CD Duration: 54.12 / Year: 2011
His first CD for four years, playing Ketron keyboards.
On This Night of a Thousand Stars
World of Dreams
So in Love
The Way We Were
Ain’t That a Kick in the Head
Medley: Somewhere My Love / Mornings at Seven
I Wanna Wake Up With You
You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me
You Never Can Tell
I’ve Got You Under My Skin
Always on My Mind
A Day in the Life of a Fool
Organ & Keyboard Cavalcade Review
This new CD is from one of the favourites on the keyboard circuit and one-half of keyboard duo “KeyKlix”, namely Ian Griffin. It’s his first release since “Up On The Roof” in 2007 and, as with that release, he is playing the Ketron keyboards and Roland pedal-board setup that he uses on his concerts. The inlay states the CD contains a “selection of music made famous by many stars in show business” (although isn’t that what all keyboard CDs are?). Having said that, there is a good selection of tunes with most you will know (although there are a couple that are new to me).
The CD starts with a lovely laid back arrangement of “On This Night of a Thousand Stars” with guitar and piano leads. “Mississippi” is next before the piano flourishes and sweeping strings of the title track “World of Dreams”. I thought track four was going to be “Copacabana” after the opening few bars, but no… it’s an unusual arrangement of “So In Love” with a sax lead. “The Way We Were” starts out as a straight solo piano piece, before a lovely string backing appears, then drums, bass and orchestral bits and bobs finish it off nicely.
We get “Kicked in the Head” next with the swing classic, with sax and brass ensemble leads and nice walking bass. The only medley of the CD follows; a James Last style version of “Somewhere My Love” and his “Mornings at Seven” hit. “I Wanna Wake Up With You” makes a rare appearance (remember that one from the 1980s?) with a soprano sax and flute lead.
The Carpenter’s “Sing” has sax/clarinet leads and pretty piano backing and this is followed by Dusty Springfield’s “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me” with a trumpet lead over full string/orchestral backing.
A steel guitar / rock ‘n’ roll piano arrangement of Chuck Berry’s “You Never Can Tell” follows, with a couple of key changes thrown in for good measure, then the second swing piece; “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” with sax ensemble lead. “Always on My Mind” has an oboe and piano melody which builds with strings and choirs with a good guitar solo in the middle. The penultimate track is a bossa nova and guitar arrangement of Sinatra’s “A Day in the Life of a Fool” before the CD closes with “Temptation”.
As I said, this CD contains a good mix of tunes and, as well as the faultless playing and realistic sounds of the Ketron, special mention should be made of Ian’s arrangements which do make this CD stand out from many of the others around at the moment. This all makes for an enjoyable and entertaining release and let’s hope it isn’t another four years before his next one. I also have to declare my interest in this CD as I designed the inlay and booklet.
Review by Ian King from Organ and Keyboard Cavalcade Magazine.