Richard Carr's American Reflection is an excellent collection of a compositions that all seem to have some kind of nationalist perspective. This is a a very welcome recording and one that truly strikes a note within the heart of this reviewer. If a critique of a recording is supposed to be based what you felt while listening to it as well as how well it endures, then Richard Carr's American Reflection is nothing short of a masterpiece. Richard Carr is a New Orleans-based composer/performer, and his compositional repertoire is as diverse as the musical city from which he comes. Richard Carr's American Reflection is an optimistic record and one that speaks pages about the American landscape. Comparisons could be made to George Winston, as Richard Carr and George Winston both do most of their work on solo piano, but Winston's work is much darker, and it wouldn't be fair to compare the two. In a lot of ways Richard Carr's work is reminiscent of David Lanz or some of Keith Jarrett's more new age, improvisatory work. Richard Carr's American Reflection is an emotive and evocative record, and one that you will certainly enjoy if you love the sound of well-crafted compositions and solo piano.
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AllMusic Review by Matt Borghi