Seven Gifts (2016)
Mark Christopher Brandt: acoustic piano
About Seven Gifts (Released January 1, 2016)
Seven Gifts is a complete set of eight piano improvisations by Mark which were lifted from the DVD of the same name. This is Mark’s second set of completely improvised piano music done with no preparation and boldly displayed with all mistakes as in the days of the two-track recording process employed by the first “jazzers.” Not pretending to be a perfect pianist in the tradition of classical musicians or the cutthroat competitive world of jazz pianists, it seems as though Mark prefers the reality of the moment and the truth of the offering.
With Seven Gifts, as with its predecessor Seven Moons, the interaction between camera man, engineer, and pianist has been removed, leaving a smooth and peaceful recording of piano music that will leave the listener who has not seen the video to believe that these pieces were well thought out and practiced compositions. They are not. All eight tracks were composed on the spot with no editing. “The point of doing an album comprised of improvisations is not to prove that I am a great pianist. It is to prove and more to the point establish within myself, that I am a true artist, with no fear of judgment either of myself or by others.”
7. Wonder and Awe of the Lord
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