Monday April 25, 2016
Revised Page for Wales the Land of Song by Shannon Mercer and the Skye Consort
This album opens on a note that's warm, accessible and sexy. 'Y Fwyalchen' ('The Blackbird') is a bittersweet song that Shannon Mercer brings all of her interpretative gifts to.
Wednesday May 6, 2015
Review of 'Gloryland' by Bill King added …
The first impressions from 'Harlan County Shakedown' are of honky-tonk or boogie-blues flavoured piano playing. The 'Gambler & The Riverboat Queen' employ a different selection of spices while leaving the essential flavour intact. It's only with the title track that a complete about turn happens.
Monday April 27, 2015
Review of Bill King's CD 'Cinemascope' added …
This disc had my full attention immediately. It wasn't solely because of Bill King's playing, the compositions, recording quality or any one thing that could be pointed to; it was everything about what came through the speakers.
Saturday April 25, 2015
Review of Monica Chapman's Performance at the Lula Lounge and CD Release Party added …
The hour that followed was a musical feast. They played the music from the CD and because of time constraints couldn't add anything but what they did was more than enough. The CD wasn't just performed live Ñ it came to life. There's a big difference.
January 12, 2015
Monica Chapman: P.S. I Love You (CD Review)
The ringing piano played by producer/arranger Bill King and sparkling trumpet of William Sperandei establish a delicious flavour for this recording even before Monica Chapman begins singing.
Bill King — Harlan County Shakedown
Recorded Live at Inception Studios by Mike Haas
O Viva Rosa: Songs of Francesca Caccini
Shannon Mercer with Luc Beauséjour, Sylvain Bergeron and Amanda Keesmaat
Wales; The Land of Song
Shannon Mercer with the Skye Consort
Domenico Zipoli: Keyboard Works
Susan Alexander-Max Performing using a Cristori Piano
Clementi: Early Piano Sonatas
Performed by Susan Alexander-Max
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