Emerging CD (2002)
"Composing music is like solving a puzzle," says Sam Stryke. "It's an intellectual challenge - obeying the rules and then breaking them in a creative and strategic way." Relying on a combination of heart and intellect, the accomplished pianist taps into a reservoir of formal musical training and resurfaces with modern instrumentals infused with engaging melodies and rich orchestrations.
Atlantic Records released Stryke's first solo album, the warm and melodic "In the Wind," to critical acclaim in 1991. Five years later, he contributed compositions and performed on jazz trumpeter Rex Richardson's "Pandora's Pocket." Stryke's second solo album, 2002's "Emerging," cultivates his organic blend of acoustic and vintage electric instruments, as well as strings and horns.
"Christmas," available in November 2006, is Stryke's third major release. "The songs fit together to create a cozy and sentimental mood from beginning to end," he says. "I'd like listeners to experience a nostalgic and peaceful antidote to the sometimes frenetic pace of the holiday season." Chicago singer-songwriter Alice Peacock is featured in a special vocal performance ...