Midnight Jazz

Becky Archibald’s magnificent piano playing filled with color and character | January 29, 2008

Reviewed by Vivian Fields

Becky Archibald/Mood Swing

You can probably film a movie around Becky Archibald’s piano-based music; filled with color and character, her compositions and magnificent playing take a life of its own. This is perhaps best symbolized by “What Might Have Been,” a dramatic piece that could’ve been a movie score for a romantic tragedy. Such is the artistry of a woman who is skilled in letting the emotions pour through her fingertips. This is not wallpaper piano jazz; it’s music with spirit and feeling.

The opener, “September,” doesn’t prepare you for how good the rest of this CD is. While pleasant and pretty, the record gets better, digs deeper into our heart as it proceeds. “Unspoken” conveys romantic longing while “Spring” captures the glowing beauty of the season which inspired it. Even better is “Spring (duet),” which adds a hauntingly beautiful cello to the arrangement. The title, Mood Swing, is appropriate as Archibald switches gears often, shifting from the playfulness of “Waltz” to the introspection of “Out of the Blue.”

http://www.beckyarchibald.com

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Julian Wilson, Editor, has been writing about different genres of music, from jazz to techno, for nearly two decades in print.

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