Sunday, January 22, 2012

CD Review – Heavy as a Feather, by Kathryn Kaye

Kathryn Kaye’s second album lives up to its title, offering a collection of gentle piano-based compositions that soothe the soul.

The CD offers a nice balance between solo piano performances, moving duets, and full but not overbearing band accompaniment.

Kaye is joined on this outing by such studio stalwarts as Tony Levin on bass, Eugene Friesen on cello, Charlie Bisharat on violin, Jill Haley on English horn, Michael Manring on fretless bass, Tom Eaton on accordion and percussion, Ramesh on percussion, and producer Will Ackerman on guitar.

Kaye is as masterful in her restraint as she is in the vernacular of the keyboard, knowing when to give in and when to hold back, yielding a satisfying listening experience. And her musical collaborators provide solid support without ever upstaging the proceedings.

The result is a delightfully rich and engaging concoction that is a sight for sore ears.

--Raj Manoharan

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