Classical musicians have a hard time mixing genres. Some would rather be caught dead than condescend to play anything not officially certified as “serious” music. So it was a real pleasure to listen to seventeen selections of music ranging from a Carlos Gardel tango to an Edith Piaf evergreen to a Stephen Sondheim show tune to a Cole Porter Great American Song Book classic to a bit of Fritz Kreisler beautifully played by violinist Elena Urioste and pianist-composer Tom Poster in their The Juke Box Album collection for Orchid Classics.

The two artists, like so many others, felt trapped by the lockdown that began in March of 2020. They set out to creatively avoid depression and musical inertia by recording one tune on video for each day of what they hoped would be a short period of time. They made 88 videos – one for each key on a piano. This album captures some of the duo’s favorite pieces as a celebration of the healing power that music can provide.

In all, they made 88 videos – one for each key on a piano. This album replicates in cleanly engineered sound ome of the variety of the original videos, featuring music by among others, Clarice Assad, Lili Boulanger, Cécile Chaminade, Gabriel Fauré, Carlos Gardel, Jerome Kern, Fritz Kreisler, Jessie Montgomery, Cole Porter, Manning Sherwin, Mark Simpson, and Stephen Sondheim, many in excellent arrangements by Tom Poster, proving that Elena Urioste and Tom Poster have no hang-ups about mixing things up.

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