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Gary Clark/ Piano

by Gary Clark

Gary Clark's captivating musical style evokes an air of nostalgia, while infusing a fresh, exciting interpretation of modern and traditional standards. Piano at its finest.
Genre: Easy Listening: Love Songs
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1. Pure Imagination/ Never Never Land
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2. Perfidia
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3. Someone Like You
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4. If I Only Had A Brain
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5. The Phantom Of The Opera/ Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again
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6. Lulllaby Of Birdland
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7. The Rose
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8. Besame Mucho
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9. Why Do People Fall In Love
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10. Here There And Everywhere
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11. Crazy
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12. Midnight Sun
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13. Vienna
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14. Tonight
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15. Time To Say Goodbye
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
...."Gary Clark's touch is magical"....

PIANIST..... ARRANGER.....COMPOSER


The opportunity to produce a solo record has always exerted a peculiar fascination over many musicians, be it to attain new dimensions of musical freedom or to make a statement as clearly defined as possible about one's own position as an artist.

Gary Clark has always shown his preference for piano solos. His first self produced CD,"Gary Clark/Simply Grand" has been positively reviewed by international critics. A stimulating and highly enjoyable album.First casting his spell over both fans and musicians with his special arrangement of "Over The Rainbow/When You Wish Upon A Star". Upon release, Barbara Taylor, president of Rising Star Records signed Gary to record a medley of two great Anthony Newley compositions, "Pure Imagination/The Candy Man" for the highly acclaimed compilation CD entitled "Young At Heart". Gary's stunning arrangement and performance of these classics is pure piano pleasure!

Gary's second CD, "Simply Grand 2" was released and again displayed piano playing of heartfelt emotion and great variety. Strongly attracted to melody, Gary gravitates to some of the greatest songs ever written for the Simply Grand collections. His haunting interpretation of "The Nearness Of You", received continuous rotation around the country's new age and acoustic programming radio stations. The positive response gained Simply Grand 2 airing of all tracks and Gary's popularity increased.

Gary Randall Clark, born July 6 ,in Miami Florida to a musical family, started playing the piano by ear at the age of 4, when a toy piano appeared under the Christmas tree.

Inspired by the great vocalists, the popular and jazz pianists of our time, Gary developed his own exciting style and technique. Playing with his heart and mind, his very expressive hands sing on the ivories; always holding a surprise in store for the listener.

Gary's third release, simply titled "PIANO", again showcases his superb taste in material and not only demonstrates his growth as an artist, but the possibilities of the sounds of his instrument. Listen and enjoy the magic of Gary Clark.


.......Gary Clark has the ability to define his song through vivid piano images"....

Lee Prosser---jazzreview.com

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Kathy Parsons

A fascinating collection!
Gary Clark has assembled another varied collection of solo piano arrangements of show and movie tunes, pop songs, and jazz standards and has given them his showy, heartfelt arrangements with lots of glissandos, runs up and down the keyboard, and arpeggios. Nothing ever overshadows the melodies, which are strong and expressive, and several of the songs even carry a feeling of whimsy. It’s always fun to be able to hear in a recording that the pianist is having a great time. I have seen Gary Clark referred to as “The Modern Liberace”, and I suppose there is some truth in that with the choice of material and his “big” playing style. I haven’t seen Clark in concert as yet, but I would imagine that the experience would be mostly lighthearted and exceptionally enjoyable.

I love Clark’s interpretation of “If I Only Had a Brain” from “The Wizard of Oz”. You can actually hear the piano smile throughout the song! The addition of “We’re Off to See the Wizard” at the end makes me chuckle every time. I was not familiar with “Vienna”, but this is my favorite of the ballads. The playing style is just a bit more subdued, letting the power of the song convey the message even more than the power of the playing. Clark does wonderfully poignant versions of “Time To Say Goodbye” (another favorite), “Someone Like You”, and “Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again” (mixed with a couple of other songs from “Phantom”), as well as a beautifully flowing arrangement of “The Rose”, and a touching “Why Do People Fall In Love?” The emotions from all of these pieces come through honestly and without hitting listeners over the head. He also does a great job with jazz standards “Perfidia” and “Lullaby of Birdland”.

This is a really enjoyable album, and I’ve had a lot of fun reviewing it. Gary Clark’s previous albums have been really good, but “Piano” shows a lot of artistic development and maturity. Highly recommended for you “easy listening” buffs and those who enjoy flashy pianistics.
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