Elena Riu ‘Out Of The Blues’


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Following the global success of her 'Salsa Nueva' CD, Venezuelan virtuoso pianist Elena Riu returns with a simple but strikingly original concept. An eclectic line-up of sixteen of the UK 's foremost contemporary classical and jazz composers were asked to write a short piano-solo piece inspired by the blues. To this collection Riu added three compositions by 'established' composers: Samuel Coleridge Taylor, Aaron Copland and Stephen Montague (an extraordinary re-interpretation of the Gospel classic Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen) and her own piece composed specifically for the album. The result is a wide-ranging collection of works, each one reflecting the strong individuality of the composers and yet creating a thematically unified whole.This widely-appealing album features some of the UK 's leading composers in the classical-contemporary and jazz scenes. Riu asked them each to listen to their favourite albums and to draw inspiration from past and present masters of this genre. The compositions by Sally Beamish, Harvey Brough, Peter Cowdrey, Cimeon Ellerton, Julio D'Escrivan, Douglas Finch, Rolf Hind, Elena Kats Chernin, Ana Lara, Phillip Neil Martin, Lola Perrin, Nick Redfern, David Rosenboom, Huw Warren, Matt Wright and Nikki Yeoh are like a set of variations along the well-travelled road of popular music. Sometimes mellow, sometimes more rhythm than blues, sometimes jazzy or just plain funky, Riu's aim is to enthuse both seasoned aficionados and newcomers to classical-contemporary music through a kaleidoscope of fresh ideas, infectious rhythms and harmonic twists. Riu's solo piano is occasionally complemented by the subtle brushes of percussionist Joby Burgess (Powerplant, New Noise, Ensemble Bash). TRACK LIST: 1. OPEN 2. REMIX 3. ELENA'S BLIUES 4. DR J & MR H's CHEEK TO CHEEK MIDNIGHT RAVE 5. SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE A MOTHERLESS CHILD 6. MONSTA 7. FUNKY JUMP 8. PASTEL'S SONG 9. BREAKFAST IN MILESTONE 10. FLEETING BEUTY 11. BACK TO THE RIVER 12. MIRANDA'S BLUES 13. No. 1 FROM 4 PIANO BLUES 14. CAMINATA DE PASTELITO 15. KICKING LITTLE SHADOWS 16. ODE TO SUN-RA 17. RHYTHM, FALLIN' BLUES 18. OFF THE WALL 19. MISSY LAKE 20. NOBODY KNOWS THE TROUBLE I'VE SEEN Also available as downloads: Out of the Blues - Elena Riu