This double solo CD is the purest and most generous supply of George Cables’ passionate, profuse piano ever available in one place. Cables’ version of romanticism is luxuriant but never soft. He shares his feelings through rigorous, dense designs, defined in a fiercely firm touch. Cables is all about tough love. In the hands of a lesser artist, Cables’ approach to solo piano would be over the top. Such is the extravagance of his decoration, in skeins of counterlines and flurries of grace notes and fidgeting chords and digressions in long strands and parenthetical asides and rushed tempos. Cables makes it work because his outpouring of detail is architectural.
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