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5.0 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

Valerie Gig ,

Beautiful...just beautiful!

Gina Lenee is a true talent, pianist and composer. In this CD, she showcases her technical skills as a pianist and composer and each track is beautifully arranged and ethereal. From the outset, The first track a Thousans Days Without You, is captivating in a gentle yet heartfelt way, compliemented by a soothing and flowing horn...to songs like Red Diamonds which features a gorgeous violin accompaniment to Gina's haunting melody lines...to uplifting tracks like Art of Life featuring a beautiful cello solo, it is a truly a "romantic" musical dreamscape from this very talented musician. Like the title "Red Diamonds", it is a gem!!

WKellerman ,

Let your imagination take you away!

Serene moods and fields of rolling hills are what I imagined as I listened to this album. The compositions are beautiful; CARRY ME AWAY literally took me on an auditory journey with the sounds of the piano, flute and gentle rhythms in the background. My favorite, the title song called RED DIAMONDS, is harmonically intense with violin playing that complements a drama that’s unfolding.

CandiceMichelle1 ,

Review from Journeyscapes Radio

Californian native and resident Gina Leneé is a classically trained pianist and composer who’s released a handful of albums since the early 2000’s. Her latest album, Red Diamonds, marks her first time working with Windham Hill Records founder Will Ackerman, which was recorded at his Imaginary Road Studios in Vermont. Comprised of ten compositions showcasing Leneé on piano, the album variably features guest performances throughout which includes Ackerman on guitar, Charlie Bisharat on violin, Eugene Friesen on cello, Jill Haley on English horn, Jeff Haynes on percussion, Jeff Oster on flugelhorn, Marc Shulman on electric guitar, Premik Russell Tubbs on electronic woodwind instrument and saxophone, Tom Eaton on fretless bass, guitar and vocals, and Noah Wilding on vocals.

“A Thousand Days Without You” opens in a graceful, unhurried manner with subtle English horn melding into the backdrop along the way. “Soulmates” continues in this gentle piano mode seemingly tip-toeing about, as accompanying violin further lends an added touch of gracefulness that perfectly illustrates a couple’s dance. Initially beginning more slowly, “Carry Me Away” eventually picks up a livelier pace with underlying percussion and a repeating piano riff throughout. Electronic woodwind and breezy wordless vocals further lend the piece a somewhat Celtic feel that likewise paints a scenery of open meadows and sunny skies. An especially lovely composition, it seems to tell of story of waiting to be whisked away by a lover whom one wishes will soon arrive. My absolute favorite piece herein is “The Moment”, clocking in at nine minutes as the album’s lengthiest track. This hauntingly sensual number treads along more ambient-jazz terrain, aided in part by drifty flugelhorn which helps to convey a deeper level of intrigue. Softly echoing percussion, subtle brushes of wordless vocals, sparse guitar notes and the mysterious melody of electronic woodwind perfectly round-out this piece, which serves as a shining example of many subtle yet perfectly placed musical elements coming together to create a truly outstanding composition. The title track, “Red Diamonds”, moves along in a somewhat galloping manner with its focal melody warmly accompanied by percussion and violin. The album’s most subtle piece, “Art of Life” is another highlight defined by a notably elegant melody graced by cello and airy vocals. And finally, “Forever” concludes the album as its most sentimental piece, led by a tender melody that’s once again accompanied by English horn.

Overall gently restrained and mostly low-key throughout, Red Diamonds elegantly sparkles and shines without the need for too much ornamental flash. Rather, many perfectly understated musical elements and subtle textures combine on this beautiful collection of pieces for a personal listening experience that is truly reflective, romantic and intimate!

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