The tenth album, and recent CD release by solo pianist Richard Dillon, is “Irish Mist.” Dillon continues on here in his distinctive “Neo-Impressionistic” style, this time with a bit of Celtic flair.
The album is fifteen tracks, including a few crossovers from his previous release, “The Land of Nod: Lullabies for the Listless.” “Irish Mist,” a tribute to his recently crossed over mother, is a great impression of the cycles of life. Consequently, there is some sadness. And there is also some happiness, lightheartedness, and joy. Although not terribly complex in melodic structure, the songs are pleasant and lovely, sweeping us along gently into a wistful, reflective, dreamlike journey.
Here in “Irish Mist” Dillon leads us on a journey where we have opportunity to be transported to a different time and place, perhaps one simpler and more peaceful in nature than the one we currently find ourselves engaging in. With his “Neo-Impressionism” piano artistry, Richard paints us a watercolor landscape that includes visiting a mine, dancing on the light, and sailing away on a boat.
“Smiles,” track 3, and “Freckles,” track 6, are playful and lighthearted. “Dancing on the Light,” track 7, is one of my particular favorites, and one in which you can feel the actual lightness and freedom of your spirit. Dillon’s timing, keyboard expertise, and composition skills really shine through here. This is a truly charming track that you may find yourself listening to again and again. “Dying of the Light” which follows on track 8, is a somber juxtaposition. However, it is lovely in its own unique way.
Of particular note is track 11, “Into the Mines,” which steps out of the box and incorporates some interesting percussive elements in the way of antique mining equipment. Dueling violins also are interwoven, making an eclectic, provocative mix.
In whole, “Irish Mist” is a quite pleasant album for solo piano lovers, and a fine one to add to your collection.
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