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“Fasten you seatbelts and observer the no smoking sign. Life In The Balance from pianist/composer Al Daniels will get you flying. It opens with a wonderful jazz statement, JAZZED CATS, one of those feel good tunes that force a grin on your face. Next, LIFE IN THE BALANCE, the title cut, starts with a Manhattan Transfer scat, and then takes you on a blue path. WATERFALL has a heart pumping beat that forces you to play it again before continuing to the next cut...”
“A perfect jazz piano Christmas.... Imagine a cozy night at the most posh Jazz Cabaret and Piano Bar in town.... At Christmas time.... Al Daniels' is a pianist's Pianist,bringing to the Christmas literature timeless continental jazz piano stylings....”
“Most of the sounds radio calls smooth jazz are, in reality, just instrumental pop, so it's refreshing to hear an up-coming artist like Al Daniels who, in the manner of a star like Joe Sample, perfectly balances commercial-pop keyboard sensibilities with a sense of true musical adventure”