Weston, Veryan / Tesselations
Album: Tesselations   Collection:Jazz
Artist:Weston, Veryan   Added:Nov 2003

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2003-11-10 Pull Date: 2004-01-12 Charts: Jazz
Week Ending: Jan 11 Dec 14 Nov 16
Airplays: 1 2 1

Recent Airplay
1. Jan 09, 2004: Memory Select
Scales 39-52 and 1 [excerpt]
3. Dec 11, 2003: Baptism of Solitude
Scales 7-12
2. Dec 12, 2003: Memory Select
Scales 13-26 [excerpt]
4. Nov 14, 2003: Memory Select
Scales 7-12

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2003-11-21
Solo piano in an upbeat jazz-recital mood, with lots of fast, precise playing and nicely melodic soloing. Abstract feel overall. It's upbeat but rather relaxing in a way.

The gimmick is that he's playing "Lutheal" piano: a grand piano outfitted with a mechanism to change the strings' timbre, muting the piano or making it sound like a harpsichord. (There's a photo of the Lutheal on the back of the CD booklet.)

As for the "melodic soloing" ... Weston apparently walks through a series of 52 scales, which aren't explained in the booklet. (I think he just *changes* scales 51 times, so he doesn't use 52 different scales). Whatever - it sounds nice.

1- Starts near-silent and crystalline; gets into some more vicious playing with a muted sound.

2- Chaotic scramble. Gets into some interesting, jazzy low-note grooves.

3- Keeps an upbeat jazzy sound. Listen for Lutheal effects a little after the halfway point ... makes it sound like a fast-forward toy piano.

4- A children's march with low notes. Gets fast and dissonant.

5- Skippy riffs with fun Lutheal effects.

Track Listing
1. Scales 1-6   3. Scales 13-26
2. Scales 7-12   4. Scales 27-39
  5. Scales 39-52 and 1