|Photo: Bern Jazz Fest 2010|
For more information, go to kennybarron.com/recordings/art-piano-duo-live/. You can also Fns out more by going to sunnysidezone.com/album/the-art-of-piano-duo-live.
Here's a piece to whet your (musical) whistle:
Here's the duo in action from Vienna, Austria (this piece is not on the album but it's certainly worth checking out):
There's plenty more so check out "Solo Sessions, Vol. 1" – revel in the music and the fact that there's more to come! Brenda Earle Stokes, whose voice has alway been appealing to these ears, shows just how fine a pianist she is as both an accompanist and soloist. Put on the music, sit back, and enjoy.
For more information, go to brendaearle.com.
Here's Ms. Stokes's version of a song by the trio of Billy Steinberg, Rick Nowels, and Marie Claire D'ubaldo first recorded by K.D. Lang:
"Dream a Little..." is a lot of fine music in one dynamic duo package. Champian Fulton & Cory Weeds certainly had fun that night (check out the pianist's giddy response to the tenor solos) and you will as well once you surrender to the sweet sounds.
For more information, go to www.champian.net.
here), "They smile when Laszlo Gardony sits at the piano, because they know, they're going to hear some great music before he stands back up." His new solo piano album, "La Marseillaise" (Sunnyside Records), was recorded live in March at the Berklee College of Music Keys Fest. While his small group has always been impressive, when he plays sans accompaniment, Gardony just seems more expressive. Plus his programs always combine originals, fully improvised pieces, standards, and pieces that mesh blues, gospel, New Orleans, and r'n'b into magical works. Every time I have seen Mr. Gardony play in concert, he's smiling and having the time of his life – even though this is a recording, that happiness comes through loud and clear on this album!
"La Marseillaise" closes with another original, "Bourbon Street Blues", a piece first recorded in a small group setting. Played solo, the music has the feel of an Allen Toussiant composition right down to the dancing left hand and the rollicking melody lines. There is no way one can feel blue listening to the music. Laszlo Gardony plays with such verve, empathy, and downright ebullience tha one feels the urge to hit "repeat" each time the final applause dies down. As I write this, we're heading into the "darker" months of the year so let "La Marseillaise" carry you through the grey days and crisp, chilly, nights!
For more information, go to LGJazz.com.
Here's the opening cut: