David Diggs

Tell Me Again

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The simple and pristine honesty of the acoustic piano has helped artists like David Lanz and David Benoit speak to the soul and rise to the top of their genres. By virtue of a similarly sporty and lovely approach to the ivories, David Diggs has his musical heart in the right place on many of the tracks of Tell Me Again. But when he goes the electronic route his sweet melodic sensibilities crash into an ultimately uninvolving, pseudo R&B hodgepodge which takes away from the tenderness of the simpler tracks. On the plus side, Diggs makes good use of the synth's orchestral abilities, and hits the mark most often when providing textures for the acoustic. Completely out of place here is the pretentious "Overture (For Aaron Copland)" a disjointed all-orchestral piece. The verdict: Diggs is yet another fine player, but should decide on either acoustic or electric. This uneven disc makes it clear he can't have it both ways.