“Jim Gabriel is as good a pianist and composer as you’ll find anywhere. There’s not a note this man has written that isn’t both fine composition and deeply heartfelt expression. Jim’s CD, Into Eternity, is utterly brilliant and was a joy for me and my co-producer Tom Eaton to be involved in. and will be a joy for anyone who is lucky enough to hear it.
~ Will Ackerman
“Heidi Osgood-Metcalf draws upon the inspiration of the dramatic
and varied landscape of Montana to create her latest album, Montañas.
Her music boasts brilliant skills as a composer and pianist, but it is the power of the emotion
that she brings to her pieces that resonates most deeply with us. One of the greatest compliments I can offer any musician is that they remind me of no one else, and this is certainly the case with Heidi.
- Will Ackerman
“Vin Downes is such a brilliant guitarist and such a heart-felt composer that it leaves little room for the producer to do much except try to convince himself that he was indispensible. I wasn’t. Vin is a consummate player who draws upon a wide range of styles. The marvelous thing is that his musical voice is unique enough and powerful enough to hold these different threads together seamlessly. His abilities as a player create an even broader palate from which to draw in his performances. This is as impressive as a debut recording as one could hope for.”
~ Will Ackerman
I have loved all of Kathryn Kaye’s albums, but I think this is her best work to date. It is my first “Pick” of 2017 and could very easily be a Favorite for the year. Very highly recommended!
FLOW is a New Age music group – Fiona Joy, Lawrence Blatt , Jeff Oster and Will Ackerman
In early 2015, Lawrence Blatt invited Fiona Joy, Jeff Oster and Will to join him to create an album Inspired by the iconic Windham Hill ensembles.
FLOW stands for Fiona Joy, Lawrence Blatt, Jeff Oster and Will Ackerman. It’s a group formed out of friendship and a history of working and playing together over 8 years.
With Will and Tom Eaton producing, this group will surely capture the essence of today’s New Age music.
Vist FLOW’s website: http://flowthegroup.com/
There’s a certain muscularity to Louis Colaiannia’s piano playing. While he’s quite capable of introspection, the power and energy that Louis brings to the instrument is palpable. Even in the most gentle and elegant passages of his composition (of which there are many), one feels the physicality of his performance. This balancing act between the beauty of his melodies and the sense of strength that he brings to the keyboard is a rare combination in the New Age realm. His compositions are elegant and heartfelt. ALBUM TITLE will be a great find to those who have followed Louis’ earlier career and a great introduction for those who are new to his work.
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Gary Schmidt’s piano compositions clearly reflect his knowledge of and appreciation of classical music. His technique is refined and his ability to move between classical influences and his own distinctive melodies is seamless. Landscapes of the Heart is a marvelously successful tour de force of heart and mind; emotionally evocative and rewarding. Landscapes of the Heart is an important contribution to the evolution of contemporary piano and should not be missed.
“There is no greater compliment I can give any musician than to say they have their own artistic voice: they are uniquely themselves and bring something utterly their own to the world. Ann Sweeten is one of those rare musicians. This is Ann’s 12th album and it is without question her most ambitious and her most successful. The grace one associates with Ann’s performance has been matched by what I believe are the best melodies of her career………… At a time when many artists might choose to coast on their notoriety, Ann has raised the bar considerably and we, the listeners, are the beneficiaries of her ambition and skill. Really brilliant.” Will Ackerman
“There are few things more enjoyable as a music producer than to encounter a significant new talent and there is something additionally marvelous about discovering this in a young person who you believe to be on the cusp of great things….such is the case with Alexi.”