Hilarie Grey

Hilarie’s Contributions

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June 2002    Currents

Finding Paradise
David Lanz

Avoiding niches, pianist David Lanz asserts his personality through versatility on Finding Paradise. From the pop-stylish hooks and rolls of "Walk on Water" to the darker downward spirals of "Dorado," Lanz uses his instrument as a paint box to support memorable...

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June 2002    Albums

Sensual
Roberto Perera

Known for his pioneering work with the Paraguayan harp, Roberto Perera puts those lithe, brassy tones in little radio-ready boxes on Sensual. Though Perera utilizes exotic rhythm patterns and much organic instrumentation to highlight his work, these intentions...

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June 2002    Currents

Turning Point
Jim Adkins

In the warm-toned, upbeat tradition of his Positive Music labelmates lies guitarist Jim Adkins, whose gentle-glide guitar work on Turning Point makes for some sweet easy listening, but not an original journey. The Richmond, Va.-based guitarist plays in sunny...

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June 2002    Currents

It's Midnite
Dunn Pearson, Jr.

A truly solid one-man musical effort is hard to find. As composer, producer, keyboardist/programmer and president/CEO of his own company, Dunn Pearson Jr. does it all-with the help of a few guest appearances-on It's Midnite and the results are mostly cold...

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June 2002    Currents

We Are Not Machines
Bradley Parker-Sparrow

As the score for a film (Watch) whose subject matter is described as "people living on the edge," We Are Not Machines sets what one would imagine to be an appropriate tone: eerie, foreboding and even disturbing. The work of composer Bradley Parker-Sparrow...

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May 2002    Currents

No Strings Attached
Michael Kaeshammer

Audiences went wild for Harry Connick Jr.'s piano swingings in the early '90s, with the coming of the still-popular When Harry Met Sally... movie soundtrack. If there's any justice in the music world, the next gifted retro-pianist, Michael Kaeshammer, will...

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May 2002    Currents

Wide Open Spaces
Morgan Bouldin

Another inventive keyboardist, Texan Morgan Bouldin, offers a nexus of styles-from tribal to jazz to modern funk, tracing Afro history and influence in music and story, on Wide Open Spaces (HSR 10022; 59:34). Bouldin draws on his musical vocabulary to build...

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May 2002    Currents

Opaque
Pekka Pylkkanen's Tube Factory

An appropriately haunted atmosphere permeates Opaque (Naxos 86068-2; 54:55), the elegantly crafted release from Pekka Pylkkanen's Tube Factory, which calls for repeat listenings to unwrap its many layers. The Finnish wind specialist Pylkkanen leads a tight...

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May 2002    Currents

Rendezvous
Walter Beasley

On Rendezvous (Shanachie 5086; 41:59), saxophonist Walter Beasley offers a rarity-a contemporary jazz/R&B genre album that is both romantic and accomplished, resisting the instrumental padding and cliches that mire so many decent soloists in sap. Beasley...

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May 2002    Currents

This is Regina
Regina Belle

Presumably in an effort to "modernize" her proven musical chops, Regina Belle has been saddled with some truly silly lyrics and hyped-up funk settings on This Is Regina (Peak PKD-8505-2; 51:51). The venerable Belle, who boasts a pure, growl-to-soar elastic...

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May 2002    Currents

Bamboo
Kazu Matsui

An artful, atmospheric work that is more accessible than you might think, Kazu Matsui's Bamboo (Narada 70876-15375-2-9; 47:07) offers musical perspective on the ancient traditions of his shakuhachi flute through memorable melodies and absorbing atmospheres...

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May 2002    Currents

Stay With It
Rob Ryndak

Rob Ryndak's Stay With It (Southport S-SSD 0070; 44:12) is meditative in its glowing, comforting arrangements and ultimately uplifting in execution and theme. The pianist/composer executes his leads in a fleet, soft style, from the lightly stroked sparkling...

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May 2002    Currents

Looking Beyond
Patricia Moon

A more running melodic approach to the piano propels Patricia Moon's Looking Beyond (Love and Laughter LLMCD-213; 55:21), which is filled with lively pop-cinema melodies. Composer Moon likes to support theme with arrangement-the rhythmic tension and fast...

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May 2002    Currents

Barcodes
Synergy

User-friendly fusion might be an apt description for the sly, technically breathtaking work of the quartet Synergy. The band's Barcodes (Synergy SYN-001-2; 51:47) showcases off-balance, tricky rhythms to keep listeners guessing on tunes like the hard-hitting...

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May 2002    Currents

Unwrapped, Vol. 1
Various Artists

A frequent device in hip-hop is to sample hooks from pop and classic jazz. The intriguing idea behind Unwrapped, Volume 1 (Hidden Beach EK 85653; 61:53) is to turn the tables and "borrow back," by having a group of creative jazz artists take a turn at stretching...

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March 2002    Currents

Fuzzy Logic
David Benoit

One of the nicest surprises of this young year is a departure for one of the most established names in contemporary jazz. On his 22nd album, esteemed keyboardist David Benoit applies Fuzzy Logic (GRP/Verve 314589079-2) and takes a left turn away from his...

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