Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Hot Bossa Nova and Cool Jazz: Two Great New PianoSoft Albums

With summer in full swing it's the perfect time to sit back, relax and enjoy some new PianoSoft music on your Yamaha instrument. Luckily, the two new cool jazz and bossa nova albums just released are a perfect fit for the summer scene. Jazz aficionados will be delighted by the fantastic playing and great song selection on "Cool Cunliffe - Great Jazz Solos", while "Beautiful Bossa" provides a full album of smooth, sultry songs to soundtrack your summer.

Cool Cunliffe - Great Jazz Solos

Bill Cunliffe has made a name for himself in the jazz world as a Grammy winning arranger, a renowned composer, and a respected educator, but on this new PianoSoft album, you can see where he really shines - as a performer. The solo piano renditions of classic jazz tunes on "Cool Cunliffe" give him a chance to show his true range as a pianist. From on breathtaking virtuosic runs on Bud Powell's "Clepoatra's Dream" to delicate takes on softer standards like "On Green Dolphin Street" and "Say It (Over and Over Again)", Cunliffe displays his mastery of the piano. The album, which also includes favorites from Sonny Rollins and Charlie Parker, will be a real treat to listen to on your Yamaha instrument.

Beautiful Bossa

If taking in some laid back latin music, played live on your Yamaha instrument, sounds like a perfect way to spend a warm summer evening, then this is the PianoSoft album you've been waiting for. Pianist and arranger Tom Zink captures the elegant, relaxed mood of a night on the beach on "Beautiful Bossa" while highlighting some of bossa nova's most iconic artists and composers, including Sérgio Mendes and Antonio Carlos Jobim. The album includes instrumental accompaniment, with drums, marimbas, strings, and more that provide a full bossa sound. Zink's piano work takes center stage throughout the album, however, offering breezy melodies that will certainly make your summer a little more tropical, no matter where you happen to be listening.

- Doug