For such an accomplished and deservedly acclaimed musician, player, and arranger, pianist Nieve's latest is a tepid, pedestrian outing.
Easily the keyboardist of his generation, you'd never hear why on 'Windows'. A slow moving, New Age sound collage, the disc is, in theory and by way of Nieve's own design, what he has seen and heard peering through windows the world 'round. Gee, that's nice, but hasn't he ever opened a window and heard kids playing hide 'n seek, couples kissing amid Central Park flurries or let in God's good sunshine? Apparently not, as Nieve gives us the moody broodings and exactly what I like least of the New Age repertoire: sustained doodles and figures that sound evocative the first few bars and measures but wear out their welcome three to four minutes into the piece. Throw in some predictable crowd and gurgling babies, a jab and jonk of synthesizer, a guitar exercise any novice could pick and you have a very disappointed set of reviewer's ears.
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