Stolen Moments 4:410:00/4:41
Where the Beatles meet the Grateful Dead. This track has a nice 3/4 (waltz time) feel to it, and I enjoy playing it. The challenge was to develop an opening figure, so that when the main vocal is stated by the piano, the classic theme is still fresh. After the song is complete, a brief Dead jam ensues. I wonder if the Dead ever played a jam in 3/4 time? Recorded 5/16/2020.
Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds is one of the signature tunes from John Lennon and Paul McCartney, representing the Beatles at one of their absolute peaks. When translated to solo piano, the crystalline beauty of the song comes even more clearly into focus. Listeners can hear the echo of John's voice vibrating through the piano, as the sonic traceries of the Lewis-Carroll-like lyrics float by like a psychedelic river. Recorded on 2/20/19.
This highly-anticipated new release brings pianist Rob Catterton's successful studio album, "A Grand Piano Tribute to the Grateful Dead," to a live, concert hall setting. “Live in the Redwoods – A Grand Piano Tribute to the Grateful Dead” offers fresh interpretations of twelve classic Dead jams, highlighted by Dark Star, St. Stephen, The Other One, China Cat Sunflower, Terrapin Station, Cassidy, and Morning Dew. Accompanied by two beautiful interpretive dancers onstage and enhanced by the psychedelic set design, the pianist's performance captures a spark of the energy, spontaneity, and creativity of the Grateful Dead.
"That mysterious something that the Grateful Dead found – you could feel it in the air that night," the pianist remarked. "It was a shared experience – the music, the dancers, lighting and set design, and the audience of hardcore Dead Heads who braved the storms and flooding to attend."
Rob Catterton's original studio album, "A Grand Piano Tribute to the Grateful Dead," was remastered by Jeffery Norman, the Dead's primary mastering and mixing engineer. The album was met with critical acclaim, receiving national airplay on Sirius XM's "Tales from the Golden Road" (2016) as well as David Gans' nationally-syndicated "Grateful Dead Radio Hour" (2017). Lyricism abounds in Catterton's silvery hands, and in July, 2018 the album received its first international airplay as the featured album on Frank Poppe's "STASH" radio" from Hamburg, Germany. Recorded on 1/22/17.
Self-recorded in 2015 and remastered two years later by the Dead’s legendary mastering engineer, Jeffrey Norman, Rob’s original Grateful Dead release combines the silvery sound of his solo piano style with the magic of the Dead’s original compositions. From the opening “Jack Straw” to the half-hour medley culminating in “Dark Star” to the wistful “Rosemary” at album’s end, classic Dead compositions are brought to life in a thoroughly enjoyable new way. Catterton has the ear and the chops to do justice to the genius of Jerry Garcia and his fellow musicians, and the Dead’s musical adventurousness lives on in this, the first and original full-length album release of Grateful Dead music by a solo pianist. “Bird Song” received national airplay on Sirius XM’s “Tales from the Golden Road” as well as on the nationally-syndicated “Grateful Dead Radio Hour.” Recorded after the Fare Thee Well shows in Chicago, July 3 & 4, 2015, and on various dates in August and September, 2015.
A collection of solo piano compositions that makes every note -- and every silence -- count. Focused on graceful chord structures and melodic improvisations, the pianist’s silvery touch provides moments of great beauty. Classified as jazz, this quietly creative work is in the tradition of calm, clear pianists such as George Winston and Keith Jarrett.