Various Artists

Keys to the Heart

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Higher Octave Music celebrates the groove and grandeur along with the glorious diversity of the keyboard on this multi faceted 11-track companion to early 1997's Guitarisma collection. The stirring, thought provoking album focuses on the many sounds, textures and moods of both the electronic keyboard as well as the grand piano. Joining core Higher Octave artists Jonathan Cain, Ozzie Ahlers and 3rd Force is special guest Suzanne Ciani, who is one of the genre's most eloquent and innovative composers and performers. Keys to the Heart offers a wide spectrum of ivory (or simulated ivory) dreams, from artists whose backgrounds incorporate rock ("Elegance on the Catwalk," by former Journey member Jonathan Cain), new age (Ciani, Craig Dobbin) and jazz (3rd Force, Emilio Palame, the vocal group Amarna). Those new to instrumental music will receive a rich exposure to the middle ground where smooth jazz meets new age.

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