Mitchel Forman: Just Ideas
Mitchel Forman (piano)
Childhood Dreams (Soul Note 121050-2)
Mitchel Forman (piano).
Composed by Mitchel Forman.
Recorded: Milan, Italy, February 1982
Rating: 92/100 (learn more)
I wish I knew what it was like to take an instrument and create music from whole cloth that was able to move people to deep contemplation. It must be such a rush. I do know what it is to be one of those so moved. It is why I listen and why I write. Mitch Forman is one of those gifted musicians placed on this planet for me to listen to and write about … and for you to read about.
"Just Ideas" is a gentle investigation of the sadness and longing in people's lives. It is constructed simply with the ideas that come to Forman while seated before the keys he knows so well. The signals from his brain tell his fingers the right pressure to use and when and where to precisely use it. His finger memory already knows what his mind knows. There is no delay between thought and action. It is pen-on-paper stuff at a level so advanced and magical that it will never be understood. It isn't just Forman who has this wonderful and mysterious talent. And it isn't just musicians. But he is exceptionally good at it. This music tells us that everything will be all right in the end. This we know because Forman has reassured us with a depth of emotion that few artists possess and are able to convey.
Reviewer: Walter Kolosky