Embracing Winter


The long requested and awaited Jim Hudak Christmas Album is finished! Titled Embracing Winter, the disc features 14 songs, both well known and obscure.  Yes, you'll hear songs like "Winter Wonderland" and "The First Noel."  But you'll also hear four new original compositions, including one where I'm actually singing to a beautiful set of lyrics penned by my long time songwriting partner, Dan Erikson.  We're mighty proud of this song, titled "Remember The Child."
The other 13 tracks come in the usual format we've used over the past 15 years of recording: piano based instrumental music, where the piano is accompanied by various instruments.  Guitar, trumpet, bells, harmonica, and percussion all take their place on different songs throughout the CD.
This CD will make a lovely Christmas gift, and should be a nice addition to anyone's music collection.
The long requested and awaited Jim Hudak Christmas Album is finished! Titled Embracing Winter, the disc features 14 songs, both well known and obscure.  Yes, you'll hear songs like "Winter Wonderland" and "The First Noel."  But you'll also hear four new original compositions, including one where I'm actually singing to a beautiful set of lyrics penned by my long time songwriting partner, Dan Erikson.  We're mighty proud of this song, titled "Remember The Child."

The other 13 tracks come in the usual format we've used over the past 15 years of recording: piano based instrumental music, where the piano is accompanied by various instruments.  Guitar, trumpet, bells, harmonica, and percussion all take their place on different songs throughout the CD.

This CD will make a lovely Christmas gift, and should be a nice addition to anyone's music collection.

Bridging Textures



Cherish - Jim Hudak
Featuring the production skills of Will Ackerman, founder of Windham Hill Records, Bridging Textures has already been hailed as a landmark album for pianist Jim Hudak. With fretless bassist extraordinaire Michael Manring, the incomparable Tracy Silverman on violin, and the ubiquitous Mary Fettig on saxophone, this piano based instrumental record begs for repeated listenings. Jim Hudak writes all of the music, though four of the tracks include co-writer credits. Each song contains just the right instrumental mix, and two of the tracks are recorded as solo piano pieces. This is music from a one of a kind pianist and composer. Jim Hudak’s creative palette is broad, and a good cross section of the various types of music he writes is on display here. While piano is always the primary focus, the additional instruments add depth, power, and subtlety. From the aforementioned bass, violin, and saxophone to percussion, guitar, and a squeezebox, this is a collection of sounds and songs to be reckoned with. Adult eclectic music at its finest, this is a CD that successfully and effortlessly crosses several musical boundaries. With Bridging Textures, Jim Hudak proves that he’s a major artist on the rise.

Cherish



Cherish - Jim Hudak
Cherish is a wonderful, one-of-a-kind album featuring unique piano orchestrations of some of the best-loved songs of our time. Focusing on timeless popular songs from the 60’s and 70’s, this CD of instrumental music features piano on every song, with different combinations of accompanying instruments including cello, violin, flute, guitar, saxophone and harmonica. Several songs are arranged by the gifted Tony Kaye, and the end result is an outstanding presentation of pop-chamber music. All 14 tracks are first-rate recordings. Besides three exceptional original compositions, particular standouts include “Walk Away Renee,” “Norwegian Wood,” “Mr. Bojangles,” “Lay Lady Lay,” “Come Saturday Morning,” and “By The Time I Get To Phoenix.” Truly a record that always feels fresh and never sounds dated. A fantastic debut CD by an artist with impeccable taste.

Gratefully Yours



Gratefully Yours - Jim Hudak
Grateful Dead music on piano? You bet! Gratefully Yours, Jim Hudak's 2001 Brainstorm Records release, continues to receive worldwide acclaim and attention. It's a "piano record" featuring tasteful accompaniment from guitar, mandolin, harmonica, and bass on some of the most beloved songs from the Grateful Dead.
David Gans, the Grateful Dead author, historian, and host of the syndicated radio show "The Grateful Dead Hour," provides Garcia-like guitar licks on the timeless tune, "Ripple." Rick Hatfield, harmonica player extraordinaire, returns for a stellar three-song contribution following his appearance on Cherish, the first album by Jim Hudak. The CD's one original composition, "Rock Stars," nicely fits in with the 11 Dead songs in this collection.
A nine-foot Yamaha acoustic grand piano was used for all of the recordings, in an unusually large room with high ceilings. The result is a “cathedral-esque” piano sound rarely heard in popular music. "China Doll" and "Attics Of My Life" are prime examples of solo piano at its finest.
A must-have CD for collectors and fans of the band, Gratefully Yours has also served to introduce this music to a host of individuals unfamiliar with a legendary band's legacy. The melodies run deep, sweet, and rich. This is the perfect addition to any CD collection.
Grateful Dead music on piano? You bet! Gratefully Yours, Jim Hudak's 2001 Brainstorm Records release, continues to receive worldwide acclaim and attention. It's a "piano record" featuring tasteful accompaniment from guitar, mandolin, harmonica, and bass on some of the most beloved songs from the Grateful Dead.

David Gans, the Grateful Dead author, historian, and host of the syndicated radio show "The Grateful Dead Hour," provides Garcia-like guitar licks on the timeless tune, "Ripple." Rick Hatfield, harmonica player extraordinaire, returns for a stellar three-song contribution following his appearance on Cherish, the first album by Jim Hudak. The CD's one original composition, "Rock Stars," nicely fits in with the 11 Dead songs in this collection.

A nine-foot Yamaha acoustic grand piano was used for all of the recordings, in an unusually large room with high ceilings. The result is a “cathedral-esque” piano sound rarely heard in popular music. "China Doll" and "Attics Of My Life" are prime examples of solo piano at its finest.

A must-have CD for collectors and fans of the band, Gratefully Yours has also served to introduce this music to a host of individuals unfamiliar with a legendary band's legacy. The melodies run deep, sweet, and rich. This is the perfect addition to any CD collection.



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