger in a Familiar Land", which is one of my favorites. It is full of passion and perhaps a sense of questioning or wonder. "Michael's Song" is more subdued, but has its own wonderful flow. "In the Monterey Mist" feels just like the title - cool and soft with no hard edges. "For the Love of a Child" conveys a real sense of joyfulness and fun in its uptempo melodic swirls. "The Mysterious Painter" is another piece I love. It is a little darker, but is also passionate and somewhat questioning. "From the Ashes" is a study in optimism, and is again much more uptempo. "Dream Come True" returns to a quiet mood, but a happy and peaceful one. The title tune has a classical touch and lots of colorful minor chords. The feelings expressed are almost unsettling at times because they are so clear and real. A great surprise is "Too Blue", which fits in perfectly, but is different from the other cuts with its bluesy/gospel style. It hints that Laurie Z can get "down and dirty" at the piano with the best of them! The last cut, "Good Night, My Friend" is like a warm and personal conversation with a close friend at the conclusion of an evening you wished didn't have to end. The other three pieces on the album continue to intrigue the ears and emotions with their blend of passion and peace, as well as their flowing melodies. Everything about this album rings true and real, and I hope it is the first of many solo piano recordings from this dynamic composer and artist."
Dottie Corley | Oklahoma City | 06/21/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've always thought that music is a language in itself, and Laurie Z speaks as if it were her mother tongue. This CD will touch your soul. My favorite cut is The River, which makes me want to weep every time I hear it -- which is a lot, because I keep this CD on my computer disk drive. This CD will covers a whole gamut of emotions, from the delightfully upbeat For the Love of a Child, to the blues of Too Blue. I can't wait for Laurie's next solo piano CD!"