Gary Lamb

Walk in the Garden

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Walk in the Garden Review

by Shawn M. Haney

Enchanting and soothing are the words best to describe the music of Gary Lamb, a solo artist, pianist extraordinaire and gifted composer/arranger. This early collection of piano medley's has brought Lamb to the forefront of acclaimed talented pianists, those few who possess the flair for the passionate and touch of the romantic. His engaging songs are most enjoyable in a relaxed setting, where one can achieve the time and opportunity for meditation and reflection. The songs paint dreamy landscapes of happy times and unforgettable memories, either helping the listener transcend beyond the stress and chaos of everyday life, or simply help them recall childhood days growing up in the hometown, or summer days gone by. Distant Fields is a lush tune filled with chiming, ringing piano chords with a featured overlaid uplifting melody. Surely the approach of Gary Lamb was to create music to remind us to be grateful and appreciative of the life we have, either wishing to forget or keep our past, with the promise of a hopeful future. The Night Flight is a remarkable piece of harmonics, minor settings and modal craftiness, at times haunting in mood, with the sneakiness of triumph etched in between the minor passages. Portraire is perhaps the most enduring work, filled with a startling contrast of pleasant changes to more morose depictions, in the backdrop of a Parisian-like setting. All in all, good fun.

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