Brenda Warren

As Years Go By

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The second instrumental album by pianist/composer Brenda Warren is a quiet feast of beautifully expressive solo piano pieces. Austere, moody, mysterious, and moving, AS YEARS GO BY embodies the wistful, passage-of-time feeling the title evokes. The deeply reflective quality of the music is never disturbed through the duration of the album; even the occasional addition of strings or synthesizer (as on the album's plaintive second track "Remembering You") serves to underscore the delicacy and poise of these compositions. Although the mood is pensive and often mournful, Warren's light touch and ear for gorgeous melodies keep things deeply engaging and even relaxing for the casual listener. AS YEARS GO BY plays like a soundtrack to a bout of bittersweet, autumnal melancholy, but it also proves a fine album to put on while unwinding and collecting one's thoughts.

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