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Songs from an English Garden
     

Songs from an English Garden

by David Lanz
 
As David Lanz demonstrates Songs From an English Garden, his first ambition in life was to be a rock & roll pianist based on the music he grew up with in the '60s. Having done brilliant orchestral, rock, and solo piano versions of Moody Blues, Procol Harum, and Beatles classics

Overview

As David Lanz demonstrates Songs From an English Garden, his first ambition in life was to be a rock & roll pianist based on the music he grew up with in the '60s. Having done brilliant orchestral, rock, and solo piano versions of Moody Blues, Procol Harum, and Beatles classics throughout his discography, this colorful new tribute to the British Invasion can be seen as simply an extension, a case of the more, the merrier. No doubt his main obstacle laid in not creating muzak versions of these well worn hits, and his arrangements -- and use of unusual instrumentation and vibrant guest shots by Dave Koz and Herb Alpert -- reflect careful respect on his part. Lanz plays Peralta bells, for instance, on a percussive take of the Hollies' "Bus Stop," and creates a staccato, stop and start effect combining piano and orchestra. He asks original Procol Harum organist Matthew Fisher to add a touch of blues to the castanet clapping Latin vibe of that band's hit "Conquistador" and swings through a brassy rendition of "Tuesday Afternoon," alternating ivory registers (as the original did) and adding the '70s touch of the Wurlitzer electric piano. Dealing with simple melodies like "I'll Follow the Sun" and "Ferry Cross the Mersey," he also creates original passages that introduce the main tune, while stripping down to basics on a poignant rendition of "Strawberry Fields Forever." That same tender grace characterizes the original title track as well as the other original piece, the rainy day portrait "London Blue," which provides an appropriate setting for some of British rock's most beloved treasures.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/14/1998
Label:
Narada
UPC:
0724384544720
catalogNumber:
45447

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Lanz   Primary Artist,Organ,Piano,Harpsichord,Marimbas,Electric Piano,Bells,Vibes,Hand Clapping
James Reynolds   Percussion,Castanets
Herb Alpert   Trumpet
Dave Koz   Soprano Saxophone
Allen Vizzutti   Trumpet
Glen Velez   Percussion,Drums
Matthew Fisher   Hammond Organ
Linda Anderson   Violin
Roy Bittan   Accordion
Matt Chamberlain   Drums
Eugene Friesen   Cello
John Goforth   Saxophone
Tony Levin   Bass,Fretless Bass Guitar
Luis Peralta   Percussion,Bongos,Waterphone
Tim Pierce   Guitar,Electric Guitar,12-string Guitar
Mikhail Schmidt   Violin
Marjorie Talvi   Violin
Roberta Downey   Cello
Michael Miropolsky   Violin
Vincent Comer   Viola
Penelope Crane   Viola
Gary Lanz   Acoustic Guitar,Autoharp,Electric Guitar,Hand Clapping
David Tonkongui   Cello
Bruce Wilson   Saxophone
Mark Robbins   French Horn
Richard Cole   Saxophone
Robert Jordan   Saxophone
Wesley Dyring   Viola
Yun-Yin Gu   Cello
Jeff Hay   Trombone
Dan Williams   English Horn
Gary Shutes   Trombone
Peter Kaman   Violin
Jeannie Wells Yablonsky   Violin
David Sabee   Cello

Technical Credits

David Lanz   Producer
James Reynolds   Programming,Sound Effects
Steven Ray Allen   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Rich Denhart   Executive Producer
Ken Noble   Composer
Chad Stuart   Composer
Ed Thacker   Producer,Engineer
Clive Metcalfe   Composer

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