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Album Review: Cherish
Jim Hudak
Cover image of the album Cherish by Jim Hudak
Jim Hudak
2000 / Brainstorm Records
43 minutes
Review by Kathy Parsons
Cherish is a collection of original compositions and cover tunes mostly from the 1960’s and ‘70’s, played on piano by Jim Hudak and accompanied by real (as opposed to synth) instrumentalists. I grew up with most of these songs, and it’s always fun to hear them again. I would say that Hudak’s style is more on the easy-listening side with some classical, jazz, country, and pop influences. The three original tracks are “City of the Angels,” a lovely ballad, which has cello, flute, and violins as well as piano; “Wild Goose,” a jazzy duet for piano and sax; and “It’s Not An Original Sin,” a bittersweet song for piano, guitar, and harmonica; all three are very enjoyable. The cover tunes include “Walk Away Renee,” “Mr. Bojangles,” “Lay Lady Lay,” and a medley of “Bookends” and “Homeward Bound.” “Ruby Tuesday” and “Bus Stop” are both presented as piano solos, and are especially interesting. Cherish is a very pleasant trip down Memory Lane. It is available from amazon.com and [WEBSITE].
April 4, 2000
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