The Time Gallery

With class acts like eighth blackbird and Paul Moravec releasing on Naxos, it’s become clear that the budget label is playing in the same sandbox with the majors. Now, if they can just let go of the horrid design template. Take a look at the packaging of eighth blackbird’s last release on Cedille: straightforward and clever, with alluring colors. Coincidentally, this description also matches Moravec’s music on The Time Gallery. The composer combines simple melodic passages and blurs the edges with carillon-like soundscapes of bells and chimes. eighth blackbird’s confident rendition of the composer’s meditation on time isn’t for clock-watchers per se. The music does materialize a bit slowly, but then it demands attention too often to ignore, must be all those subdominant minor chords.

–RN