One at a Time (CD)
ONE AT A TIME
Long time PARMA composer Doug Anderson is showcasing his legacy with ONE AT A TIME. As the name implies, Anderson’s solo compositions act as milestones to the artist’s musical development through the intimacy of solo instruments.
As an instrumentalist early in his expansive career, Anderson found particular affection for live performance. In this album, you will hear the diversity of the composer’s inspiration amid its intense, physical element. The first track, appropriately named “...increasingly, physical…”, establishes tension with consistent building and release, creating captivating drama that draws the listener in immediately.
Various artists spanning the artistic timeline of Anderson’s career perform on ONE AT A TIME. Each track spotlights a different instrument, adding to Anderson’s compositional legacy.
“...increasingly, physical…” performed by Maureen Keenan, kicks off the album with her intense performance on the flute. The jazz-influenced composition is played with inescapable passion. Five Bagatelles and a Synopsis, on the other hand, is an exploration lead by pianist Jin-Ok Lee into a realm evoking free jazz sharing blurred lines with the avant-garde. Contrast that with “...springing, gradually…” which presents Debbie Schmidt and her French horn creating a grand orchestral sound that evokes nostalgia for the days of radio dramas.
Anderson’s ONE AT A TIME is nothing less than engaging. Listeners will be hanging on to every breath the musicians take. Performances are raw, emotionally arresting, and yet provide the perfect insight into the mind of a completely original and unique composition talent.