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reviewed Vignettes and Improvisations by Mark .... 12 hours ago
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Vignettes and Improvisations by Mark Catoe
Vignettes and Improvisations   Mark Catoe   2014 / Mark Catoe   45 minutes      "Vignettes and Improvisations" is the debut album by pianist/composer Mark Catoe. The project began as a creative challenge for Catoe to turn his wife’s name into a piano solo. Because of the constraints he placed on himself, Catoe found himself using a …
reviewed Soiree by Susan Merdinger. Tuesday
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Soiree by Susan Merdinger
Soiree   Susan Merdinger   2014 / Sheridan Music Studio   66 minutes      "Soiree" is the seventh album to date by internationally-acclaimed classical pianist Susan Merdinger. I have to admit that this is the first of Merdinger’s recordings that I’ve heard, but I’m blown away by the beauty of her playing, which is technically …
reviewed Moksha by The Ray Spiegel Ensemble. Monday
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Moksha by The Ray Spiegel Ensemble
Moksha   Ray Spiegel Ensemble   2014 / Simla House, Inc.   53 minutes      "Moksha" is a fascinating East meets West musical odyssey by the Ray Spiegel Ensemble. The eight tracks were recorded from 2001-2003 and are dedicated to the memory of Stephen James Stress, who passed away in 2005. Stephen James, who studied with Ravi Shankar, plays …
reviewed KYLGS by Karen L. Gerig-Scott. Monday
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KYLGS by Karen L. Gerig-Scott
KYLGS   Karen L. Gerig-Scott   2014 / Delved in Dreams Music   2 tracks available separately      Karen L. Gerig-Scott is the first artist to be featured by new record label, Delved in Dreams Music. Initially, two tracks are being made available for download, “Je t’aime (I Love You)” and “Dwelling Place.” Both are orchestrated …
reviewed Collage by Danny Wright. August 21
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Collage by Danny Wright
Collage: A Timeless Collection of Medleys   Danny Wright   2014 / WH Sounds Studio   Disc 1: 59 minutes  Disc 2: 54 minutes      "Collage: A Timeless Collection of Medleys" is a collection of fifteen medleys beautifully arranged and performed by pianist Danny Wright. Two of the medleys were created specifically for this double-album …
reviewed The Dream Exchange by John Luttrell. August 15
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The Dream Exchange by John Luttrell
The Dream Exchange   John Luttrell   2014 / John Luttrell/Ottersong Records   54 minutes      With one of the cutest and most appealing album covers I’ve seen in awhile, John Luttrell’s "The Dream Exchange" grabs your attention, piques your interest, and then soothes your stresses and worries away with close to an hour of warm, …
reviewed The Gathering II by Various Artists. August 12
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The Gathering II by Various Artists
The Gathering II   Various Artists   2014 / West River Records   1 hour 16 minutes      "The Gathering II" is the stunning follow-up to the 2012 Zone Music Reporter’s Record of the Year (with the highest rating of any record in the history of those charts), "The Gathering." Like the first release, "The Gathering II" …
reviewed Closer by Louis Colaiannia. August 11
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Closer by Louis Colaiannia
Closer   Louis Colaiannia   2014 / Louis Colaiannia   49 minutes      Louis Colaiannia has released an impressive body of work over the years, but "Closer" is his first album co-produced by Will Ackerman and Tom Eaton and recorded at Ackerman’s Imaginary Road Studio. This new album reveals much of Colaiannia’s softer musical side, …
reviewed Thoughts Of Tomorrow CD by Uwe Gronau. August 06
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Thoughts Of Tomorrow CD by Uwe Gronau
German musician Uwe Gronau has a new CD out called THOUGHTS OF TOMORROW.  His bio says he is versatile.  That he is.  He plays synthesizer, piano and organ (sounds like a B-3) equally well.  He also uses the synth to create realistic sounds of guitars (both electric and acoustic, and bass) and occasionally other instruments (flute or whatever).  He also composes, arranges …
reviewed Guardians of The Galaxy: Awesome Mix .... August 05
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Guardians of The Galaxy: Awesome Mix Volume 1
Guardians of the Galaxy is one of the most enjoyable movies of the summer. This soundtrack reflects the humor of the film so well The songs are not in order as they appear in the film, but that is okay. "I'm Not In Love" is the first song featured in the movie. I like this song, because it reminds me of all the girls I liked in my youth. "Moonage Daydream" is probably my favorite …
reviewed Narrow Path by Matthew Schoening. August 03
