Through the Mind's Eye
Composer/contemporary pianist Richard Carr, native of St. Louis, Missouri, has returned to St. Louis after the ravaging of the hurricane Katrina of his home in New Orleans. Carr's approach to creating is one of tapping into the free-flowing consciousness of music, Richard is freely improvising on the spot. There are no sequencing or tracking techniques used during the recording. Everything is recorded in real time without any edits. In this regard, Richard's music has been favorably compared to Keith Jarrett, George Winston and David Lanz. His concerts are highlighted by his apparent ease at the piano or keyboard and his passionate playing. Most of his audiences are also treated with a new composition or improvisation created on the spot. Carr's improvisational composition style is full of melodic lines and rich harmonies indicative of the classical influences of the American, Russian and French composers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Additionally, more modern influences as diverse as Mannheim Steamroller, Tangerine Dream, John Adams, Keith Jarrett, Cole Porter, Thomas 'Fats' Waller, Steve Reich, George Winston, and George Gershwin are also evident. ABOUT THROUGH THE MIND'S EYE: This album is Richard's first CD. Recorded in the summer of 1997, it came from the recording sessions that were intended to be for a demo tape for Richard to get more jobs as a pianist in New Orleans. These improvisations were done at the end of the sessions to wind down from trying to get perfect recordings of some cover tunes. When the New Age Voice Radio Top 50 changed to the Top 100, Through the Mind's Eye immediately charted at #97 after several months of promoting. To date, it is still heard on new age radio shows, cable and digital radio systems with some regularity. There are very few copies left of Through the Mind's Eye for sale. It has been remastered and is will be available very soon for digital downloading. There are no current plans to reprint the CD.