Platinum-selling gospel jazz pianist, bestselling author, reality TV star, and pastor, Ben Tankard on Friday independently released his latest instrumental album, RISE! Having released gospel jazz music for nearly three decades, Tankard promises some of his best work yet on RISE!
“I am super excited about this record because I was able to instrumentally remake three time-honored classics that have been true to my heart for years,” says Tankard.
Those classics include the 1980’s cult classic instrumental song, “Rise,” by nine-time Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Herb Alpert. Tankard’s remake of “Rise” features saxophonist Marion Meadows and is the first smooth jazz single from the album and is already making waves as Most Added on the Smooth Jazz Chart.
Other classic songs on the album include William Murphy’s gospel hit “It’s Working,” here featuring Kirk Whalum, as well as a favorite by the legendary Williams Brothers, “Still Here,” which marks Tankard’s first recording of a quartet song.
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