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Narrow Path by Matthew Schoening
Narrow Path   Matthew Schoening   2014 / Matthew Schoening   54 minutes      "Narrow Path" is the fifth solo electric cello album from Matthew Schoening (Shay-ning), a true master of his instrument. His 2011 release, "Elements," was named Best Instrumental Album for that year by Zone Music Reporter. Although the music is performed …
reviewed The Voyager by Jenny Lewis. July 29
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The Voyager by Jenny Lewis
I love this new album from Jenny Lewis.  “Head Underwater” reminds me never to give up in life because there is always something to look forward to.  This is a very upbeat song to start the album.  “The Voyager” is a song that encourages me to explore all the possibilities in life.  It reminds me that I need to detach from all material things to spur my …
reviewed Temple of the Soul by Mark Davidson. July 28
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Temple of the Soul by Mark Davidson
Temple of the Soul: Rhapsodies and Meditations for Solo Piano   Roger Davidson   2014 / Soundbrush Records   1 hour 18 minutes      "Temple of the Soul: Rhapsodies and Meditations for Solo Piano" is the genre-defying debut solo piano recording by Roger Davidson and his twentieth album to date. Initially a self-taught pianist/composer, Davidson …
reviewed Elton John: The Million Dollar Piano. July 25
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Elton John: The Million Dollar Piano
I once made the mistake of saying to a group of friends who consider themselves “music aficionados” that I didn’t think Sir Elton John was a very good vocalist.  After they handed me my hat, I went on to explain that my observation had absolutely nothing to do with the man’s obvious abilities as a musician or as a lyricist; it’s just that I thought vocally the man …
reviewed Inspirato by Yanni. July 24
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Inspirato by Yanni
Inspirato   Yanni   2014 / YanniWorks   51 minutes      "Inspirato" is an impressive collection of thirteen pieces composed and orchestrated by Yanni  and sung by some of the biggest names in opera. I have to say upfront that I am not a fan of operatic singing, but I really enjoyed Yanni’s earlier Voce and Voices, so I thought …
reviewed Written in the Key of Me: Notes From .... July 23
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Written in the Key of Me: Notes From My Audiobiography by Christine Bustos
Written in the Key of Me: Notes from My Audiobiography   Christine Bustos   2014 / Christine Bustos   42 minutes Writing a review of Christine Bustos’ "Written in the Key of Me: Notes from My Audiobiography" is a very special pleasure because it is the first CD I’ve reviewed by a former piano student of mine. Christine found me sometime ago on …
reviewed Trees of Life by Mark Freshwater. July 21
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Trees of Life by Mark Freshwater
Trees of Life   Mark Freshwater   2014 / Mark Freshwater   46 minutes      "Trees of Life" is the third solo CD from keyboardist/pianist/composer Mark Freshwater. The twelve songs on the album were inspired by family members and friends, making this music a very special and personal expression of love and appreciation. The music is mostly …
reviewed Insperato: Take the Journey by Kevin .... July 20
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Insperato: Take the Journey by Kevin Mongelli
Insperato: Take the Journey   Kevin Mongelli   2014 / Mongelli Music   54 minutes      "Insperato: Take the Journey" by pianist/composer Kevin Mongelli is a combination of one new release (the 19-minute title track), four tracks from "Fort Lonesome" (2012) and two from "Ascension" (2009). Like Mongelli’s earlier …
reviewed Language Of The Soul by Steven Vitali. July 15
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Language Of The Soul by Steven Vitali
Language of the Soul   Steven Vitali   2013 / Steven Vitali   78 minutes      "Language of the Soul" is the latest release from Canadian composer/multi-instrumentalist Steven Vitali. Vitali has been composing music for more than 35 years, and has written a large body of music for films, television and radio in addition to his own recordings. …
reviewed Moments From the Life Stories of Stra.... July 13
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Moments From the Life Stories of Strangers, Part 1 by Steven Chesne & The Luminous World Orchestra
Moments From the Life Stories of Strangers, Part 1   Steven Chesne with The Luminous World Orchestra   2013 / Brahmasong Records   48 minutes      After listening to "Moments From the Life Stories of Strangers, Part 1," it came as no surprise to learn that Steven Chesne has been composing music for television and films for more than twenty …
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