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© Kimberly Reeves Parker 2005 all rights reserved.
Liquid Sister – original music by pianist Kimberly Reeves Parker featuring saxophonist Grant Reeves, bassist Jon Evans and drummer Scott Amendola - strikingly beautiful, richly textured, deeply compelling music.
Album Produced by Grant Reeves, Executive Producer Gordon Stevens and Assistant Producer Tim Volpicella. Recorded at Open Path Studios in San Jose, CA. Engineered by Scott Sorkin (Boys of Sudan, Liquid Sister) and Nelson Braxton (Cotillion Rose, Rainstory). Mastering by Ken Lee. Photographer; Gary Parker. Designer; Cheryl Isaacson.
A little about the compositions...
Cotillion Rose, the first track on my sample CD was inspired by a deep longing for the comfort of my mother’s embrace. In moments of despair during a very difficult time in my adult life, I would retreat to my 100-year-old Beckwith upright piano stuffed into the back room of our studio. Cotillion Rose was blissfully conceived – a gentle retreat from a disappointing and harsh reality. Later, I dreamt the chorus, and the next morning it, too, laid itself out effortlessly, like a gentle gift. It was astonishing! Recorded with piano and soprano sax, Cotillion Rose is sweet and poetic and I feel it is one of my best pieces, lovingly devoted to my mother whose own life dance has truly inspired me.
Rain Story, literally written on a dark and stormy night with thunder, lightening and an ominous wind. This song was inspired the first night I was apart from my husband Gary. It basically wrote itself in about 20 minutes and, of course, is dedicated to my husband of 17 years, Gary Parker.
Boys of Sudan, was a process of discovery, bearing of soul, angst and further discovery. The undercurrent of the bass line was seamlessly created, but the melody was undefined. The song was untitled and tugging at me every waking moment, as half written compositions always do. While shopping at Super Safeway on San Carlos in San Jose I stumbled upon the most beautiful young black men. They were very tall, bagging groceries and politely serving customers with extreme shyness and reservation. They had scars from facial wounds, and hauntingly beautiful eyes. I sensed they were very special. The same week I read an article in the Mercury News about the Lost Boys of Sudan. I then realized who these boys were and from where they had come. I was deeply moved by their plight – their villages having been ravaged and their families killed. Ultimately 26,000 boys were displaced, orphaned or murdered. I was inspired and honored by their presence here, thus dedicating to them this piece, Boys of Sudan. The song was recorded as a jazz quartet with incredibly talented local musicians who helped create a great energy and life, representing the optimism and hope I feel for these young survivors who guided each other across 1,000 miles of harsh desert to safety.
Liquid Sister is a self-portrait. The piece was created in broad strokes from memories as a child playing along the creek bed near our home. Some of my sweetest moments were conceived on that creek bed with the daffodils and salamanders and cool water rushing beneath my feet. Liquid Sister is an underwater journey through the eyes of a water nymph living in deep isolation, powerful and pure of heart, mysterious and elusive, and quite alone. Liquid Sister is a love story, and my most beloved composition to date, recorded with piano, cello and haunting whale sounds created by rubbing mallets underneath the base of the piano.