Style: Inspirational instrumental piano; compare to John Tesh, Ferrante & Teicher, Jim Brickman

Top tracks: "Carol of the Bellz," "Londonderry Falls" "Ode to Joy"

Jones' latest collection of inspirational piano originals includes duets with Scanlan, the 2011 Miss America, whose show-stopping performance of Jones' unconventional "White Water Chopped Sticks" helped win her the crown. Impressionistic in approach, Jones paints moods of rest ("Rachel's Lullaby"), risk-taking ("Unchartered Waters"), and autumn with the "Moonlight Sonata"-esque undercurrents of "October," as well as derivatives of Americana favorites like "Ode to Joy" and "Londonderry Falls"—Jones' take on "O Danny Boy." Scanlan's programmed-inspo vocal cut ("After All") is incongruent with the rest of the recording, and the songs suffer from sameness. But Jones' performances are professional and heartfelt.

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Dueling Pianos: White Water Chopped Sticks
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Release Date
January 17, 2012
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