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Face to Face

by Ryan & Ryan

Debut album from dynamic father (Donald) and son (Barron) piano duo. Superb playing of America's art music - Jazz. Contains Gershwin's Rhapsody In Blue, selections from Dave Grusin's movie sound track to The Firm, and the samba from Milhaud's Scaramouche.
Genre: Jazz: Piano Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Brasileira (from Scaramouche)
2:41 $0.99
2. The Firm - Main Title
3:40 $0.99
3. Mitch & Abby (from "The Firm")
2:35 $0.99
4. Memphis Stomp (from "The Firm")
3:00 $0.99
5. Ray's Blues (from "The Firm")
4:11 $0.99
6. Mud Island Chase (from "The Firm")
3:51 $0.99
7. How Could You Lose Me? - End Title (from "The Firm")
4:07 $0.99
8. Rhapsody in Blue
17:05 album only
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Album Notes
“Ryan & Ryan, Donald & Barron, Father & Son, no how matter how you know them, they are excellent pianists.”

” The Musical Magic of Ryan & Ryan’ is an outstanding mix of classical and popular music, with something for everyone. We look forward to their next performance in Van Buren!”

“It was breathtaking to see and listen to both father and son play the piano so brilliantly, to a sold-out house, and watching everyone respond with such enthusiasm, standing ovations and cries of ‘encore, encore, encore.’ Ryan & Ryan gave the performance of a lifetime at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame and we relished in it and loved every minute of it.”

Three different statements from three different presenters in three different states gives an idea of the excellence of piano playing on this CD. The first number is Darius Milhaud's samba, Brasileira - the last of his three-movement suite for two pianos, Scaramouche, and a favorite of piano duo-ists. It's so authentic sounding that one is hard-pressed to believe that it was written by a European.

The soundtrack the Dave Grusin wrote for the movie, The Firm, is a masterpiece, earning him Grammy and Academy Award nominations for his imagination and skill at creating and performing a piano-only score. On this CD no electronic filtering or altering was done and not all of Grusin's songs are included. Because some of them sound like two pianos anyway - overdubbing - it was an easy decision to arrange it for a piano duo. Two numbers were kept as solos - Barron rocks out on Memphis Stomp and Donald heats it up on Ray's Blues.

There's hardly anything left to say about Rhapsody In Blue, this imposing watermark in American piano literature. It's hard not to like it, either in whole or in part. George Gershwin's genius for melody, harmony and rhythm is undeniable and utterly fascinating. Although the versions for piano and orchestra or piano and jazz band are better known, the two-piano version is the original. In some ways it's still the best.

BONUS! Although only eight audio tracks are listed, there is an encore video accessible by your computer. Put the CD in the optical drive to see the Ryans seamlessly taking turns at a difficult Chopin étude at one piano.



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