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  • Audio CD (20 April 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Emd/Angel
  • ASIN: B00000IL2E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 965,161 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The West Side Story Variations: Prologue
2. The West Side Story Variations: Tonight
3. The West Side Story Variations: I Feel Pretty
4. The West Side Story Variations: Mambo
5. The West Side Story Variations: America: Variation I. In The Style Of Scarlatti - Variation II. Bluesy And Brassy - Variation III. In The Style Of Beethoven
6. The West Side Story Variations: Something's Coming
7. The West Side Story Variations: One Hand, One Heart - Maria
8. The West Side Story Variations: Rumble
9. The West Side Story Variations: Epilogue
10. The West Side Story Variations: Finale

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Format: Audio CD
John Bayless was a friend and protege of Leonard Bernstein and no one is better equipped to provide this fresh, imaginative rendering of one of the most popular musical scores ever.
His fingers positively fly across the keyboard and bring the music to life once more.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Brilliant improvisation 2 Jan. 2001
By Gilly Bean - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have always loved "West Side Story" and have a few albums of different versions as well as the original soundtrack. John Bayless has done something completely amazing on this album. His improvisations are nothing short of genius as he has reworked the show, by placing some numbers out of the show's original sequence, joined two numbers together ("One hand, One Heart/Maria"), created an entirely new number that was not part of the original show (Meditation"), and eliminated one number altogether ("Gee, Officer Krupke"). Sometime's the song's theme is only briefly stated, and when it is, it has been shortened, elongated or otherwise transformed. Throughout the album there are echoes of Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, Strauss and Mahler. In fact, Mahler's "Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen" from the Ruckert Lieder is quoted at the very end. This is a wonderful album, full of suprises...every listen brings something new.
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More Bayless Magic And It's Wonderful! 12 Nov. 2000
By Beth Ringsmuth - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
John Bayless is phenomenal, as usual. "West Side Story" is quite possibly my favorite musical/operetta, and hearing the piano versions given that magical "Bayless Touch" is sometimes breathtaking. John has a true sense of the "classic" classical music, but also of showtunes and of jazz, so each piece is played in a loose, creative way.
The entire album is my favorite, but I particularily love listening to John's versions of "America" (in the style of Scarlatti, then Bluesy and Brassy, and lastly, in the style of Beethoven), in which the original theme of the song is kept, but given three amazing treatments. Fantastic! Also, "I Feel Pretty" is given special meaning when played by a male Texan! This is probably the only version of "I Feel Pretty" I can handle listening to on repeat, as most singers don't do it justice.
John is truly a master of "completely inhabiting" a piece in a different style than originally intended. This album is a perfect example of this talent of Bayless'. Buy this one for any piano or musical fan, and then get another one for yourself!
Some of his others albums are better 18 Feb. 2013
By gary - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The West Side Story music did not work as well as the Beatles music. I would not recommend it. Try his Beatles music
love and music come together 1 Nov. 2014
By barbara m. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
you can feel the personal relationship John had with Leonard Bernstein. it is a wonderful album done with care and love.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Give Bayless a try 6 Jun. 2011
By Carol Stavlo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
What a performer. And I know him personally! You will love Johnny's style at the piano. Great listening.
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