Friday, December 18, 2009

PianoSoft Update: New R&B and Jazz Releases + New Downloads

This week we have two new PianoSoft releases to announce, as well as exciting news for those of you who have been waiting for some of our catalog to become available in downloadable versions.

For the totally new "Soul Man - Great R&B" album, Joel Plimmer has arranged some of the greatest soul, funk and R&B songs of the 60s and 70s for piano with MIDI accompaniment.  The chosen songs show the breadth of R&B music during the era, moving from the classic balladry of "When a Man Loves a Woman" to the unforgettable groove of "It's Your Thing". Throughout the album, Plimmer creates arrangements that put piano at the forefront, while staying true to the records and performances that have made these songs so memorable.

As its title suggests, "The Artistry of Philippe Saisse" showcases the talents of contemporary jazz pianist extraordinaire, and recent Grammy nominee, Philippe Saisse.  One of the foremost contemporary jazz artists working today, Saisse can count among his credits a stint in the "Sunday Night" house band beside David Sanborn, studio work with artists ranging from David Bowie to Al Jarreau, and slew of acclaimed smooth and contemporary jazz recordings.  On this PianoSoft album, Saisse plays piano solo arrangements of some of his favorite originals like "Sitting on the Edge of the World" and "La Vie". In this solo piano setting, the beauty and subtlety of Saisse's piano work are able to shine through wonderfully.

Also, if your instrument doesn't have a floppy disk drive, and you've been waiting for us to finally release download versions of the albums we've only had available on disks, the wait is over!  We've released new download versions for 12 of our most popular albums this week, including "Christmas Favorites", and music from the musical "Chicago".  So for all of you out there using a Disklavier E3, 400 or 500 series Clavinova, or a recent PSR or Tyros keyboard, this means there are another 12 PianoSoft albums that are new for you this week!  Keep reading for a full list of new albums.

New Releases

The Artistry of Philippe Saisse
Soul Man - Great R&B

New Downloads

Christmas Favorites
Bacharach & David Songbook
Mancini Magic
Lady Sings The Blues
Stage And Screen
Mike Garson Trio - Live!
Mike Garson Trio - Live - Volume II
Nice & Easy Volume 1
Nice & Easy Volume 2
The Michel Legrand Songbook
Sweet Fifties

- Doug