Picks and Pans Review: So Fa So Good

updated 05/26/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/26/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

John Jarvis

Less is more on this pleasurable album. A former L.A. session keyboardist who now resides in Nashville, Jarvis plays unadorned music of quiet beauty. Some of these short and sweet instrumentals have guitar, percussion and synthesizer added, but the true treasures are songs like Some Kind of Sunrise, which showcase the most moving solo acoustic piano playing since Keith Jarrett. Unlike Jarrett, Jarvis doesn't go in for lengthy jazz extrapolations. His style combines the coy lyricism of pop with the unapologetic simplicity of country. Jarvis displays a fine touch as well for anachronistic compositions, such as the blues-tinged Frames in a Still Picture and the hoedown waltz Scrumpy Cider. The word play of the album title, based on the old song used to teach children the musical scale, prompts us to beg, La Ti Do it again, John. (MCA)

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