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Keys Please: The Early Years

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Live recordings from Keys Please, 2004–2007

Pianist-composers Carei Thomas, Todd Harper and Paul Cantrell started Keys Please in 2002. What we thought would be a single concert became a midwinter tradition, 13 years and counting! Every year we invite a special guest to help us take on music of diverse genres, mixing solos and group pieces, composition and improvisation, for an evening of sonic surprise, wonder and beauty.

This album features our favorite performances from The Bride of Keys Please (2004), Song of Keys Please (2005), Keys Please: The Untold Story (2006), and Keys Please: The Reckoning (2007).


released January 31, 2014

Keys Please is

Carei Thomas – piano, poemmetry/narration (2,6,13), glockenspiel (6)
Todd Harper – piano, harpsichord (7), narration (7)
Paul Cantrell – piano, accordion (7), narration (7), synth (8)

with special guests

David Edminster – tenor sax (1), bassoon (11)
Jacqueline Ultan – cello (2,3)
Laurie Witzkowski – drums (6,13)
Gary Schulte – violin (8)

and the Keys Please Chorus (13): Brenda Bell Brown, David Edminster, Shada Buyobe Hammond, Katy Lowery, Greg Schaffner, Julie Schramke, Brian Smith, Kim Sueoka, and Bill Teeple

Cover drawing by Todd. Audio editing and cover design by Paul. Mastering by Greg Reierson at Rare Form Mastering.

Our heartfelt gratitude to the wonderful audience members and volunteers who have supported us through all the years. We couldn’t do it without you! Special thanks to Macalester College, particularly Gloria Ahlers-Uecker, Donald Betts, Carleton Macy, and all the student workers who recorded these concerts and ran the stage for us. Recorded live at Janet Wallace Concert Hall, except Keys Please Chorus recorded in Paul’s studio.


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In the Hands Minneapolis, Minnesota

Paul Cantrell is a composer, pianist, and ne’er-do-well bohemian.

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