Press ArticleMainly Piano “Crazy 88” Review
Summer Swee-Singh & the Crazy 88 is the debut album by Southern California pianist/ composer/ keyboardist/ music director/ film scorer/ arranger/ and piano consultant Summer Swee-Singh. To preface this review, I want to mention that when I was in the piano area of NAMM (National Association of Music Merchandisers) last month, I heard some dramatic music coming from the back of the room and had to see who it was. If you’ve ever been to NAMM, you know how noisy it is with so many instruments being played at once, but this music really grabbed my attention. I walked back to hear the music more clearly and was surprised to see a familiar-looking young woman playing the magnificent Shigeru Kawai. I had received a CD for review from Summer Swee-Singh the week before, but had not yet listened to the music. I went closer to read her name-tag while she played. Yep – Summer Swee-Singh. We chatted a bit and then Summer continued to play. Dramatic, passionate, and played with an elegant and masterful touch, I was beyond impressed. Although there is nothing like a live performance, I am equally impressed with her recorded music. Classically-trained from a very young age, Summer’s original music has a strong classical influence, but it also has a timeless quality that comfortably resides in the present. Most of the ten tracks are solo piano, but a few include guest artists on strings, guitar and cajon (a box-shaped percussion instrument). With more awards and credentials than I have room for here, Summer Swee-Singh is an artist poised for stardom, and I can’t wait to see it happen!