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Composer-pianist Gary Smart performs his major works for that instrument.

Performing his own music for piano on this recording, Gary Smart considers himself an improvising composer-pianist who finds ideas at the keyboard and works them out in an active engagement with the instrument. Smart contends that the piano can create subtle and complex orchestral textures, wonderful tonal variations and most of all -- the piano can sing. This recording adds to his discography on Albany Records. Previous recordings include a disc of sonatas, one of rags and one of songs.
Gary Smart, composer
Piano Sonata No. 1
Gary Smart, piano

Gary Smart, composer
Three Pieces for Piano
Gary Smart, piano

Gary Smart, composer
Piano Sonata No. 2
Gary Smart, piano

"The solo piano music of Gary Smart...is informed by a lifetime of influence, with a delightful indifference to any single tradition...it is a distinctive voice, imbued by homage to his heroes, but never imitative. ...Smart is a terrific pianist...His rich tone, quicksilver fingerwork in embellishments and other delicate writing, and, chiefly, his buoyant and natural pulse are all the marks of a superior technician."(Fanfare)
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