Sunday, March 22, 2015

CD Review – Collage: A Timeless Collection of Medleys, by Danny Wright

If you're new to the music of world-renowned pianist Danny Wright, this is just as good an introduction as any to his patented and unique style of arranging and performing, especially when it comes to his focus on love songs, Broadway and show tunes, movie music, and The Great American Songbook.

This epic double-CD album is jam-packed with over two hours of musical gems, containing everything from Phantom of the Opera, The King and I, Porgy and Bess, and Les Miserables, to George Gershwin, Henry Mancini, and Barbra Streisand.

Many a skilled and accomplished musician has covered these classics, but none with the creativity, passion, and warmth of Danny Wright. There's something about his lifelong love for these works that just comes through, making them both immediately recognizable and refreshingly new.

Come to think of it, this is a great introduction not only to the musical ingenuity of Danny Wright, but also to the revered and hallowed standards done justice by him.

--Raj Manoharan

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