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Piano Dreams

by Doug Strock

ROMANTIC piano jazz. Achingly heart-felt, brashly unique, addictive, sensual beloved melodies and haunting originals. Lush harmony around exquisite pauses.
Genre: Jazz: Free Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Melantha
1:59 $0.99
2. Summertime
4:09 $0.99
3. A Child Is Born
2:55 $0.99
4. My Funny Valentine
4:26 $0.99
5. Detour Ahead
2:37 $0.99
6. You Are So Beautiful
2:35 $0.99
7. When You Wish Upon a Star
2:42 $0.99
8. I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now
1:46 $0.99
9. Memories of Tomorrow
2:29 $0.99
10. How Long Has This Been Going On
3:28 $0.99
11. When I Look in Your Eyes
2:45 $0.99
12. Prelude to a Kiss
2:35 $0.99
13. The Search
3:09 $0.99
14. In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning
2:23 $0.99
15. Blues For Celia Z
4:01 $0.99
16. Melantha (take2)
2:34 $0.99
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FRESH NEW versions of the most unforgettable songs by Rogers and Hart, Gershwin, Keith Jarrett, Duke Ellington, Billy Preston and Thad Jones.

And goosebump-producing originals.

"There's a guy who can make a solitude moment an unforgettable experience, generate passion during a romantic dinner for two, and intrigue listeners with his sophisicated showmanship, this artist is Doug Strock and his latest cd is entitled Piano Dreams.

Strock's playing is very subtle, gentle, precise, and utopian. What really helps Strock is the fact that he's capable of supplying a fresh new breath to songs that have been recorded and played by almost everyone. Take for instance, Strock's personal rendition of the Gershwins' "Summertime" and "How Long Has This Been Going On". It makes you re-appreciate the talent and craftmanship of the Gershwin compositions..."

...And three originals will keep the listener coming back to experience Piano Dreams, due to Strock's uncanny way with harmony and unexpected pauses."

Doug Strock was raised in Boston where his classical study of piano began. He stopped playing after several years, however, feeling too constrained by the precision required. During a three year hiatus, Strock learned about the chord system with its liberating aspects and he began studying jazz harmony with local teachers. This foundation led to acceptance as a private student of John Mehegan, the first teacher of improvisation at Juilliard.

Promisingly, during this period, Strock received encouragement from Leonard Bernstein.

Strock's non-music life involved advanced study of Russian at Columbia and Yale. His language ability led to a position with the US-USSR Trade and Economic Council where he was a liaison for Fortune 200 CEO's and corresponding Russian ministers.

Following this period, realizing the personal importance of his music, Strock devoted himself, full-time, to piano. His new existence involved separation from friends and a hardship-cleansing which stimulated the birth of a special piano sound.

The Strock sound crosses over from "free jazz" to "mood music". Strock's regular high rankings on internet music sites, next to pioneers like Coltrane and Sun Ra in "free jazz"--- and Chris Botti, Sinatra and Diana Krall in "mood music", are indicative of his special musical presence.



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Dianna T.

like being able to feel your heart
I used the site and ordered 2 more CD's. I know my friends will just LOVE your music as much as I do. I'm still mesmerized by the play of your hands. Quite extraordinary...I so appreciate your sharing yourself with the world so deeply through your music. It's amazing how deeply I can feel you through this. It's like being able to feel your heart.

Karen Gibson Roc

This cd makes me feel the truth about the magic of music. The healing vibrations that pour forth from the music are real. It is simple divinity.

Doti Lackey

Beautiful Arrangements
Care went into Piano Dreams to present the old songs just right.


Piano Dreams doesn't make me work too hard to enjoy it. From the first notes, I immediately understood that this musician is in tune with his instrument and his gift, and the magic of well crafted music will allow me to relax, unwind and remember...

San Diego City Beat

achingly heartfelt
The sounds Strock strings together are achingly heartfelt and sincere, unfailingly perfect in their gentle dissonance.
Piano Dreams proves that we are more than just slaves to the beat. Stop and smell the chords.

Don Eliot

Is so very nice. Wonderful style of beautiful jazz piano which was a delight to listen to