Common Places
  • Released: October 28, 2006
  • 10 track(s)

A Steinway Concert/Recording Artist, Starr has recorded or performed with a stellar array of artists including BB King, Seal, Stevie Wonder, Mariah Carey, Carole King, Whitney Houston, Ray Charles, Al Green, Mavis Staples, Carlos Santana, Phil Keaggy, Jimmy Cliff and Patti Labelle. Starr also performs as a solo piano artist throughout North America and Europe. Starr’s critically acclaimed solo piano recording Common Places, which was honored as Solo Piano CD of the Year (, was lauded by KCRW’s Chris Douridas. “This deeply passionate and beautiful recording (Common Places) is one of the best albums of the year.”

Review quotes:

“Parodi’s pianistic sense and delivery go way beyond creative. Words that come to mind while listening to Common Places include imaginative, courageous, dynamic, passionate, gutsy, pensive, restrained, and euphoric. I’m thoroughly entranced by the whole experience.”- Mark Vail, Keyboard Magazine

“This deeply passionate and beautiful recording is one of the best albums of the year.” – Chris Douridas, KCRW’s New Ground & Morning Becomes Eclectic

“Her performance and interpretations are innovative and yet classic and this is definitely a CD I will be playing for years to come.” – Gemma Dempsey, KCRW Music

“Powerful, romantic, visual, engaging, imaginative and dynamic—it is an album in touch with the soul of the piano and upon listening will touch you in yours. Essential!” – Mike Sargent, WBAI Niteshiftz

“Fantastic!” – Alice O’Neill, Hollywood Behind the Scenes

“Common Places is an inspired, engaging work with a singular vision that demonstrates the depth and breadth of Parodi’s influences, and clearly conveys her artistic voice, her insights and her virtuosity.” - Matt Gallagher, Mix Magazine

“Starr Parodi has crossed paths between the classical, pop/rock, modern con- temporary composition, and chamber jazz worlds as is easily heard on this solo piano recording. Her beautifully delicate and crystalline touch is a universally enjoyable sound that can reach the soul of most romantics or daydreamers. Listen to Common Places more than once, and you hear an assured confidence and peaceful serenity that rivals previous passionate piano troubadours like Bill Evans, Harold Budd or Ralph Towner. It’s that innate sense of perfection and purpose linked with intriguing diversity that makes the music of Parodi quite listenable. She uses modal minimalist inventions with some liquid electronics on the opening title track, follows-up by digitally delaying Buffalo Springfield’s evocative pensive, original protest song morphed into a hopeful refrain on “For What It’s Worth” and you are hooked…This is just about the prettiest piano project heard in recent years…” – Michael G. Nastos, Apple’s iTunes & AllMusic


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