Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
A Gift Of The Sea
Genres: Jazz, New Age, Pop
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Soothing in a magical way
Michael J Harrington | Phoenix, Arizona USA | 10/15/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have nearly all of Wayne's CD's, and this is his finest moment. Without delving into each track, let me say that all the selections on this simply roll off the CD. The thing that sets this apart from so many 'new age' CDs is that Wayne's melodies are memorable, carefully crafted gems. He effectively evokes the feeling in you that he is trying to with his music. He stands well up to his contemporaries, however has not (for some odd reason) 'risen' to the popularity heights of Lanz, Brickman or Yanni - a shame, as he is equally as talented if not more.This CD takes you places you really want to go - I could almost feel a bit of sand in my sneakers after a few listens. After releasing some non-originals in the latter 90's, this CD is a true return to form from one of the best pianists out there. He effectively strikes a blend of smooth melodies and great songwriting into one - this is just too much for the elevator, however is not one of those 'finger gymnastic, neo-classical' CD's either.For those new to Gratz, this is a great start. Then try his other earlier classics like 'Panorama' and 'Reminiscence' - and you'll be hooked!"
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Marc Ruby? | Warren, MI USA | 11/13/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I'm coming to like Wayne Gratz more and more as time goes by. This album has occupied the top position on my iPod for almost a month now, and it refuses to cloy or bore. There is something solid and charming about the melodies and Gratz's performance that keeps them remarkably free, one play after another.
The is some similarity between Wayne Gratz and Paul Cardall. Much of it is the evenness of composition and performance that makes it difficult to single out one cut as a favorite. But I find myself most interested in pieces like the title song (A Gift From the Sea), Steps in the Sand, and ships which bring in other instruments. The instrumental contrast builds the depth of the work and makes it even more enjoyable.
If you like New Age acoustic instrumental work (or soft jazz, or fusion, or whatever you call it) listen here. Gratz has a dozen or so albums behind him, some out of print and some still available. Most are still available from the musician, and all are worth hunting down."