Fascinating felt piano Kris Baines – A Child’s Christmas EP critique

Fascinating felt piano Kris Baines

Fascinating felt piano Kris Baines – A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS:  If you’ve never listened much to a “dampered piano” before, you’ll find Kris Baines fascinating felt piano work very much to your liking, I believe.  This December, 2020, release features seasonal songs… to get a sense of how sensitive and masterful Kris’s piano work is, watch this earlier video…

…be sure to SUBSCRIBE to his YouTube channel; you’ll find many other wonderful performances there. 

The felt piano uses the same damper method as the “soft” pedal, but it’s constant, rather than pedal-applied… on songs like the traditional “God Rest You Merry Gentlemen” (samples will be posted as soon as I’m told they’re available), you’ll find your ears straining to catch all the nuances – even if you have your headphones on, which I most strongly recommend – and, that’s what makes Kris’s album so unique… it’s almost like a “piano mystery”!

As you listen to “O Come All Ye Faithful”, you’ll realize that you are in the presence of a true piano master… Kris’s rendition of this classic brought back many pleasant holiday memories for me.

Of the six seasonal songs Kris offers up for our listening pleasure, I found “Away In A Manger” to be my personal favorite… the tune will inspire visions of the child’s birth… as Kris says on the liner notes in his own words… “designed to help you relax, chill, sleep, and is also great to get the kids to sleep too“!  I loved this performance!

I give Kris a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 4.99 for this fine seasonal EP.  Get more information on Kris’s SPOTIFY profile as it becomes available.                                        Rotcod Zzaj

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