The new album by Grammy-nominated pianist David Lanz and vocalist Kristin Amarie, Silhouettes of Love, marks the duo’s second full-length album collaboration. The first was last year’s Forever Christmas (speaking of which, it’s almost time to break that one out again for the upcoming holiday season). Fans of Lanz’s romantic, lushly melodic piano playing and Amarie’s crystalline vocals will find much to love on the new album. All of its 13 tracks are credited jointly to Lanz and Amarie.
In addition to keys and vocals, Silhouettes features tasteful contributions by a number of accompanying musicians. Violinist Charlie Bisharat (a Grammy winner for his work as part of the new age group Shadowfax) makes a number of key contributions, beginning with the album’s memorable lead-off cut, “The Soaring Heart.” Guitarists on the album include Al Stewart-collaborator and smooth jazz star Peter White, Peruvian session vet Ramón Stagnaro, and Alex Salzman (Grammy-nominated in 2006 for Best Native American Music album for production on Jana Mashonee’s American Indian Story). Additionally, smooth jazz star Gregg Karukas adds some extra keys, while bass is handled by Keith Lowe. Brian Kilgore is on hand for percussion.
The presence of numerous smooth jazz players definitely influences much of Silhouettes, one key example being the silky “Our Illusion.” Other highlights include the haunting “Lady on the Shore,” the instrumental “Amore Eterno (Redux),” and—perhaps Amarie’s finest vocal moment on the album—”Waiting for the Sun.” Overall, Sihouettes of Love is a collection of gorgeous melodies played with care and restraint by a team of outstanding musicians. Visit David Lanz and Kristin Amarie at their official websites.[amazon template=iframe image&asin=B011Z8E7O0]