Oddly, I stumbled upon the U.S. release of Gonzalez’s Solo Piano album, and Dustin O’Halloran’s 2000 album Piano Solos, within two days of one another. Funny how these things often happen. Serendipity, indeed.
I had received the Gonzalez CD (you may know him via his work with Feist) in the mail, listened to it four times in a row, raved about it to friends, listened to it some more, when, two days later, Mrs. A.D. catches Dustin O’Halloran (of Devics fame) doing a live piano set on Morning Becomes Eclectic in support of Piano Solos, Vol. II.
Both of these albums have proved to be a much needed breath of fresh air. Listening to, and taking in, their minimalist, sparse piano compositions is akin to a musical palette cleansing. The Gonzalez album, originally released in 2004, and only available as an import, is just now seeing it’s stateside release this week. The O’halloran discs are reportedly widely available at fine independent retailers near you.
MP3: Gonzalez :: Gogol
MP3: Gonzalez :: Manifesto
MP3: Dustin O’Halloran :: Opus #12
MP3: Dustin O’Halloran :: Opus #13
Amazon: Gonzalez – Solo Piano
Amazon: Dustin O’Halloran – Piano Solos