Deeply positive musical expressions Richard Shulman – LIFE SEASONS: My, but time just flies, folks… it’s almost two years since I reviewed pianist/composer Richard’s inventive “Turned Into Lemonade” album, which got high marks from me, to be sure. To get an up-close and personal taste for Richard’s piano mastery, watch this video for “Early Spring” from his new album…
…since you’re right there already, be sure to SUBSCRIBE to his RichHeart Music – Richard Shulman channel on YouTube, where you’ll find a LOT more excellent video performances.
On the new release, Richard’s superb piano and compositional skills are complimented very nicely by Zack Page – bass; Rick Dilling – drums; Wendy Jones – soprano and flute; Paula Hanke – alto; Sherman Hoover – tenor; Bob Bencze – bass/baritone and Ron Clearfield – cello, especially on lovely tunes like “Bohemian Summer” (samples aren’t ready yet, as the album doesn’t go live until late June, 2020)… the contrast of vocals against Richard’s piano are simply stunning… DJ’s will be spinning this song OFTEN!
The combination of flute and piano on the intro for “Spinning into Winter”, as well as the tasty vocal, made this an absolute winner for me; another thing that is totally striking about Richard’s compositions is that they “paint” imagery that will stay in your head for a long time to come.
My choice for personal favorite of the thirteen seasonally-flavored sonic journeys Richard offers up is (without question) the cheerful and forward-looking “Hope for Spring”… these turbulent times make songs that are vibrantly alive ever more valuable – and this tune is top-of-the-line!
I give Richard and his high-talent crew a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 4.99. Get more information on Richard’s Richheart Music label as it becomes available. Rotcod Zzaj
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