(Clocked Out Productions)

Completely conceived and executed on prepared and toy pianos with no overdubs, this CD reveals that we definitely have a new arrival in the gallery of interesting musicians. Erik Griswold plays his keyboards in eloquently brilliant fashion, without thinking too much if he’s doing right with an Ellington cover or if he can mix Brazilian patterns with minimal harmonies that one could compare to Steve Reich. None of these names should detract from the uniqueness of Griswold’s personality, though: his sense of spacing and timing is so accurate and carefully developed that listeners are always participating with some or all of their body parts – boy, does this music invite you to dance and play yourself. Ever present in Griswold’s mind are Chinese folk tunes, which through his hands become beautiful artworks. All in all, this is a masterful release, full of positive vibration, splendid technique and rare intelligence.

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