Wayne Gratz is one of the more unheralded solo pianists of the past decade, having quietly released more than 10 albums for Narada since 1989.

Wayne Gratz is one of the more unheralded solo pianists of the past decade, having quietly released more than 10 albums for Narada since 1989. And while there's nothing groundbreaking on his latest, A Place Without Noise, the 14 tracks here will certainly appeal to fans of George Winston or Gratz's one-time labelmates, David Lanz and Michael Gettel. Like Winston, Gratz's music is dominated by nature imagery, from such simple and restrained numbers as "Change of Season" and "Still Pond" to less conventional fare such as "Rain Is Falling." If anything, Gratz seems content to write in largely the same key, which fails to distinguish a few otherwise pretty compositions. But with the veterans of the solo piano genre releasing less and less new music, A Place Without Noise serves as a pleasant diversion from the clamor of daily life.—JC

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