"Paradise", the title of John Pedersen's fourth album, was appropriately released on Valentine's Day February 14th, 2006. This excellent collection of instrumental tunes was inspired by John's courtship with, and subsequent marriage to his longtime sweetheart, Sherri. The honeymoon in Hawaii added even more inspiration to the project. In fact, when the writing for this CD began shortly after their July 2005 wedding, the music flowed swiftly and unabated.
The recording process commenced in October and continued through December at Andy Machin's Bigrock Studios, beautifully located in the country north of John's hometown Escondido, California.
Thirteen songs tell stories of love, romance and adventure in a smooth jazz & contemporary instrumental context. In addition to the jazzy stuff, four solo piano pieces played on a full grand piano and some groove oriented electronica round out this compelling album. The tunes flow together in a seamless tapestry of continuity. John's infectious melodies, cleverly weaved into this fabric, will certainly keep the listener interested.
Although John's keyboards include state of the art synthesizers, the addition of acoustic piano & organ provided a more human feel to this offering. Co-producer Andy Machin also made tasteful contributions on acoustic & electric guitars. Jeff Winckler's spirited performance on drums continued that theme.
John's fifth CD, "Groovidi", was released in March 2007. On this smooth jazz masterpiece, infectious melodies are weaved into a soundscape of hypnotic grooves and funky beats. Featuring a set of "feel good" tunes, much of this recording was inspired by John's first year of marriage and all of the enjoyment that goes along with that. In addition to John's keyboard work, the album showcases the sax/flute skills of Adreinne Nims, the tasteful guitar styIings of Andy Machin and the rock solid drum talents of Jeff Winckler.
After the success of "Groovidi", "Selected Piano Works" was released in 2008. In 2009, John's piano instrumental, "Afterthoughts", was selected to accompany a conceptual video (Sequence 1) which, ultimately, won a third place award at the Swan Lake: Moving Image and Music Awards ceremony, in Germany, on October 20, 2009. Subsequently, a newly remastered version of "Afterthoughts" was included on a solo piano compilation album entitled, "Acoustic Visions". After releasing several digital singles during the Spring and Summer of 2010, Mr. Pedersen debuted his "2012" album on 10-10-10. More detailed information, about these and future releases, is available in the NEWS section of this website.
With his music, John creates a magical and unique sound that transcends description. He provides a masterful collection of eclectic influences, all woven together into a compelling tapestry of lush soundscapes. Jazz, ambient and progressive elements are frequently anchored by a danceable rhythm section. Diverse ethnic percussion on many tracks, provides for a memorable multicultural experience.
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