David Lanz – Painting the Sun

29 01 2009

david-lanz-painting-the-sun-coverDavid Lanz – Painting the Sun
MP3 @ 320 Kbps | 48:38 min | 114 MB | 2008 | 10% Recovery Record

The master new age piano pioneer took a cool and rhythmic detour in the early 2000s, working with some top smooth jazz stars to create a spirited, radio-friendly hybrid he playfully referred to as “smooth age.” After returning to his roots (and his original label, Narada) with the atmospheric Spirit Romance, his 2005 dual project with flutist Gary Stroutsos, Lanz, on his beautiful and impressionistic Shanachie debut Painting the Sun, comes full-circle back to the elegant and contemplative (but still engagingly melodic) solo piano vibe that launched his career 25 years earlier. His original idea for the album title was “A Time for Peace,” but taking a walk around his Seattle area home on a sunny spring day found him looking up and thinking about the artistic spirit of one’s soul and energy–which is what has always emerged in his deepest musings throughout his career. Beyond the eloquently stated originals (highlighted by the hypnotic title track, the highly improvisational “Spanish Blue,” a thoughtful “Hymn,” and the dark toned, moody “Evening Song”), Lanz mines the familiar ground of his musical influences as he covers the Pete Seeger-composed Byrds classic “Turn Turn Turn.” This lush reading continues in the whimsical spirit of his 1998 British Invasion tribute Songs from an English Garden. Lanz did well crossing over with smooth audiences, but this long-awaited project makes it clear that he expresses his truest heart when he’s sitting at the piano channeling heavenly inspiration.

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David Lanz – Love Songs

29 01 2009

front15David Lanz – Love Songs
MP3 @ 320 Kbps | 1:09:00 min | 171 MB | 2001 | 10% Recovery Record

Love Songs showcases pianist-composer David Lanz in perhaps his most affecting setting–performing solo, or with modest accompaniment, as he summons lovely, heart-touching melodies from some deep, internal reservoir of passion and clarity. The disc is a sampler that draws from seven pre-2000 recordings (plus one live track, an attractive performance of “The Eyes of Amelia” with guitarist Eric Tingstad and oboist Nancy Rumbel), and it features several of Lanz’s best-known works–from the famed title track of Cristofori’s Dream to a pair of selections (“Song for Monet” and “Leaves on the Seine”)moreā€¦ from his masterful 1984 release, Nightfall. The recording’s concept and title were dreamt up by his former label, since Lanz views himself not as a romantic but merely as an enlightened pilgrim. Only once, he has stated, has he ever written a song with overt romantic intentions–“Leaves on the Seine,” which he composed after a visit to Paris with his wife. The rest, he says, simply reflect his optimistic view of a more compassionate world to come. This helps explain the sentimental overload that sometimes creeps into his works. (The schmaltz police, for example, might write him up for a few excesses on “Beloved.”) Yet Lanz’s heart is ultimately in the right place, and his simple but earnest music makes a persuasive argument for putting yours there, too.

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David Lanz – Return To The Heart

29 01 2009

return-to-the-heart_fronts1David Lanz – Return To The Heart
MP3 @ 320 Kbps | 1:01:20 min | 150 MB | 1991 | 10% Recovery Record

“It’s all about a hope for a brighter future,” David says. “It’s my hope that we can all rediscover a positive, uplifting outlook on life, then use that feeling to motivate us to live lives that can positively influence those around us: our families, our communities and, at some point, the entire world. It all starts, I believe, with a return to the heart.” – David Lanz

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David Lanz – Romantic (The Ultimate David Lanz Narada Collection)

29 01 2009

david_lanz_romantic_the_ultimate_david_lanz_narada_collection_2002_retail_cd-frontDavid Lanz – Romantic (The Ultimate David Lanz Narada Collection)
MP3 @ 320 Kbps | 2:11:37 min | 316 MB | 2002 | 2 CD’s | 10% Recovery Record

David Lanz’s decade-spanning career is given an overview on the 2002 collection Romantic: The Ultimate David Lanz Narada Collection. His piano-based instrumental compositions have sold millions of records, making him one of Narada’s most successful artists, and this retrospective assembles 27 of his sentimental works in a two-disc set. Perfect for listeners interested in discovering the artist and longtime fans who will enjoy having all of his best-known songs in one place.

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David Lanz, Eric Tingstad and Nancy Rumbel – Woodlands

29 01 2009

eric-tingstad-nancy-rumbel-and-david-lanz-woodlands-1990David Lanz, Eric Tingstad and Nancy Rumbel – Woodlands
MP3 @ 320 Kbps | 43:01 min | 106 MB | 1990 | 10% Recovery Record

Woodlands is a CD of largely acoustic soundworlds by Eric Tingstad, Nancy Rumbel, and David Lanz. It is gentle and ambient. The sound design incorporates the finest efforts of these gifted artists. Tingstad’s guitars are, as always, smooth; Rumbel’s winds are silken; and Lanz’s piano is mellow. The combination creates a pastoral soundscape, complete with organic and elegant textures. This CD, while not the best work of Tingstad & Rumbel, is still very strong and enjoyable. It will appeal to fans of Lisa Lynne, Kitaro, Gary Stroutsos, and Jonn Serrie.

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David Lanz – The Symphonic Sessions

29 01 2009

david-lanz-the-symphonic-sessions-2003David Lanz – The Symphonic Sessions
MP3 @ 320 Kbps | 52:19 min | 129 MB | 2003 | 10% Recovery Record

David Lanz brings a deep sensitivity and passion to his music. Accompanied by the elegance of an orchestra, his music is filled with a grandeur, power, and richness unlike anything else. THE SYMPHONIC SESSIONS bring together Lanz’s most popular and powerful performances in an orchestral setting for a musical experience to be treasured for years to come.

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David Lanz – Best of David Lanz (2005)

29 01 2009

david-lanz-best-of-david-lanz-2005David Lanz – Best of David Lanz (2005)
MP3 @ 320 Kbps | 53:24 min | 133 MB | 2005 | 10% Recovery Record

A friend gave me The Best of David Lanz for my birthday several years ago, and even now I listen to this album all the way through at least once a week. I listen over dinner, while working, in the car; it’s a fantastic compilation of intricate, relaxing music.

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