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Jim Ridl’s Door in a Field

- CD Review

Jim Ridl’s Door in a Field

Jim Ridl on Piano and Korg x5d
Darryl Hall on Accoustic Bass
Mark Walker on Drums and Percussion
Diane Monroe on Violin
Kathy Ridl on Viola and Accordion
Jeffrey Solow on Cello

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
August 2, 2004

This CD is a lovely tribute to Jim’s family and to the farmland of North Dakota. With personal poetry and reflection, Jim has underscored the emotional and regional relevance of this music to him and to his musical inspiration.

Notable tracks:

#2 – Sweet Clover – Composed by Jim Ridl. With a resonant bass lead, Jim has developed a very Middle-American theme, evocative of nature and innocence. A fairly long piece, it centers on bass and piano, with eventual introduction of strings.

#3 – Caragana – Composed by Jim Ridl. What a lovely idea to include an accordion in a New Age motif. The piano and drums carry bits of the accordion’s theme and then develop a melody with an exotic touch.

#5 – Door in a Field – Composed by Jim Ridl. The title piece features Ridl on piano in a meandering and thoughtful theme. Hall’s bass presents a rich background with sensitive strings in a fused ballad.

#7 – Discin’ – Composed by Jim Ridl. In this composition, we hear a piano-bass conversation in abbreviated rhythms, like a slow walk through a warm field at twilight. There’s originality and a fresh quality to this piece.

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