Recorded while at sea on Cunard's legendary QEII Cruise Liner, Jon's magical luxurious touch creates the perfect mood for those searching for the elusive "golden age" of the sophisticated cocktail hour.
From Hoagy Carmichael's "Star Dust" and "Skylark" - through Jonny Mercer's "Autumn Leaves" and Eroll Garner's immortal "Play Misty for Me" tribute - the distilled spirit of music's magical era is elegantly re-lived on the black and white keys of a 1920's Chappell 7' Grand Piano originally built for (and played) on the Queen Mary.
As Jon's inimitable "Velvet Piano" touch wafts you from "Margarita" to "Gin Sling" - his richly detailed and sumptuosly arranged versions of 14 romantic "Cocktail Classics" takes you to a place where satin-gowned bejewelled ladies and starch-fronted, tail-suited gentlemen carry on the serious business of utter indulgence while steaming aimlessly and languidly on the world's exciting and exotic oceans.
Hugh Caswell, President; Azurre Records. www.jonengland.com