Pianist Catherine Marie Charlton puts together a hip modern jazz collection here with a mix of originals, standards and surprises. She teams up with J. Jody Janetta/dr, Steve Meashey-Barry Green/b, and a front line of Jeff Oster/fh and Elliott Levin/ts-fl for some thoughtful moments. Her touch has a hint of French impressionism in it, displayed on her Satie-esque touch on the prismatic “Dance of the Graceful Maiden” and Satie’s ow “ Gnossienne No. 4.” Oster’s horn floats over the water lilies of “Autumn Leaves” while Levin’s flute glides over some restless drum work on “Birds Flower” and his tenor weaves around oblique piano and drums on “The Lonely Cobbler.” A graceful ballet of styles makes “Beneath the Dream” a joy, and the thoughtful “All That I Feel “ closes the album like a Monet oil. Rich textures and reflections here.
"I'm a huge fan. Catherine's music touches people, including myself, so deeply; I've seen it bring some to tears. Combine that level of musicianship with the stellar arrangements and production quality heard on Maiden's Voyage and you get musical magic."
— Phil Nicolo
Grammy winning engineer/producer
"Catherine is a great pianist, composer, and improviser."
— George Winston, pianist
"Every now and then an artist emerges with the power to define a genre. Composer/pianist Catherine Marie Charlton has the genius, sensitivity and strength to fuse contemporary jazz improvisation with classical styling in a way that stops you in your tracks. She is a star in ascension."
— James Reilly, Chairman
The Philadelphia Society for Art, Literature & Music
"Intricate, unexpected, and rich ...watching her play is like watching a painting come alive."
"It takes an ultra-special solo piano release to ignite the kind of fire in my reviewer's soul that I felt when I first played River Flow - Sanctuary, and after five or so playings my enthusiasm for the album has not diminished one bit." Rating: Excellent
"Trying to imagine how many years of practice and discipline it would take to elevate one's art to this level of playing. Loving it..."
— Arun Shenoy GRAMMY® Award nominated record producer
"At the top of my head I can think that only Mozart or Duke Ellington could achieve something as meaningful as this. ...The music has a timelessness to it, floating in the air or indeed a river in this case." Recommended
"In River Flow we encounter MUSIC: a piano that radiates freedom with no ties ...music that is truly alive with depth of feeling, care, passion, and warmth..."(translated by Anabella Salas) Puntuación: 5/5