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Keyboard wizard Rick Wakeman, famous for his hugely successful rock career across the years, most notably with leading bands Yes and The Strawbs and for his sought-after collaborations with top artists of the day such as David Bowie, Cat Stevens and Black Sabbath, is proud to present here his debut album for Sony Classical: ‘Piano Odyssey'.
With all tracks personally chosen, crafted, orchestrated and arranged by Wakeman himself, this eagerly-anticipated album follows him on a very special journey across the whole span of his glittering career and celebrates key moments along the way. Fans will join Wakeman on this deeply personal voyage, encountering arrangements of familiar and favourite works by such diversity as Queen, Yes, Liszt, Handel and David Bowie as well as repertoire from ‘The Six Wives of Henry VIII' and new solo compositions, all performed on the legendary Granary Steinway Model D grand piano.
Rick Wakeman and Justin Swadling join forces on upcoming single; 'Into the Light' / The List
The List - Bang Showbiz writes....Rick Wakeman and jazz star Justin Swadling have announced the release of their upcoming single, 'Into the Light.' The Prog Rock legend and Saxophone player/composer's genre-bending track "brings together Swadling's already mighty talent to create an outstanding record with the soloistic talents of a true Brit." Penned amid the COVID-19 pandemic, '...
'The Naked Scientists' asks Rick Wakeman whether Beethoven would have used a Moog
The Naked Scientists asked legendary keyboardist Rick Wakeman whether Beethoven would have used a Moog... Beethoven was a pioneer in his use of instrumentation, bringing new repertoires to the grand piano. So Chris Smith asked legendary keyboardist and member of Yes, Rick Wakeman - also a musical pioneer himself on the synthesiser - whether he's a Beethoven fan... Rick - Yes, I am a huge...
Rick Wakeman and his English Rock Ensemble pump new life into the 70's prog rock ethos / SOMETHING ELSE!
When discussing the philosophical importance of "The Rhodora," Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, "On Being Asked, Whence Is the Flower?" – which loosely translates into "Where the hell did this come from?" Well, big unexpected news from the prog front: Rick Wakeman and his English Rock Ensemble have pumped new life into the progressive rock ethos of the mid '70s. Yeah, Lazarus sort of comes back from ...
Nearly half of Rick Wakeman's dad's income went to paying for his piano lessons / Ultimate-Guitar.Com
"I do look up every night and go, 'Thanks, dad'," the keyboardist says. During a recent radio interview, classic Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman discussed his relationship with the piano, going all the way back to the early '50s and his first contact with the instrument. When the interviewer asked, "Is your piano your friend when you sit down?", Rick replied "Yeah, it is my friend. It was th...
Rick Wakeman, set to bring 'Grumpy Old Rock Star Tour' to Miller Symphony Hall, Q&A's with THE MORNING CALL
Keyboardist Rick Wakeman is best known in the United States for his half-dozen stints over 30 years in the seminal progressive rock band Yes - appearing on the group's double-platinum 1971 disc "Fragile," with its defining single "Roundabout"; on its highest-charting U.S. album, 1972's "Close to the Edge"; and 1978's platinum "Tormato." He even was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall o...
Rick Wakeman brings 'Piano Odyssey Tour' to the White Rock Theatre / Hastings Observer
Renowned keyboardist Rick Wakeman visits Hastings' White Rock Theatre on Sunday, July 21, with his Piano Odyssey Tour. The songwriter, producer and radio presenter is best known for his work in the prog rock band Yes, but has also had a highly successful solo career. This Hastings gig forms part of the second half of Rick's current tour. A spokesperson said: "Upon the release of his Piano Portraits a...
MainlyPiano is enthralled by Rick Wakeman's Piano Odyssey
I really love it when an artist who was known as a hard rocker for several decades turns the tables a bit and shows was an amazing musician he or she is. I thoroughly enjoyed last year's Piano by ABBA co-founder Benny Andersson and find myself enthralled by Rick Wakeman's Piano Odyssey. Probably best-known for his work with the band Yes, Wakeman's 1973 solo release, The Six Wives of Henry VIII, was one o...
For this holiday season, 'Shatner Claus' features a jingle jam with Rick Wakeman, Todd Rundgren and Ian Anderson / CityNews1130
When it comes to talking about his new album, William Shatner is like a kid on Christmas morning. "I'm scared, I'm frightened, by how good I think the album is," says the 87-year-old TV icon. The new Christmas CD, "Shatner Claus," features mainly holiday standards such as "Jingle Bells," "Little Drummer Boy" and "White Christmas." Shatner gets festive with a jingle jam session with keyboardist Rick Wakem...
Rick Wakeman's Piano Odyssey is exceptional, innovative and exciting / Staccatofy
Rick Wakeman is a master mind keyboardist that has enjoyed a successful rock career over the years, most notably with leading bands Yes and The Strawbs and for his sought-after collaborations with top artists of the day such as David Bowie, Cat Stevens and Black Sabbath. Wakeman is now turning his diverse talents to the classical world and is proud to present his debut album for Sony Classical titled, Pi...