The Angelo Piano Duo's CD, Helen's Song, is dedicated to a very special person and close friend, Helen Wray. She was the soulmate and partner of pianist, George Cables, and is the inspiration for his classic jazz standard, Helen's Song. The Angelo Duo's CD features a unique concert arrangement of Helen's Song for two pianos composed by Bruce Cameron Munson. The CD also includes works by Sergei Rachmaninoff, William Bolcom, Astor Piazzolla, a live recording of Mack Willberg's Fantasy on Themes from Bizet's Carmen for 2 pianos, 8 hands with The Riga Piano Duo.
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Photo: George Cables & Helen Wray
George Cables was classically trained as a youth, and when he started at the "Fame"-worth New York High School of Performing Arts, he admittedly "didn't know anything about jazz." George has since performed and recorded with some of the greatest jazz musicians of his time, including Joe Henderson, Roy Haynes, Max Roach Art Blakey, Sonny Rollins, Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Sarah Vaughn, Tony Williams, Bobby Hutcherson and Dizzy Gillespie. He has emerged as a major voice in modern jazz and is currently performing and recording as a soloist, with his trio, and larger ensembles, and appears as a clinician in college jazz programs. In addition to composing and arranging for his own albums, George Cables has contributed to recordings by any other jazz artists.
Bruce Cameron Munson is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley Music Department and active as a composer and arranger. In 2009, he launched his own music editing and engraving business, Munson Music Services & Consulting. Munson wrote the two-piano concert arrangement of Helen's Song for The Angelo Piano Duo in 2006.