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“Piano on 24th” Review – One World Music

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“Piano on 24th” Review – One World Music

A really nice review just came in for Piano on 24th by One World Music! I’m delighted that Steve enjoyed it so much, and I’m impressed with how spot-on he was with his interpretation of individual recordings. You can read the review below, or visit OWM’s inspiration album review page and click on my album cover. (While you’re at it, have a listen to song samples below or purchase Piano on 24th!) Before You Open Your Eyes (sample)Come To This Fountain (sample)Que La Lumiere Soit (Let There Be Light) (sample)With The Angels Sing (sample)Harpstrings (sample)River Blossoms (sample)Selkie Crossroads (sample)Not A Secret (sample)Street Magic (sample)Til Its Gone (sample)Andalucia (sample)El Gato (sample)On A March (sample) Piano on 24th...

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NEW SOLO PIANO CD! Coming December

»Posted by on Nov 6, 2015 in Albums | 0 comments

NEW SOLO PIANO CD! Coming December

. Announcing a new solo piano album: “Piano on 24th” Piano on 24th is an album of solo piano pieces that starts out with joyful, pure, inspirational compositions and segues into colorful tunes with flares of minor themes, flamenco, and rock piano. It is comprised of songs that I wrote this year and others that date as far back as 12 years. To help get this project to the finish line, Tessa and I put together this Kickstarter campaign which allows you to support us by: pre-purchasing CDs becoming a supporter or producer (with your name listed on CD) contributing any amount! Come To This FountainHarpstringsAndalucia Here’s what’s happened so far this year: 4 studio sessions resulting in 12 recordings and 1 bonus track 10 songs mixed with...

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Best Piano Brands

»Posted by on Jul 26, 2013 in Music Reflections | Comments Off on Best Piano Brands

Best Piano Brands

by Jay Frost It’d be much easier to know what the best piano brands are if you could simply trust a piano name to be consistent across its pianos, but there have always been lots of changes in piano manufacturing companies and the situation is complicated by the fact that grand pianos last several decades – often long after a manufacturer has gone out of business or been purchased. Steinway stands out as the most solid brand. It has been consistently delivering high-quality pianos for over a hundred years. After that, piano brands get complicated. Boston pianos are made by Steinway as an entry-level option. Baldwin pianos are great, but only ones made before the mid-1990’s when the company went bankrupt and was bought by Gibson Guitar – since then, Baldwins have...

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Piano Character

»Posted by on Jul 25, 2013 in Music Reflections | Comments Off on Piano Character

Piano Character

by Jay Frost After spending many hours over several days looking for the right piano, I’ve had a chance to think a lot about piano character. Here is what I’ve come up with. Firstly, you have the physical appearance: unlike books, pianos can be judged by their covers, and this will point you in the right direction. Rounded legs, intricately laced music stands, and deep mahogany color look more appropriate for classical music than a jazz combo. Rectangular legs, simple lines, and a duller black finish fit the picture for a blues club rather than next to a harp in an orchestra. In this broad sense, the sound of a piano generally fits its look. Character can also be attributed, in part, to overtones. These are essentially pitches that resonate subtly but...

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How To Pick A Piano

»Posted by on Jul 24, 2013 in Music Reflections | Comments Off on How To Pick A Piano

How To Pick A Piano

by Jay Frost Alright: you think you have an idea about the kind you want, but what’s next in figuring out how to pick a piano? My first inclination was to stand at a piano and hammer on its low notes, see how good they sound, and then move to the next one. After doing this for a while and not getting very far, an experienced dealer shared the idea of playing the piano up. That is to say, sit down on a bench and play something softly. Gradually crescendo and stay there for a bit, then crescendo some more until eventually pounding out some notes in the lower and higher registers. Continue playing, making sudden dynamic changes, and work your way back down. This should last at least 3 minutes, in my opinion, and is a great first step in how to pick a piano....

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