Fingerstyle Guitar Solos of Classic Henry Mancini Melodies
by Mark Hanson, Doug Smith, Laurence Juber, Ed Gerhard and Pat Donohue
Pink Guitar was awarded the Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Album at the 47th Annual Grammy Awards on February 13, 2005 in Los Angeles. Congratulations to producer James Jensen, and to the 12 guitarists who contributed to the album.
- Mark Hanson
Mark Hanson has contributed two arrangements to this great new tribute CD of Henry Mancini tunes for fingerstyle guitar. Other great players who contributed arrangements include Laurence Juber (a stunning version of "Pink Panther"), Pat Donohue (a fingerbusting "Peter Gunn"), Ed Gerhard ("Moon River"), Al Petteway ("Thornbirds Theme"), and Doug Smith ("It's Easy to Say" from "10"). Mark's solo is "The Sweetheart Tree" from the movie "The Great Race."
The tunes range from Juber's and Donohue's high energy arrangements to Gerhard's beautifully sweet "Moon River" and Wayne Johnson's jazzy "Dear Heart." Doug and Mark's scintillating duet arrangement of "A Shot in the Dark" finishes the CD. A tablature book of the arrangements with an instructional CD is also available here on our web site.
Track Listing: Pink Panther Theme (Laurence Juber); Moon River (Ed Gerhard); Days of Wine and Roses (David Cullen); It's Easy to Say (Doug Smith); Peter Gunn (Pat Donohue); The Thornbirds Theme (Al Petteway); The Sweetheart Tree (Mark Hanson); What's Happening (Mike Dowling); Charade (Aaron Stang); Dear Heart (Wayne Johnson); Baby Elephant Walk (William Coulter); Two for the Road (Amrit Sond); A Shot in the Dark (Hanson & Smith)
I just got the Pink Guitar CD yesterday
in the mail, and in the afternoon watched Laurence Juber play 'The
Pink Panther Theme' in concert. What a cool arrangement. And the rest
of the tunes on the CD are played with the beauty and quirkiness they
deserve. Ed Gerhard's arrangement of 'Moon River' will bring Andy Williams
back into your consciousness as will Wayne Johnson's 'Dear Heart.'
Pat Donohue plays 'Peter Gunn' like we all wanted to when we started
on that bass line but never got any further. I'll need to learn these
and Bill Coulter's 'Baby Elephant Walk' and Aaron Stang's 'Charade'
and.....well all the rest. All the tunes are great and played wonderfully
by all the performers. I'd vote for a Grammy for it. This CD may throw
me out of the Beatle tune phase into the Mancini tune phase. Congratulations!
Paying tribute to one
of the great composers of the 20th Century - the legendary Henry
Mancini, PINK GUITAR features an assortment of some of his signature
pieces presentd as acoustic guitar interpretations. Listening to
this album you are struck by how strong (and memorable) Mancini's
compositions are...even with zero background accompaniment, the melodies
are just as powerful as they would be if they were performaed with
a full orchestra. The album also shows how diverse Mancini's repetoire
is. "Moon River" (stunningly
performed by Ed Gerhard) captures the very meaning of romance, while "Pink
Panther Theme" and "Baby Elephant Walk" show a more
playful , mischievous side to his composing style. Artists featured
include Laurence Juber, Al Petteway, David Cullen, William Coulter