The classically trained Danny Wright has an exquisite touch at the piano. Soul Mates opens out like a florid musical bouquet, abounding in strong melodies and bittersweet sentiments without getting syrupy. The first two songs -- "Angel's Voices" and "Soul Mates" -- are variations on the same theme, leading into the warm traditional folk tune, "The Water Is Wide." Here Wright combines synth string arrangements with a live violin counterpart, building up the moving melody as if to convey the steadfastness of true love. "Keys to the Heart" was commissioned for a marriage proposal -- which apparently worked -- and leads promisingly into "Everlasting Love." Other originals were written for a birth ("Greyson's Lullaby"), a roast to honor comedy writer Milt Rosen and his wife, Judy ("Tender Moments"), and as a memorial to the Kennedy family. Although many of the pieces find their richness in sweeping melody lines and fancy arpeggios, others venture into more adventurous terrain. "Loving You" offers some intriguing passages, while the heavily orchestrated "Everything Must Change" (a George Benson standard) seems to pull its inspiration from a 1940s film noir. There's really a lot of variety here, yet the album seems to flow along like one continuous composition. Heartfelt, romantic, and very classy.