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Holly Bowling

Whether behind the piano on a windswept mountainous cliff, at a hallowed venue such as Carnegie Hall, or playing shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the most legendary musicians in history, solo pianist Holly Bowling subverts convention with virtuosic playing, emotional immersion, and a thirst for invention. In 2015, she arrived as an exciting outlier on Distillation Of A Dream: The Music Of Phish Reimagined For Solo Piano. As her profile rose, she delivered Better Left Unsung only a year later. For this triple-LP, she re-arranged iconic moments from the Grateful Dead on her piano. It bowed in the Top 25 of the Billboard Top Classical Albums Chart

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Doug Collette's Best Releases Of 2020

Read "Doug Collette's Best Releases Of 2020" reviewed by Doug Collette


Given the challenging year that was 2020, “Best of..." lists may turn out to be the high points of the last twelve months. Certainly there were times in the spring when it seemed as though a drought of new music might be inescapable, but as summer turned to fall, the titles kept rolling out, with the ...

Album

Seeking All That's Left Unsung

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: St. Stephen; The Eleven; China Cat Sunflower; I Know You Rider; Sage and Spirit; Lost Sailor; Saint of Circumstance; Weather Report Suite: Prelude, Part I, Part II (Let It Grow); Stella Blue.

Album

Better Left Unsung

Label: Royal Potato Family
Released: 2016
Track listing: CD 1: Help On The Way > Slipnot!; Franklin's Tower; Cassidy; Bird Song; Wharf Rat; Unbroken Chain; Crazy Fingers; Cryptical Envelopment > The Other One; Row Jimmy. CD 2: Terrapin Station (Suite); Eyes Of The World (6/18/74 Louisville, KY); China Doll; Dark Star.

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Article: Album Review

Holly Bowling: Better Left Unsung

Read "Better Left Unsung" reviewed by Doug Collette


As wry as is the implication of its title, Holly Bowling's double album of Grateful Dead material, Better Left Unsung, is utterly absorbing. These thirteen wholly instrumental, solo piano renditions of material spanning the spectrum of the iconic San Francisco band's songbook illuminate why the songs are so memorable on their own terms as well as ...


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