When “Path of Romance” was first released by acoustic guitarist Patrick Ki, it immediately struck a chord with audiences and quickly became one of the best selling CD’s by this creator of smooth instrumental music. With its appealing blend of timeless jazz standards, classic movie soundtracks and chart topping modern hits, “Path of Romance” continues to stand out as one of Patrick’s most popular albums.
In many ways, “Path” is an excellent representation of the outstanding qualities that listeners have come to expect in a recording by this gifted performer and composer. Featuring a striking combination of warm acoustic guitar tones set against a lush orchestral-like backdrop, “Path” was Patrick’s first CD to incorporate cutting-edge digital recording technology. It set a new standard in terms of sound quality and production, a trend toward innovation through current technology that has continued in all of Patrick’s subsequent albums.
The ability to select a perfect mixture of songs that flow together to create a soothing yet uplifting ambience has always come naturally for Patrick, a rare talent which shines beautifully throughout the “Path” CD. The inclusion of proven favorites like “Blue Moon” and “As Time Goes By”, along with more recent blockbusters such as “Because You Loved Me” and “The Wind Beneath My Wings” has resulted in a widely appealing collection that also reflects Patrick’s versatility. With two formal music degrees in jazz and classical guitar, this unique artist is able to walk comfortably in diverse musical worlds. Always worth mentioning is the fact that Patrick also grew up in Hawaii, which accounts for the gentle melodic influence of the Hawaiian slack-key guitar which subtlety pervades all of the fine work heard on this release.
Upon first glance, this intriguing collection of stylish favorites immediately catches the eye, yet it also manages to actually follow through and deliver a surprisingly delightful display of exquisite guitar playing.
The “Path of Romance” turns out to be a scenic road definitely worth taking!