Derek Paravicini | Echoes of the Sounds to Be

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Echoes of the Sounds to Be

by Derek Paravicini

Jazz piano
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. It's Only a Paper Moon
1:39 $0.99
2. Over the Rainbow
2:47 $0.99
3. Tea For Two
3:25 $0.99
4. Fish Gotta Swim Birds Gotta Fly (can't Help Lovin' Dat Man)
3:53 $0.99
5. Blue Monk
2:35 $0.99
6. My Very Good Friend the Milkman
4:13 $0.99
7. Ain't Misbehavin'
2:47 $0.99
8. Send in the Clowns
3:00 $0.99
9. When the Sun Goes Down
2:10 $0.99
10. The Entertainer
2:38 $0.99
11. Buddy Bolden's Blues (i Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say)
2:04 $0.99
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Album Notes
Derek, now in his mid twenties, was born premature, at 25 weeks, and weighing just over half a kilogram. As a result of the oxygen therapy required to save his life, Derek lost his sight, and his development was affected too. It later became apparent that he had severe learning difficulties. However, he soon acquired a fascination for music and sound, and, by the age of four, had taught himself to play a large number of pieces on the piano, of some melodic and harmonic complexity (such as Smoke Gets in your Eyes). Almost inevitably, with no visual models to guide him, his technique was chaotic, and even his elbows would frequently be pressed into service, as he strove to reach intervals beyond the span of his tiny hands!
At this time, his enormous potential was recognised by Adam Ockelford, then music teacher at Linden Lodge School for the Blind in London. In due course, weekly and then daily lessons were arranged, in an extensive programme of tuition that was to last for several years. Painstakingly (through physical demonstration and imitation) Derek acquired the foundations of technique that were necessary for him to move forward. His natural affinity for jazz, pop and light music soon became evident; together with his improvisatory talents, ability to play in any key, and flair for performing in public!
Derek's first major concert was at the Barbican Halls in London, when he was just 9 (in 1989). He played jazz with the Royal Philharmonic Pops Orchestra. Numerous national and regional television appearances followed, in the UK and overseas.
His increasing maturity both as a person and performer enabled him to give concerts in venues across England and in Europe; among them, Ronnie Scott's renowned jazz club in London.
Derek has a unique style of playing with a phenomenal technique that enables him to play and improvise pieces of the utmost complexity on the piano. His preferred styles are jazz, pop and light classical. He has a great memory, and can recall thousands of pieces instantly, which he can play in different keys and even in different styles. So he can play Bach with a 'walking bass' and jazz in the contrapuntal style of Bach!
Today, Derek is a student at Redhill College in Surrey, England, run by the Royal National Institute of the Blind. He attends courses at SoundScape - a unique performing arts centre for young adults with learning difficulties and exceptional musical abilities or needs. His talent, love of music, and - above all - the ability to communicate through sound means he will continue to thrill audiences for years to come in the UK and abroad.
You can find more information about Derek and his musical activities as well as a guest-book and an online gift-shop on his recently developed website:



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Henry Meadows

Easy listening while driving
I played it in my car I enjoyed it very much

sylvia carter

I love jazz and I work with people with learning disabilities
A good variety of music played in a professional and entertaining way

Mrs M Watkins

excellent c d
excellent c d well composed excellent artist

John Sale

Good old fashioned no nonsense jaz,super

Brian M. Malsberger

Sparkling and spirited. An excellent collection of pieces, played as you've nev
This CD contains an excellent collection of familar jazz piano pieces, played as this reviewer has never heard before - - with perhaps more spirit and more sparkle than any vocal interpretation. This highly engaging CD contains a a moving "It's Only a Paper Moon," a confidently hopeful "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," and a toe-tapping "Tea for Two." Judy Collins is given a serious run for the money with Paravicini's evocative "Send in the Clowns" and the "Entertainer" is a perfect choice for this highly entertaining collection. "My Very Good Friend the Milkman" and even "Buddy Bolden's Blues" may not be as familiar to some listeners, and that is all for the good: This CD contains suprises not only in style and sound but also in scope. With other cuts including a uniquely measured "When the Sun Goes Down," this is one CD that bears listening to over and over, as each playing reveals a new twist and a subtle aural flourish - - making mostly familiar songs seem fresh and new. After my first listening, I seriously wondered whether Edison had been as enthralled by hearing the first recorded sound as I was by hearing Mr. Paravicini's CD.

Liz Compton

Upon listening to this CD, any person would agree that the music is beautifully put together. Upon hearing Derek's story, they'd agree that this CD is remarkable. I watched the documentary of Derek's life on, and was so moved and astounded by his talent that I immediately purchased his CD. It's an amazing story of the complexities of the human body and mind, and I hope he continues to make beautiful music and to impress even the toughest music critics for years to come.

m broeker

This artis is a priceless treasure.
The talent behind this music is immeasurable and a joy to listen to. Please keep making CDs for those of us who only have the talent to appreciate greatness.


Echoes ofthe Sounds to be
This man is without doubt a genius, he has a unique musical talent and brilliant natural insight into this type of music. But while his playing is 'absolutely right', it lacks real magic and 'soul' in my opinion, it's perfect and neat but not inspired, it lacks 'magic'. Nevertheless I love the CD and am looking forward to hearing him play other styles of music.

Gary Burt

An excellent pianist.Original and wonderful to listen to.
This is a truly rare album in that the artist uses no backing or multi-tracking,simply brilliant piano playing at the highest level.I look forward to Derek`s next recording,his style is a breath of fresh-air!


It just blew me away,Derek has mastered the piano like no other I know ,and refr
I cannot think of one track I am not keen on,from begining to end it is a masterpiece.Extremes of the Entertainer to the hauntingly beautiful Send in the Clowns.I hope its not to long before we get another.
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