Here, There and Everywhere, Anthony Molinaro
Many Beatles tribute discs fail because the vocalists or players aren’t up to the task. But with this piano-based instrumental disc, Chicago’s Anthony Molinaro shatters barriers in refreshing ways. On the opening “Blackbird,” he manages to inject the melody with stride-piano infectiousness. Elsewhere, “The Long and Winding Road” employs complicated chords in the verse where you wouldn’t expect them, along with flowing runs that capture the feeling invoked by the title. Highly recommended.