Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Herb Alpert's Lighthearted Sounds & Ronnell Bright's Mellow Jazz In Today's New PianoSoft

The two artists featured in this week's new albums exist at distant ends of the musical spectrum, but will both make for welcome additions to any PianoSoft library. Jazz pianist Ronnell Bright has worked with some of the biggest names in the business, and the new "Cocktails For Two - Volume II" shows off his exquisite playing in a way that sets a perfect relaxing mood. For those in the mood for something more upbeat, the lighthearted songs of Herb Alpert have created the sort of excitement over the years that has helped to sell over 72 million albums. His over the top instrumentals, including "Whipped Cream" and other delights, are featured on the new "Taste of Honey" album.

Cocktails for Two - Volume II

To set a mellow, romantic mood, there's nothing like a bit of elegantly played jazz piano. Elegance is exactly what you get with this PianoSoft album, performed and arranged by the acclaimed Ronnel Bright. In his long career has accompanied some of the great jazz singers, such as Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald, and he lends the same care to this album of jazz standards for solo piano as he has in his many notable recordings. Classics like "Stella By Starlight" and "Satin Doll" allow Bright to show his characteristic touch, and allow his wonderful sense of harmony to shine through.

A Taste of Honey - Hits of Herb Alpert

By pioneering a unique take on the easy listening sound of the 60s, fusing it with Latin influences and healthy sense of humor, Herp Alpert and the Tijuana Brass
produced fifteen hit albums and became one of the most well known bands of the 60s. Even today many of Alpert's songs, like "Tijuana Taxi" and "Whipped Cream", have become synonymous with light-hearted zaniness, while "This Guy's In Love With You" (written by Burt Bacharach), has cemented itself as a classic American ballad. Also including hits like "Zorba the Greek" and "The Lonely Bull", this PianoSoft Plus album captures the Tijuana Brass sound with piano and excellent MIDI accompaniment, performed and arranged by Shannon Grama.

- Doug