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Mark Pinkus: an overlooked Montreal talent
There’s so much talent in this city of ours that sometimes we lose sight of the fact that it’s not all concentrated in just one or two musical forms. Mark Pinkus is a good example of someone who doesn’t get a lot of press, but he has just released his sixth album (Touching, an independent release available at www.markpinkus.com). Think George Winston. Solo piano tone poems, perfect for the upcoming winter months when you’re snuggled by a fire, sipping Sancerre and watching the wind swirl snow over the drifts in the yard. Pinkus tends toward the sombre a bit too much on this latest disc, but he does it well (although he should steer clear of clichéd endings like that on A Moment to Rest) and can certainly compete aesthetically with anyone on the Windham Hill roster. Yet another Montrealer creating world-class music in his chosen idiom. Well done.
by Mark Tremblay, The Gazette