Alan Broadbent, Heart to Heart (Chilly Bin)
Broadbent’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.