For my 885th review, I am proud to present the solo album by Andrew Colyer called About Time which was released December 30, 2014, on the Inner Nova Music records label. This is the fourth review I have done for Andrew. The previous three reviews were for the work with his band Circuline. I was impressed with the great piano work on this album and how relaxing this was with such tracks as Sunday Afternoon, By The Fire and much more as well how it was written, recorded and produced. This is the perfect album to listen to when you have a stressing day and need to relax. Take a listen to this album and you will want to purchase your copy from Amazon, CD Baby and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
When you take the singing sustain of multiple razor edged electric guitars, the monster rock backbeat of Jethro Tull drummer Doane Perry, and The Moonlight Sonata, you get the great album Amp L’Etude by Tone Masseve. This album is influenced by Tone’s love for rock, blues and classical music and wanted to play their classical pieces with a rock sound and attitude. The recording on this album started in 1995 and took more than 20 years to complete. The guitar parts alone took more than two years to record. In 1997, while still working on Amp L’étude, tragically, Tone got pneumonia and died. In 2016 a wonderful and talented group of musicians came together to finish his long lost album. The first was Doane Perry who was drummer for Jethro Tull for twenty seven years. Next was Garry Kvistad who is a Grammy award winning master percussionist. He is a member of the four man percussion group Nexus and to top it off with members of the vocal group Prana added their voices to several tracks. The end result is a very impressive album with such tracks as Aire On A G String (A Whiter Shade), The Moonlight Sonata (On The Hill Of The Skull), Seranade for Strings (For Her Majesty), Maria (She’s So) Ave, as so much more. This great album was well recorded, performed and produced and is a great final tribute to a awesome guitarist. This release will be available for purchase September 12, 2018 from Amazon, CD Baby and other outlets.
For the magic number 777 in my music reviews, I am proud to announce the release of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons In Rock by Darryl Way an English rock and classical musician and the co-founder of Curved Air, a trailblazing rock violinist and composer and this is his tenth solo album. To mark the 50th anniversary of the creation of his classic rock anthem ‘Vivaldi’, Darryl Way has arranged and recorded the whole of Vivaldi’s masterpiece ‘The Four Seasons’ and given it the same ‘rock’ treatment was released May 4, 2018 on the Cherry Red UK Records label in which Darryl added to the mix, rock instrumentation and rhythms, synth textures and in the slow movements, some chill out beats as shown in Concert In E Major Number One Through Four. There have very few instances in the past I have heard classical pieces done in a rock style and I was impressed on how well this was done and how well this album was recorded, produced and performed. Please take a listen to this album on Spotify and then you will want to purchase this album from Amazon, Cherry Red Records and everywhere CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
For my 764th review, I am proud to present the second album Lead Me Home by Camille Nelson a guitarist & violinist specializing in acoustic-driven folk music released August 18, 2017, on the Stone Angel Records label. This superb album blends elements of folk, classical, bluegrass, and new-age music and features relaxed, intricate acoustic guitar melodies of both traditional and original hymns accompanied by a string ensemble. This relaxing album features such great tracks as Amazing Grace, Be Thou My Vision (featuring Alex Sharpe), the title track Lead Me Home, Patterns Of Light, Be Still My Soul and so much more. This is a perfect album to listen to when you need to lower stress, pain and more because this is so relaxing. I was so impressed with how well this album was performed, recorded and produced. I highly recommend this album to your music library and I am looking forward to hearing more from this amazing artist. You can purchase this album from Amazon, Itunes, CD Baby, and everywhere that CD’s and digital downloads are sold.
For my 705th review overall and my second review for Louis Valentine Johnson, I am proud to present One, an innovative guitar piece that provides the listener with fourteen minutes of meditative tranquility and relaxation and can be heard and viewed with the bonus DVD as part of the album. Even though there are only three songs named after three countries on this album USA, India, and China, it is very peaceful and relaxing. On the DVD, there are video films for each of the three songs. It was well performed and written. I highly recommend this album to anyone looking for a piece to listen to when they need to relax and reduce stress. You can purchase this album from Amazon, CD Baby, Itunes and everywhere else that CDs and digital downloads are sold.
Transient is a solo piano release by Levi Gangi which includes nine original and three cover arrangements which are recorded in 2017 at the Red Booth Studios in Rochester, New York and released December 5, 2017. Levi who also leads an original folk/Americana band named The Lonely Ones shows the great work at the piano as seen in such soothing tracks as Oh! Montana, the title track Transient, The Way Home, Alinda’s Song and so much more. I am very impressed with how well this album was written, performed, recorded and produced. I highly recommend this album for your relaxing pleasure.
For my 621st review, I am proud to present Warmer in the Winter is the fourth studio album by violinist and composer Lindsey Stirling, released on October 20, 2017, on the Universal/Concord Records label. This amazing violinist who came in second on this past season of Dancing With The Stars shows her many talents. Lindsey gives her takes on such great tracks on this 13 song album as the title track Warmer In The Winter as well as Christmas standards Silent Night, Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy, Carol Of The Bells, Jingle Bell Rock and much more. I have been a fan of her music for some time. I also own her album called Shatter Me which I enjoyed very much. I am impressed by how well this album was performed, recorded and produced. Take a listen to this album and you will want to add this to your holiday library.
Two Hearts is a two-disc studio album by Jackie Evancho, and her 6th studio album consisting of a classical crossover disc with 10 tracks and a pop music EP with 5 tracks, including four songs on which Evancho has a songwriting credit. The album was released on March 31, 2017, on Sony Masterworks’ Portrait Records. On this album are covers of songs from some great movies such as May It Be (from Lord Of The Rings), The Way We Were (from The Way We Were), The Writing’s On The Wall (from James Bond Spectre), Safe & Sound (from The Hunger Games) and A Thousand Years (from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1) as well as four songs that are co-written by Jackie such as Sane, Pedestal, The Haunting and Wonderland. The rest of this album is great as well. I was impressed by how well this album was performed, recorded and produced.
Someday at Christmas is American singer Jackie Evancho‘s second full-length Christmas album, and her seventh album overall, released October 28, 2016, on the Portrait Records label. This release consists of nine previously released tracks and three new tracks, Someday at Christmas and two versions of The Little Drummer Boy, one with Il Volo. There are great duets on this album also such as two songs sung with operatic tenor Placido Domingo which are Guardian Angels and Pie Jesu and my favorite track on this album Hallelujah featuring Peter Hollens. I enjoyed this album from start to finish and was impressed on how well this album is performed, recorded and produced. I highly recommend this album to your Christmas music library.
Emerson Plays Emerson is a May 13, 2002, solo album by former Emerson Lake and Palmer and the Nice keyboardist Keith Emerson released on the EMI Imports Records label. This album is a mixture of Solo Piano Collection of Emerson Originals Mixed with a Few Covers. The versatility on this album is shown by such tracks as The Dreamer, Ballad For The Common Man, Nilu’s Dream, Soulscapes, Honky Tonk Train Blues and much more. I was impressed on how well this album was written, performed, recorded and produced. This album shows another side of Keith Emerson, getting away for the organ and synthesizer sounds that he has been known for. I recommend this album for anyone that is a fan of Keith Emerson and all the music that we have grown to love.