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This album offers a series of reflections on Ikkyu Sojun’s poem. It includes both original works and interpretations of works of other musicians. The musical world of the impressionists—Debussy in particular—pervades much of this music.
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1980s Billboard-charting New Age phenom Davol returns with a new collection of feel-good, instrumental electronic pop that, like the album's title, is a Good Sign that synthesizer-based New Age music is alive and well and here to stay in the 2010s. From beginning to end, the album is anchored down by infectious, rhythmic sampled bass and percussion grooves over which Davol adds multiple layers of keyboard melodies, textures, and flourishes. Accompanying Davol on this sonic journey is Peter Maunu, who adds his luminous guitars to the mix, resulting in pure aural delight. The most stirring tracks on the CD are the opener Scarborough Days, which has a very laidback though propulsive, cinematic, and rich and velvety Pat Metheny Group feel to it (in fact, it sounds like something off of PMG's storied Secret Story disc), and Nautikos, with its sparse but riveting keyboard melody. The title track Good Sign, Going There, and A Place Here have nice, mellow, light jazz sensibilities to them; Truth 2010 and Stay are more upbeat dance techno; Goodnight is a fitting end with Maunu's acoustic guitar and Davol's keyboard coming together for gentle balladry. Through it all, Davol maintains cohesion and solidarity with a singular style that recalls such artists as Vangelis, Tangerine Dream, Jan Hammer, Lyle Mays, Anthony Banks, David Wahler, and Michael Stribling. If you like those musicians, it s a Good Sign that you ll love this. --Raj Manoharan for Amazon .com
Movie musicals led the young Richard Glazier to the piano, first for classical training and then to develop a devotion to the music of a golden period of American songs, particularly the George and Ira Gershwin.
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Stanton Lanier's passion is to bring listeners peace and rest in a hurried world. His 5th album "Unveiled" (2008) reflects his desire to discover truth and beauty on life's journey, combining signature piano melodies with a stellar ensemble of guest artists. "Unveiled was produced by Windham Hill Founder Will Ackerman who describes it as "...soaring inspiration and remarkable peace." Stanton's live performances blend solo piano, visuals and stories to inspire audiences of all ages. His story illustrates how each of our lives is like a tapestry being woven together to make a beautiful picture, even though there are times when life doesn't make sense and requires us to live by faith. In arranging and composing for his latest cd, December Peace, Stanton's goal was to offer peace and rest for your holiday season through a distinctive collection of traditional and original piano melodies. The album also features the beautiful work of Jill Haley on English horn, Eugene Friesen on cello, Jeff Oster on flugel horn and Noah Wilding with angelic vocals.