CD: Alan Broadbent

Alan Broadbent, Heart to Heart (Chilly Bin)

Broadbent Heart to HeartBroadbent’s first solo piano album, recorded in 1991, was a highlight of Concord’s Maybeck series. He has continued to perform with a trio and with Charlie Haden’s Quartet West, but to many he is known primarily as the arranger-conductor for Diana Krall, Natalie Cole, Michael Feinstein and Paul McCartney. Producer George Fendel thought it was time for Broadbent to again record alone on a superb piano before an appreciative audience, so he presented him in the solo series at Portland’s Classic Piano store. From Haden’s “Hello My Lovely” to a blazing conclusion with “Cherokee,” Broadbent reminds us of his formidable command of the instrument, his harmonic chops and the joy he takes and gives in making music.

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  1. says

    Listening to the title song, “Heart to Heart,” I was marveling at the rich harmonic structure of the piece which sounds vaguely familiar like a reharmonization of a familiar song… and as it nears the end it finally reveals itself to be…..”Body and Soul!” It was like variations first, leading TO the theme.