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Shelly Berg

Shelly Berg is a Steinway piano artist and multi-Grammy nominated arranger and producer. His latest album Gershwin Reimagined: An American in London with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is conducted by José Serebrier and produced by Gregg Field (Decca Gold).

The All Music Guide says “Shelly Berg is one of the finest pianists around in the early 21st century playing modern mainstream jazz.” His recording project The Deep with bassist Dave Finck on Chesky Records is widely praised for its versatility and virtuosity with 4.5 stars from DownBeat magazine. His solo project Shelly Berg: The Nearness of You (Arbors) and a two-piano album with Dick Hyman Meeting of Minds (Victoria) are also both critically acclaimed

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Ruud de Vries

Ruud de Vries is a jazz tenor saxophonist from the Netherlands, playing and recording many musical styles, though always recordings based on improvisation. When you look up his recordings on Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, Amazon, or all other online music portals, you'll find traditional jazz, ballads, funk jazz, souljazz, latin jazz, afrobeat, calypso jazz, rhythm & blues, rock 'n roll, pop and 'DJ' dance music with sax improvisation. Ruud de Vries plays saxophone music without boundaries. He bought his first saxophone when he was already 27 years old, after attending a performance of tenor saxophonist Hans Dulfer (the father of Candy Dulfer)

Wayne Powers

From jazz vocalist/bandleader to actor/comedian/radio talk show host, it's easy to see why Wayne Powers is often referred to as a “renaissance man”. Wayne started out as a “boy singer” in New York nightclubs at age 16. “I wasn’t very good,” he freely admits, “but you’ve gotta start someplace – and I grew up with this music inside me – in my heart and soul – and treasure it enough to gladly do whatever it takes for me to live inside the music. You see, when I was growing up we couldn’t afford a piano (and we had no room for one, anyway). so I just learned to play the human voice.” Persistence paid off as Powers eventually studied in New York with renowned vocal coach of the day, Fred Steele, mentor to Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme, Eddie Fisher and widely credited with helping restore Tony Bennett’s voice

Barbara Reed

Like all life long musicians it seems that I never really decided to become a musician, but that the decision was natural, and therefore automatic. I simply had to do it. We had a baby grand when I was a toddler and I'd crawl up on the bench and make what I thought was wonderful music for hours at a time. I'm pretty sure that singing was the medium through which I pictured myself communicating musically, and that too seemed to be automatic. That's not to say that there weren't lessons and studies along the way, but only that I felt as if these things were stepping stones to that fabulous world of making beautiful sounds

Ballads

Label: Quietmoney Recordings
Released: 2013
Track listing: Here's To Life; Goodbye; Only The Lonely; Mad About The Boy; You've Changed; Pretending To Care; Calgary Bay; My One And Only Love; Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow; Two Lonely People; It's Raining In My Heart.

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Liane Carroll: Ballads

Read "Ballads" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Ballads is a great title for an album full of slow tempo, beautifully arranged, songs of love and romance. So it's a perfect choice as the title for British singer Liane Carroll's album. Except that it falls way short of communicating just what an achievement this album is.Carroll's previous album, Up And Down (Quiet ...

Ballads

Label: Quiet Money Records
Released: 2012

Ballads

Label: CAM Jazz
Released: 2006
Track listing: Mi Sono Innamorato di Te; These Foolish Things; When I Think of You; A Flower if a Lovesome Thing; The Heart of a Child; Sundays; Thought; Night After Night; When All was Chet; Miradas; Cabiria's Dream.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Enrico Pieranunzi - Marc Johnson - Joey Baron: Ballads

Read "Ballads" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

La ballad come luogo privilegiato della memoria e del cuore. È questo il filo conduttore della nuova avventura discografica di Enrico Pieranunzi, che ha il raro dono di divertire e stupire, prima se stesso che gli altri. Il suo è un disco prezioso, che va gustato a piccole dosi per apprezzarne le infinite nuances, per scoprire ...


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