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Espectacular. Brilliant. Genius. Bravo.

I'm celebrating the first anniversary of a life changing experience. Last year (I can’t recall if it was the 8th or 9th in february), I was at the TED conferences in Palm Springs, California. At the huge simulcast screen, a guy, strong as a football fullback, enters the stage in Long Beach. Accompanied just by his distressed tuxedo, a funny Beethovenesque hairdo and a rented Grand Steinway, Eric Lewis was introduced to the audience with no previous credentials, no mini-bio, no nothing. The guy sits at the piano. Thirty seconds of that kind of simple silence caused by no expectations whatsoever. What follows is a nuclear explosion of technique, energy, improvisation, strange faces, syncopation, originality and pure freedom. At the end of the performance we were in such collective awe, I can only remember having my hands numb from furious endless clapping. Eric Lewis was scheduled to play again on the following day, making an even greater impact into our ears and hearts. And for me this was when he was born. Of course he had a previous life: “he was a prodigy kid, winner of the Thelonius Monk Award for piano/innovation on Jazz”. Yeah right, we’ve seen this before. BUT the thing is, with the “cum laude” graduation at classical music and jazz, a career path of repertoire and audience insinuates itself. “No thanks”, Lewis chose to recycle Rock/Pop. And going further, he went to reinvent not only the classics, but the contemporary hit parade: The Killers, Nirvana, The Knife and Evanescence. Emocore, Electropop, Grunge. Personally, not my cup of tea. You may say, “what’s the point?“ 

The point is out: ELEW’S (his nickname) Rock Jazz Volume 1. Probably the best thing that happened to a piano since, I don’t know, Debussy? You can hear his power, his passion, his anger pounding hard on all of the 88 brave and dauntless piano keys. Nobody but Eric on the studio. Just perfect. Gold. Elevating. Disturbing. A crossover between the grotesque and the sublime, gathered in a very physical battle, the latter always brilliantly prevailing, 13 times. 

So my idea goes like this. Buy this album, play it on your car stereo, or iPod. Don’t be afraid of voluming up. It‘ll be a musical experience I don’t know if you'll ever ought to top again.

ELEW-See him LIVE!!

I heard Eric Lewis perform live at HR-57, a jazz club in Washington, D.C. Being a former pianist myself, I was amazed and entertained by his talent. He is an extraordinary musician. I just enjoy listening to him--his musical talent and the energy he puts into every performance is incredible. Buy the CD from iTunes, but go and see him live.

Better than Josh Groban

Just saw ELEW as the opening act to a Josh Groban concert. He is amazing. Believe or not all of the music is coming from the piano. He puts his hand inside the piano while playing and adjusts the mallets and strings to create different sounds.

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ELEW Rockjazz, Vol. 1, ELEW
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Rock
  • Released: Feb 01, 2010

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