Ravello Records releases James Adler & Friends, a compilation of work by James Adler, Seth Bedford, Franz Liszt, Leo Ornstein, and Paul Turok. Tracing Mr. Adler’s music roots, the CD includes two pieces specifically composed for him: Seth Bedford’s Christopher Street Rag and Paul Turkok’s Tango for James Adler. Two collaborative works are included: Reverie, Interrupted for Tenor Saxophone and Piano (with Jordan P. Smith, Tenor Saxophone) and A Song of the Road (with Malcolm J. Merriweather, Baritone). Also highlighting the disc are two new works for solo piano: Fantasy on a Medieval Theme and Piano Fantasy on “The Ballad of Sweeney Todd”, both of which are influenced by Liszt’s Mephisto Waltz No. 1, which is also included.
“James Adler & Friends,” the eagerly-anticipated CD on PARMA Records’ Ravello Records label…. is a must-have for serious collectors of classical music.” — Bruce-Michael Gelbert, [Q]OnStage, March 2013
It’s a masterful job. My Dad’s Scherzino was just right.” — Severo Ornstein, March 2013
“I think in many ways James Adler represents the consummate Yamaha Artist, a Musician’s Musician.” — Bonnie Barrett, Director of Yamaha Artist Services, April 2013