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The worth of a thing is not only to be found in its bottom-line value. That's the idea at the heart of Canadian artist Emily Carr's painting Scorned as Timber, Beloved of the Sky, which depicts a solitary tree, rejected by loggers who have clear-cut its neighbors, stretching improbably but majestically into the heavens. It's a sentiment that resonates deeply with pianist/composer Renee Rosnes. On her new album, Beloved of the Sky – which borrows its title and cover art from Carr's painting – Rosnes explores the beauty and wonder to be found in life's more elusive, intangible joys.
The album's nine pieces ruminate on pleasures and inspirations that don't come with a price tag – the splendor of nature, the mysteries of the universe, the comforts of home, the treasured memories of lost loved ones, the simple warmth of an inside joke. Beloved of the Sky also celebrates the chemistry and discovery made possible by a band of truly remarkable musicians, each one a master of their instrument: saxophonist Chris Potter, vibraphonist Steve Nelson, bassist Peter Washington, and drummer Lenny White.
"The beautiful thing about working with such masters is that they channel a wealth of experience, skill and imagination into the new compositions," says Rosnes. "It's exhilarating to hear the music transform and blossom, and inevitably develop into something greater than what I initially imagined." Beloved of the Sky is a gorgeous yet defiant statement that aspires to the heavens while staying firmly rooted to the earth, bold and striking in its unique beauty.