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Grand Piano: Narada Anniversary Collection

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While it suggests a two-CD collection of solo piano work, Grand Piano actually runs the gamut of piano pieces -- there's everything from solo piano to piano with synthesizers to piano with woodwinds and piano with orchestral splendour.

The key factor throughout is the soothing beauty of the playing -- no wild jazz licks to be heard here, no needlessly twinkly fingers. The 22 cuts sample 20 albums featuring 12 pianists, with the styles of each blending nicely together (this is not a matter of carbon-copy styles, either; it's more to do with the genre in which they are playing.) Grand Piano makes a nice introduction to one aspect of Narada's offerings.

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