WTJU 91.1 FM Virginia weighs in on the new Wayne Alpern album “Scarab” Beatles Piano

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Wayne Alpern

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Wayne Alpern - Scarab

Wayne Alpern – Scarab Beatles Piano (Self-produced): “Wayne Alpern is a New York City composer, arranger, and scholar who integrates popular and jazz idioms with classical techniques and repertoire to create a sophisticated contemporary style of cross-genre, or even post-genre music. After years of composing complex new music, he embraced his personal history and indigenous musical culture and fused them with his classical background and training. His work includes numerous jazz arrangements, string quartets, woodwind and brass quintets, mixed ensembles, pieces for string orchestra, and several piano works.” (https://www.waynealpern.com/about) This disc offers pianist Billy Test performing ten of Alpern’s arrangements of The Beatles’ songs, including “”Let It Be” and “Eleanor Rigby” and less covered tunes such as “Norwegian Wood” and Nowhere Man” among others. It’s all quite lovely. Click here to listen to the songs on this disc.

Kari Gaffney

Kari Gaffney

Since 1988 Kari-On Productions has helped artists get an even footing in the industry through jazz promotion in the genres of Jazz, World & Latin Jazz through Jazz Radio and Publicity. Why do we do both, because they compliment each other, and we care about fiscal longevity for the artist.

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