A Place Without Noise Import
An affecting pianist-composer long deserving of broader recognition, Wayne Gratz continues to specialize in stately, reflective expressions of the soul. His are earnest yet understated works that will speak eloquently to listeners who favor the impressionistic reveries of early Windham Hill and Narada recordings. Not as complex as Liz Story (though he's willing to venture into minor keys) and less pop-conscious than Jim Brickman, Gratz could be fairly described musically as a distant cousin of George Winston. Both find inspiration in nature, and both can silence a room with the wordless acumen of their searching, emotionally rich compositions. Gratz exhibits a slightly stronger romantic streak, here yielding several standout tracks: "Birds in Flight," "Center," "Willows," "Any Color but Blue," and "Whisper to Me"--all solo piano works with occasional faint accompaniment from synthesizer and cello. As on past recordings, Gratz sometimes tends to let pieces stall or simply peter out rather than reach a resolution ("Clouds," "Dreams"), but this is a tolerable flaw. A Place Without Noise is, as the title suggests, a solid choice to augment your quiet moments. --Terry Wood
His phrasing and dynamics are very emotionally evocative....pensive and a masterful use of the silent spaces as well.
He has a very tasteful use of Synth wash and soft violins and even some oboe as accompaniment. In my opinion, that's preferable to completely solo piano pieces.
After exhaustive research on his discography, I believe there are four releases that stand out above all the rest...
"Blue Ridge" (best),"A Place Without Noise", "Reminisce" and "A Gift Of The Sea".