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Peggy Duquesnel – In The Garden

INTheGardenAfter teaming to write an award-winning original score for a web series, pianist-composer-arranger Peggy Duquesnel reunites with orchestrater and woodwind man Billy Martin for a newly released outing that explores the spiritual side of her creative muse entitled In The Garden. Containing over an hour of tranquil piano and woodwind selections issued on the Joyspring Music label featuring originals penned by Duquesnel along with classics and traditional hymns, the recording also includes a pair of long-revered hymns from the late pianist and Piano Orchestrations brand creator Steve Hall, whose 25-year-old, two-million-selling Bankbeat Productions imprint recently came under the Joyspring Music umbrella.

Continuing her varied recording career that spans a dozen instrumental and vocal jazz and devotional albums, “In The Garden” is a soothing session featuring Duquesnel’s lyrical piano poetry and enhanced by Martin’s woodwinds. The pianist wrote nearly half of the record and conceived of fresh arrangements for the timeless hymns with the lion’s share of the lush orchestrations deftly handled by Martin. Setting the mood for reflection, Duquesnel’s spacious production allows her poignant, uplifting and communicative piano melodies to occupy the fore while sweeping orchestral woodwind backdrops underscore the exquisite orations.

A companion “In The Garden” DVD is also now available, pairing the album’s tracks with stunning nature videos that are currently in rotation at the recently launched Radiant TV network. Lensed by Creation Scape’s Gary Hanson in high definition, the cinematic images marry the music to the divine splendor of colorful carpets of floral fauna, majestic mountain ranges, placid streams and babbling brooks, verdant rainforests and oceanfront vistas. Continue reading

Peggy Duquesnel – All I Ask For Christmas

The closer Christmas approaches, the more appear every year new Christmas albums. Even the least jazz musicians can escape this influence. Peggy Dusquesnel‘s double CDs are still one of the better specimens of the genre.

An instrumental and a vocal album allow us choosing our personal taste. In addition to classic hymns she also offers us her own compositions on both CDs. Peggy is supported by Jay Leech (guitar), Brian Kilgore (percussion) and Andre Mayeux (string orchestrations).

The instrumental album starts with Little Drummer Boy, Harry Simeone’s popular Christmas song. While Peggy plays with the right hand the classic theme, she adds with the left hand a jazzy addition before the introduction meanders into a free improvisational part.

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Peggy Duquesnel – All I Ask for Christmas

AllIAskForChristmasThere is always a bit of an uproar when Santa and the elves debate over music preferences while toiling away in their North Pole workshop preparing for the big night. Some prefer swinging to straight-ahead jazz instrumentals while others prefer contemporary vocal numbers. Multidimensional pianist and vocalist Peggy Duquesnel’s “All I Ask for Christmas” is certain to satisfy everyone with her generous 21-song collection that will be released November 5th by Joyspring Music. Duquesnel produced the two-CD set – one acoustic jazz instrumental disc and one vocal disc – offering fresh arrangements of seasonal standards along with four new songs that she composed and recorded as both instrumental and vocal selections. The entire album will be serviced to jazz radio stations while smooth jazz outlets will be gifted with the single, “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” featuring genre star Rick Braun’s regal flugelhorn.

Duquesnel is having a prolific year. In April, she released “Seems Like I Know You,” a five-song EP that she produced with noted contemporary jazz musicians Jeff Lorber and Jimmy Haslip (Yellowjackets) on which she exercised her fitness as an adult contemporary singer-songwriter while engaging her light jazz muscles. The instrumental portion of “All I Ask for Christmas” is a return to the classically-trained pianist’s roots in straight-ahead jazz presented with elements of adult pop, contemporary jazz and inspirational material on this, her seventh full-length outing.

Backed by a crackling quartet – Grammy-nominated bassist Brian Bromberg on upright, drummer Joe La Barbera (Bill Evans, Tony Bennett, Bill Cunliffe), percussionist Brian Kilgore (Barbra Streisand, John Williams, Elton John, Coldplay, Aerosmith) and guitarist Jay Leach (“American Idol,” Barry Manilow, Gladys Knight) – Duquesnel’s arrangements are influenced by storied artists from yesteryear (George & Ira Gershwin, Horace Silver, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra) along with a dose of contemporary acoustic jazz (Dave Grusin, Bob James, Miles Davis). Continue reading

Peggy Duquesnel – Seems Like I Know You

Pianist and singer Peggy Duquesnel is since more than 25 years an active musician. She has released eight jazz, pop and inspirational CDs as a featured artist. Although at home with straight ahead jazz, she had always an affinity for pop music.

When crossing over between jazz and pop smooth jazz comes into play. This is especially true when music stars have contributed to the recording as trumpet player Rick Braun, keyboard wizard Jeff Lorber and bass wonder Jimmy Haslip.

From the instrumental point of view, this EP offers an exquisite music of the finest quality. Melodies and arrangements are convincing in every respect. Peggy merges pop and jazz on the starting title song, which is destined as first single for radio broadcasting. From the more vocal position Peggy is at home in the solid pop music.

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