Gaze of Love
This is Ed's first CD, though he has been playing music since childhood. Ed grew up in the New York City area listening to the jazz piano greats of the era. He started playing the piano at age 7, and played in his first jazz combo in his teens. He began serious song writing a few years back, which coincided with the opening of his cafe in the Asheville, N.C. area where he showcased his music along with other local musicians. He began working on this CD in early 2003, which showcases the original music of that creative period. Wake Up, Natural High, and I Know are jazz tunes with piano, bass, and drums backing up vocals. Counterpoint is a violin and piano piece that weaves those two instruments in and around each other. Oh How The Heart is a song of recognition for the miraculous at the heart of everything. Heart Rhapsody is a cello and piano collaboration inspired by another great cello/piano duet. For Our Children was co-written by Ed and his former wife, and is a powerful poem for peace. Let's Remember was written as a reminder of the oneness of us all. Still My Mother is a poignant song of gratitude to Ed's mom who is suffering from Alzheimer's. The Gaze of Love, the title track, is a prayer, inspired by two of Ed's mentors, who encouraged him to create and recite a prayer on a daily basis as a meditation on presence. There are many talented musicians that join Ed on this CD including; Mary Davis, a gifted, accomplished and recorded singer songwriter; her daughter Emma Davis, with a voice of great range and power; Joe Ebel, a virtuoso violinist with several recordings of his own, and other fine musicians.. This CD has a little bit of everything, and is difficult to catergorize. One critic called it jazz infused new age music. Ed cautions against a narrow definition of new age, so as not to miss the range of music here. It is an eclectic and passionate blend of jazz, soul and spirit.