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James Jarvis / Press

“When stepping into the bookstore on Front Street on Sundays, one can never know what to expect. Jarvis is an improvisational artist and feeds off of the energy around him. He also has an abundance of material that he still deems in development. Jarvis takes good care of his work. “All my compositions are like my children,” he says. “I love them all, and with time and nurturing they each take on a life on their own.” “Southern Landscapes”—a sampler of styles and arrangements that represent the body of his work—showcases great examples of his depth and aptitude as a player. Yet, the isolated sound of a studio recording is nothing compared to hearing Jarvis live. Both “Blue Sky” and “Mystic Path” express experimental tendencies and evoke feelings of peace and serenity (check them out on Jarvis’ Facebook and ReverbNation pages).”

““Southern Landscapes” is a smart mix of Jazz and New Age instrumental material, a collection of styles that borders on an album that at times feels like an up-tempo jazz release and then a film score. The result, and this is not a complaint, feels like a greatest hits album versus a single release. That variety makes it engaging and never repetitive.”

“Since January, Jarvis has played ambient jazz each week at Circa, this after a long stint at The Harp on S. Third Street. It’s his element. He hovers close to the keys, exploring his muse with a gimlet of Jameson on the piano. Playing is his process. He doesn’t use a song list, and likes to play at least three nights in a row. Starting each week with a clean slate and new ideas, he’ll refine by the second night and, by the third, he’s reached his goal.”

"Music is the bridge that brings people together. It is our common bond" - James Jarvis