There Was a Time
This is pianist Kathryn Kaye’s fifth release helmed by producer Will Ackerman and recorded at Ackerman’s Imaginary Road Studios. Like its four predecessors, the album is a warm, engaging collection of piano-based instrumentals (with two solo piano numbers) that emphasize Kaye’s gentle way with the piano. There are no pyrotechnics here (a few choice moments of drama, though), just wonderful music—simple and straightforward, yet beautiful and emotionally resonant. Joining Kaye are the IR Studios’ “usual suspects,” including Eugene Friesen (cello) Jill Haley (English horn), Charlie Bisharat (violin), and Tony Levin (bass), among others. Kaye’s gorgeous cover deserves prominent shelf placement.