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Album Review: The Arrangements Two
Danny Wright
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The Arrangements Two
Danny Wright
2008 / 5th Avenue Records
52 minutes
Review by Kathy Parsons
The Arrangements Two is the second release in a series of Danny Wright’s solo piano arrangements of some of the most popular songs of all time. Quite a few of the twenty-seven recordings Wright has released since 1986 have been his arrangements of standards and pop hits, movie and Broadway music, and even some of the classics. This series features some of the highlights. Danny’s dazzling piano technique never fails to impress, but never at the expense of the melodies or the emotional content of the music. If you are looking for a comfortable, inspiring CD of familiar piano music, this is a very good place to start!

My piano teacher/reviewer’s ears would not weep if Pachelbel’s “Canon in D” went into permanent retirement, but I know it is still many people’s favorite piece, and Wright’s version will not disappoint. “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” has been one of my favorite love songs for a lot of years, and Wright’s take is both passionate and tender - a beauty! “Brian’s Song” is another favorite of mine, and this arrangement is perfect - as are “Unchained Melody,” “The Wind Beneath My Wings,” and “The Homecoming.” Other titles include “Looking Through The Eyes of Love (Theme from ‘Ice Castles’),” “The Long and Winding Road,” “As Time Goes By,” “The Way We Were,” “Somewhere My Love (Lara’s Theme),” and “In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning.”

The Arrangements Two will give you almost an hour of graceful, elegant solo piano and is available from dannywrightpiano.com.
May 13, 2009
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