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At the Piano

by Richard Kahn

Cozy up to your loved one with these lush piano arrangements of many of the best popular songs by the great singer/songwriters of the 60's, 70's and '80s.
Genre: Pop: 70's Pop
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1. Where Everybody Knows Your Name (theme From Cheers)
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2. Candle In the Wind
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3. Just The Way You Are
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4. Kei's Song
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5. Mahogany
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6. All I Ask of You/music of the Night
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7. One Tin Soldier
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8. My Cherie Amour
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9. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
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10. Somewhere Out There
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11. Time In A Bottle
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12. That's What Friends Are For
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13. Yesterday
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14. I Feel Like Making Love To You
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15. Through The Eyes of Love
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16. Tonight I Celebrate My Love For You
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17. She's Always A Woman To Me
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18. Send In the Clowns
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19. Stormy
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
For over twenty-five years, Los Angeles-based pianist, arranger and composer Richard Kahn has performed his unique arrangements of jazz, Latin jazz and popular music. As a solo pianist, he has been booked in virtually every live public venue in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills. He has performed for the Emperor of Japan, the Sultan of Brunei, the Prime Minister of Israel, the President of the Philippines, the Prime Minister of Romania, and countless officials of the United States government. He has entertained at the homes and affairs of hundreds of film and television industry figures, as well as significant contributors in the worlds of art, music, theater, dance and sports. As a soloist and with his acclaimed pop/jazz trio, he has been a popular fixture at the Four Seasons, Regent-Beverly Wilshire, Peninsula and Ritz-Carlton hotels, as well as the Los Angeles, Brentwood and Annandale Country Clubs.

Richard Kahn joined the Music faculty at the Los Angeles Valley College in Fall 2000, where he is a tenured Associate Professor of Music, teaching Jazz Harmony and Arranging, Jazz Improvisation, Composing for Film and Media, Music Notation, Music Technology, Songwriting and Music as a Business. He served on the faculty of the California State University at Los Angeles from 1992 to 2000. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Classical Piano Performance from Washburn University, a Masters Degree in Jazz Studies and Arranging from CSULA, with graduate studies at the University of North Texas in Jazz Performance, Arranging and Music Technology.

Reviewed by noted jazz and popular music critic, Scott Yanow.
Artist: Pianist and arranger Richard Kahn
CD: “Richard Kahn at the Piano”
CD: “Jazz 88ist”

Richard Kahn, an Associate Professor of Music at Los Angeles Valley College, teaches a variety of music classes including jazz harmony, arranging, and improvisation. He is also an excellent jazz pianist, as shown on these two recently released solo CDs.

“Richard Kahn at the Piano” has Kahn presenting and exploring 19 songs that mostly date from the late 60's through the 1980s. While it is true that few jazz standards came from that period, he brings back a wide assortment of familiar melodies, including many that have not been revived very often. The set includes such tunes as “Theme From Cheers,” “Just The Way You Are,” “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” “Feel Like Making Love,” “She's Always A Woman To Me” and “One Tin Soldier.” The songs are presented with respect and an emphasis on their melodies yet each is given a swinging feel. Although I wish that more extensive improvising took place on some of the tunes, the results are pleasing, upbeat and a tribute to the era's songwriters.

“Jazz 88ist” features Richard Kahn creating concise versions of 24 older songs, mostly melodic jazz standards. Only one of these performances is over four minutes long and all of the recordings are first takes. Some are brief sketches (five are under two minutes) but all pay tribute to the rich melodies while adding swing and soulful improvising.

As in the days of 78s when recordings were limited to three minutes, Richard Kahn makes the most of each second. Among the highlights are the Latin feel that he gives to “It Might As Well Be Spring,” a heartfelt “The Nearness Of You,” a revival of Oscar Peterson's “Hymn To Freedom” (during which he even sounds a little like Peterson), and a catchy rendition of Keith Jarrett's “Lucky Southern.”

The feeling that the pianist wished to convey throughout this CD is of a relaxed late-night club gig or of a social gathering where friends and family request songs that are played by an adaptable pianist. At this, and at creating fresh and accessible versions of standards, Richard Kahn succeeds admirably. Both sets (jazz fans will most enjoy “Jazz 88ist”) are highly recommended and immediately available from

www.cdbaby.com/richardkahn
www.cdbaby.com/richardkahn2 and
www.richardkahnmusic.com.

Reviewed March 10, 2009 by Scott Yanow
Author of ten books, including:
Jazz On Record, 1917-76
Trumpet Kings
The Jazz Singers
Jazz On Film




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