Finding Paradise

Finding Paradise

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by David Lanz
     
 
Pianist/composer David Lanz, who jokingly calls himself a SNAG (sensitive new age guy), is one of the core pianists of new age music. But on Finding Paradise, Lanz ventures into the land of smooth jazz, teaming up with some of that genre's top figures: saxman Dave Koz, arranger/keyboardist/drum-programmer

Overview

Pianist/composer David Lanz, who jokingly calls himself a SNAG (sensitive new age guy), is one of the core pianists of new age music. But on Finding Paradise, Lanz ventures into the land of smooth jazz, teaming up with some of that genre's top figures: saxman Dave Koz, arranger/keyboardist/drum-programmer Gregg Karukas, violinist Charlie Bisharat, bass player Mel Brown, guitarist Michael Thompson, and others. It's a new direction for Lanz, and it's a heartfelt, upbeat success. The lively "Walk on Water" bursts with the buoyant exuberance one expects from this talent. "Tears for Alice," though, offers a rejuvenating foray into sincere sentiment. "The Sound of Wings" showcases Lanz's solo talents, which range from the delicate flutter of angel feathers to fistfuls of flurrying keys. "Love Lost...Love Found," arranged by Dave Benoit, is another touching and rhapsodic oasis. The absolute showstopper, though, is "Theme from the Other Side," which features lonely refrains from Jeff Beals's blues trumpet, ghostly keyboards by space-music maven Jonn Serrie, and the eerie pulses of Jimmy Johnson's fretless base. Finding Paradise may find Lanz in easy-listening territory, but thanks to his pianistic chops and innate musical sensibilities, it's a lot closer to heaven than a great deal of this musical terrain.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bradley Torreano
The sweeping, piano-driven sounds of David Lanz approach the 20-year mark on Finding Paradise, his 2002 release. With his usual sentimental arrangements and crew of session musicians, this is exactly what one would expect from a David Lanz album. This could have been made in 1987 or in 1995 -- it has the timeless sound of smooth jazz and new age that has become a favorite of waiting rooms and grocery stores around the country. Lanz is an acquired taste, but fans of the Kenny G/Najee school of music should find this to be a fine addition to their collections.
New Age Voice
A fabulous crossover collection for today's soft jazz and contemporary pop enthusiasts.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/26/2002
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0028947055723
catalogNumber:
470557

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Performance Credits

David Lanz   Primary Artist,Piano,Keyboards
Gregg Karukas   Organ,Keyboards
Dave Koz   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Peter White   Acoustic Guitar
Bashiri Johnson   Percussion,Sounds
Charlie Bisharat   Violin
Luis Conte   Percussion
Bonnie Douglas   Violin
John Skippy Lehmkuhl   Drum Loop,Sounds
Eric Persing   Percussion,Sounds
Jonn Serrie   Keyboards
Paul Shure   Violin
Dino Soldo   Alto Saxophone
Leonid Keylin   Violin
Michael Miropolsky   Violin
Marc Antoine   Acoustic Guitar
Michael Hart Thompson   Guitar,E-bow
Will Kennedy   Drums
Jeff Beals   Trumpet
Wesley Dyring   Viola
Larisa Miropolsky   Violin
John Carrington   Harp
Tom Dziekonski   Violin
Misha Schmidt   Violin
Virginia Dziekonski   Cello,Viola
John Richard Lewis   Drums
Joe Gottesman   Viola
Patty Isacson   Viola
Anne Sokol   Violin
Andrea Schuler   Viola
Rachel Snow   Violin
Jeannie Wells Yablonsky   Violin
Jimmy Johnson   Fretless Bass Guitar
David Sabee   Cello
Mel Brown   Bass

Technical Credits

David Lanz   Producer,Engineer
Gregg Karukas   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,drum programming,Percussion Programming
Dave Koz   Producer
Bashiri Johnson   Percussion Programming
David Benoit   Arranger
John Skippy Lehmkuhl   Drum Sounds
Eric Persing   Percussion Programming
Reed Ruddy   Engineer
Gary Lanz   Engineer
Carla Leighton   Art Direction,Cover Photo

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Finding Paradise 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just lisensted to it today. I had no clue what to expect of it not knowing what music he played. It looked okay so I thought I would try it out. I found myself in a trance to his music. Some of the best music I have ever heard. One song that almost brought tears to my eyes was America. Now that was a great song. I like relaxing music and all of that, but this is the best I have probabaly ever heard. If you enjoy some nice harmonic and some melancholy music I would make sure to fill your cd collection with it. I did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I work in a middle school counseling office. This music is calming yet joyful. My kids are always asking what am I listening to. It 'calms the savage beast' and makes me feel great. I have many of David Lanz's cd's and highly recommend them.