STYLE: Jazz RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 81091-16817 LABEL: Verity 886974282822 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2009-06-09 RRP: £12.99
Reviewed by Donna Marshall
Albums that are largely instrumental are not always my cup of tea but this one by Christendom's best selling piano player is an exception to that rule. Mr Tankard is so musically talented it is hard to believe this former NBA professional basketball player has never had any formal training with a style which ranges from the relaxed swing of an Oscar Peterson to the Churchy dynamics of a Ramsey Lewis. "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" is an infectious track recorded live at the Tankard place with the audience singing along, cheering and having fun. "No Ordinary Love" is a beautiful cut which includes vocals from Shelly with the singer and Ben putting a whole new spin on the song originally recorded by Sade with a mellow feel that is very pleasing to the ear. "How Great Is Our God" demonstrates Ben's ability to interpret any musical genre here bringing a whole new feel to the Chris Tomlin favourite with ease, playing all instruments featured in the track. Ben is considered to be the best selling gospel jazz artist in the world. On this album you can hear why.
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Gospel music’s premier instrumentalist returns with another stunning collection of songs that is sure to enhance your times of quiet reflection and sweet meditation. Ben Tankard continues to prove why he is a multiple Stellar Award winner and the name that is synonymous with the very best in inspirational instrumentals.
Whether providing atmospheric ambiance for personal or collective prayer time or the musical backdrop for a sophisticated and sanctified dinner party, Tankard’s latest release Mercy, Mercy, Mercy is the soundtrack to the lives of believers. His music effortlessly soothes and serenades its listener, with beautiful instrumentation, infectious melodies and intermittent lyrics that encourage and inspire.
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy is an exceptional body of work and has, once again, raised the bar for inspired instrumental music.