Blue World is the second solo piano release from British pianist/composer David Izen, following his 2003 release, Ocean. More improvised and 'in the moment' than Ocean, Blue World conveys the joy of creating music spontaneously without allowing conscious thought to get in the way of the creative process. The son of professional musician Bernard Izen, who was named one of the top five clarinet players of recent times, David has been involved in music for most of his life. Classically-trained, Izen worked on the fringes of the pop music industry in London after university, composing songs and performing with a variety of bands. Influences from these musical experiences are discernable and give Izen a distinctive voice. Blue World opens with 'Honfleur,' a piece that begins with a simple rhythm and very spare melody that remind me a bit of Erik Satie. As the piece develops, a variety of themes emerge, adding complexity as each tells it's tale. 'Improvisation 2' is somewhat darker, looking inward and spontaneously expressing emotions as they are encountered. 'Old Waterfall 1' is the first of a suite of three pieces entitled 'Old Waterfall.' #1 is slow and a bit on the melancholy side; #2 is livelier and more optimistic; while #3 is in a state of constant movement although it is leisurely and calm. 'Improvisation 3' is almost conversational, speaking freely and sometimes passionately. 'The Golden Hour' is a lively and very intense two-movement piece. The title track closes the album with a lovely, flowing melody that is gently soothing and graceful. Blue World is an impressive and enjoyable second release from David Izen and should establish his place in the solo piano musical realm. Kathy Parsons MainlyPiano.com 2011.