All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

406

Rob Schwimmer: Beyond The Sky

Elliott Simon By

Sign in to view read count
Once in a great while in the musical incubator of the NYC downtown club scene, a truly musically sophisticated work with broad appeal emerges as if from nowhere. The truth, of course, is that these gems are the result of years of hard work, artistic development and unique musical vision: all these crystallize in the wonderful Beyond the Sky.

In his other musical lives, Schwimmer is the piano and theremin playing piece of the comedic duo Polygraph Lounge and a top keyboardist who tours with the likes of Paul Simon and Wayne Shorter. A discussion of Beyond the Sky that picks apart its classical/jazz influences would do a disservice to its exquisite gestalt and conceptual cross-genre integrative power. "Hello Again, whose presentation in both prelude and postlude brackets the three part "Suite, is Zen-like in its musical acknowledgement that the joy of saying hello again portends the inevitable goodbye. Short pieces and miniatures display dazzling technique and use brevity to enhance their passion. His complete mastery of dynamics and transition remind of how that which is left unsaid can be delicately powerful, with achingly beautiful quiet passages deftly contrasted with forte.

The inclusion of his striking "Waltz for Clara, a paean to theremin virtuosa Clara Rockmore, showcases the instrument's musical capabilities while "Hallucinations on Popular Songs impressively recasts standards such as "Stormy Weather and "Buddy, Can You Spare a Dime by filtering them through Schwimmer's singular sensibilities. That what is shaping up to be the finest solo piano CD of 2007 should come from such quarter makes this release all the more special.


Track Listing: Hello Again; Ostinato; Orpheus; Waltz For Clara (piano version); Hello, Again #2; I Would Talk With My Dad; Holding You In My Arms; Conversation; Quicksilver; Repeated Notes; Beyond The Sky; Buddy, Can You Spare A Dime Never Never Land; Double Helix; Atmospheres; Inside; Waltz for Clara (theremin version); All The Things You Are; Stormy Weather.

Personnel: Rob Schwimmer: piano, theremin.

Title: Beyond The Sky | Year Released: 2007 | Record Label: NuNoise Records

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Related Articles

Read Half Light CD/LP/Track Review
Half Light
by Karl Ackermann
Published: May 24, 2018
Read The Groove Hunter CD/LP/Track Review
The Groove Hunter
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: May 24, 2018
Read Powered by Life CD/LP/Track Review
Powered by Life
by Geno Thackara
Published: May 24, 2018
Read Seymour Reads The Constitution! CD/LP/Track Review
Seymour Reads The Constitution!
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: May 24, 2018
Read Mephiti CD/LP/Track Review
Mephiti
by Mark Sullivan
Published: May 24, 2018
Read Seymour Reads The Constitution! CD/LP/Track Review
Seymour Reads The Constitution!
by Doug Collette
Published: May 23, 2018
Read "when the shade is stretched" CD/LP/Track Review when the shade is stretched
by Mark Sullivan
Published: January 17, 2018
Read "Minor Step" CD/LP/Track Review Minor Step
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: September 19, 2017
Read "WashAshore" CD/LP/Track Review WashAshore
by Geannine Reid
Published: July 30, 2017
Read "Passin' Thru" CD/LP/Track Review Passin' Thru
by Mark Sullivan
Published: July 29, 2017
Read "Is That So?" CD/LP/Track Review Is That So?
by Jerry D'Souza
Published: April 9, 2018
Read "Kill The Boy" CD/LP/Track Review Kill The Boy
by Chris Mosey
Published: December 16, 2017