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I found this album to be a delight from start to finish. As a pianist myself, I really appreciate the emotional impact of these pieces. I find the recording to be clear and direct - it sounds like you're sitting right in the room with the piano. Highly recommended.
Title: Paul Bedal Solo Piano
Artist(s): Paul Bedal, piano
Recording Info: Recorded 24 July 2020 at The Drake studios, Chicago, Illinois.
15ips, using two AKG 451 EB microphones on piano, a pair of API 212 mic
preamps, a vintage tube EMT 140 stereo plate reverb straight to an MCI JH110c
Mara two-track tape deck. Recording Engineer Anthony Gravino. Production
1. Someone To Watch Over Me 5:45
2. In A New York State Of Mind 3:38
3. Memories Of You 5:30
4. All The Things You Are 3:50
5. Lawns 5:01
6. Darn That Dream 5:03
7. Nobody Else But Me 4:03
Paul Bedal is a pianist and composer based in Chicago who earned his Bachelor of Music in studio music and jazz performance at the University of Miami and his MFA in Film Composition from Columbia College Chicago. In this performance we find him playing solo piano, focused on classic, gorgeous tunes such as Someone To Watch Over Me, In A New York State Of Mind, Memories Of You, etc. Paul extracts the beauty and depth of each song with a tempered, sophisticated and personal style which is easy to listen to, but which is at the same time engaging, moving and thoughtful. Recorded here using only two AKG 451 EB microphones and the legendary EMT 140 stereo plate reverb straight to a two-track MCI JH110c Mara tape recorder, the result is gorgeous sound; intimate, yet open, worthy of the artistry displayed by Paul.
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