Whenever Frank Steiner, Jr. presents a new release, you can be certain the enchantment lies on the horizon. Or, to be more specific, enchantment with an edge of jazzy elegance, multicultural essence, and plenty of examples of beautiful composition work” —Music Design in Review
Exotically shamanic, softly jazzy, rhythmically expressive — all given voice by this master of global musical genres. With some pieces solo piano, some lightly orchestrated, others gently tribal with accompanying world percussion, Steiner has created a work capturing the power of movement.
Real Music introduces pianist, composer and songwriter Brian BecVar who until now was a well-kept secret in the music scene. A longtime touring studio musician, the multi-talented BecVar has written songs for several artists including John Mellencamp, Laura Branigan and Roberta Flack. On his debut album Once in a Life, BecVar presents us with a delightful mélange of breezy, romantic melodies spiced with an impassioned South American flair. Guest appearances by celebrated artists including Dave Koz on sax, brother Bruce BecVar on acoustic guitar, and Jimmy Haslip on fretless bass cast a warm radiance on an exquisite collection that comes along just Once in a Life.
Tracking Jim Chappell’s artistic development over the course of his multi-faceted career proves a rewarding study of true musical evolution. Since the independent release of his breakthrough solo piano collection Tender Ritual in 1986, he has become one of contemporary instrumental music’s most engaging composers and performers...