Tender Ritual

by Jim Chappell

Released 1985
Unspeakable Freedom Music
Released 1985
Unspeakable Freedom Music
Soothing, Inspiring Solo Piano; Jim's very first album! It captures his essence and originality in a very pleasing and memorable way.
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"Tender Ritual" purchaser comments:

"Truly Amazing Pianist- Jim Chappell. I own almost everyone of the CD's by Jim Chappell - the Tender Ritual is one of my favorites. It is expresses beauty, warmth and is perfect for any setting. He is truly an amazing and talented pianist/artist. He expresses his amazing talents through his music. Thank you for the happiness you provide through this beautiful music!" -verified Amazon purchaser

"Very Relaxing- Jim Chappell is a my favorite piano player. I especially love the piece entitled, 'Blue Racer.' I first listened to that piece in Hana on the island of Maui. It captured the beauty of driving to Hana. He makes the piano cry and laugh." -Amazon customer

"Although Jim Chappell is being categorized as an American Smooth Jazz pianist, works such as Tender Ritual suggest there's much more to his compositions to leave it at that. 'Blue Racer' a delicate melodic piano theme that is closer to mood-sculpting and philosophy rather than any form of music by itself (New Age, Lounge, Sonata, Ragtime). The same applies to the impressionism of 'Ode To An Ancient Silhouette', a track that feels like a glittering reminiscence. The more lively 'Free Again' (closer to ragtime) is marginally a lesser track, however 'Sea Feeling' dives again into a sea of dejection and introspective analysis, and then ups the ante with a rich, intriguing and dynamic structure. 'Tender Ritual' is another brittle impressionist construction made out of seemingly superficial elements. The same goes for the blurry merry-go-round of 'Magic Sleigh Ride' and the bittersweet recollection of 'Little Dream', while 'Otter Chase' is another beautiful mini symphony that feels akin to a gentle swirl of flower petals and autumn leaves. 'Waltz For A Friend' is the album's recap, a vivid image that fades and leaves an imprint in memory as emotion. -Ily