|Studio album by Bradley Joseph|
|Released||October 18, 1999|
Adult contemporary (soft)
|Label||Robbins Island Music|
|Bradley Joseph chronology|
Having previously recorded on the Narada label and admitting it was a great experience music-wise, Joseph didn't like the lack of control over the end product, and asked to be released from his contract. He started Robbins Island Music in 1998, composing, producing, and distributing his own recordings. Hence, Solo Journey was released in 1999, composed of eleven soft piano compositions. While Joseph's first two releases, Hear the Masses and Rapture, employ mainly orchestral compositions and arrangements, this album features Joseph on soft solo piano and is characterized as being a "scaled down introspective, ... and while simplistic was still breath-taking", by Michael Debbage of Wind and Wire Magazine. Joseph's goal for this album was to provide an "intimate and peaceful environment for the special times we all encounter in our lives". Reviewing for Solo Piano Publications, Kathy Parsons calls it a "beautiful musical excursion", "...inviting the listener to kick back and relax for a while"; although, as a piano teacher, she opined that "most of the piano parts sound electronic", stating, "As good as the electronic pianos have gotten, they lack the warmth and richness of a great acoustic grand."
A composition that, "...starts out with a bittersweet melody, and then builds in intensity and complexity with cello, winds, and ethereal sounds intertwining around the piano. Then it breaks off, and the opening melody returns".
A simple, straightforward melody with a gentle rhythm, states Kathy Parsons of Wind and Wire Magazine.
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Parsons observes that "The Long, Last Mile" starts out with a bittersweet melody, and then builds in intensity and complexity with cello, winds, and ethereal sounds intertwining around the piano. Then it breaks off, and the opening melody returns. She describes "Winter Moon" as a simple, straightforward melody with a gentle rhythm; and "The Poetry Room" as almost minimalist in its simplicity, "also very beautiful". She goes on to say, "'The First Snow' gently describes the quiet but dazzling splendor of the first snow of the season. Joseph makes effective use of arpeggiated chords in the upper registers to depict the light dancing in sparkles.
- "Winter Moon" – 3:58
- "Yesterday Is But A Dream" – 3:21
- "The Poetry Room" – 3:20
- "Letters From Home" – 2:30
- "A Summer's Story" – 3:41
- "The Long, Last Mile" – 4:05
- "October Forest" – 5:15
- "The First Snow" – 2:10
- "Season's End" – 5:08
- "Wind Farmer (piano version)" – 4:15
- "Love Remains" – 1:58
- Art and Design – Tony Horning
- Portrait Photography – Buck Holzemer
Joseph has published sheet music for all eleven compositions from Solo Journey ranging from easy/intermediate to intermediate/advanced, with some compositions transposed to easier key signatures. Transcribed by Steve Trochlil.
- Wheeler,Fred (2002). "Interview with Bradley Joseph". Indie Journal (archived version of indiejournal.com). Archived from the original on 2004-11-01. Retrieved 2006-12-21.
- Debbage, Michael. "Review of Christmas Around the World". Wind and Wire Magazine (windandwire.com). Retrieved 2006-12-21.
- Solo Journey (CD liner). Bradley Joseph. Robbins Island Music. 1999. BJOS-2D.
- Parsons, Kathy. "Review of Solo Journey". Solo Piano Publications (solopianopublications.com). Archived from the original on 2007-05-16. Retrieved 2006-12-21.
- Debbage, Michael. "Review of The Journey Continues". Wind and Wire Magazine (windandwire.com). Retrieved 2006-12-21.
- Joseph, Bradley (2000). Solo Journey Intermediate Piano Book. Bradley Joseph Publishing.