Friday, June 6, 2008

John Bayless - Circle of Life


John Bayless is once again playing

1. Circle of Life
2. Your Song
3. Tiny Dancer
4. Can You Feel the Love Tonight?
5. Sorry Seems To Be the Hardest Word
6. Believe
7. Daniel
8. Goodbye, Yellow Brick Road
9. The One
10. Crocodile Rock
11. Rocket Man (I Think It's Going To Be A Long, Long Time)
12. Candle In the Wind
13. The Last Song

on his Steinway, this time trading in the Beatles that made him famous

(Bach Meets the Beatles, 1985) for Elton John, but still retaining Bach, because that's what the man does best. Frankly, it's great hearing a different and classical spin on things (like Circle of Life) that have been rerecorded far too much before. But never like this.

Sometimes it'll take you a few moments to find the tune in the flourish, and it's like an instant photo developing before your eyes. Something that will happen as often as you listen to the cd. Never dull. Not predictable, even though you've just heard the cd the other day. What better compliment can you give a "pop" cd?

His Puccini album topped the Billboard Classical crossover chart for 18 weeks, so that's my next stop, getting a copy of that.

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