“Stepping Stones,” Bill Douglas’ twelfth recording on the Hearts of Space label is probably his most personal and intimate yet. The set is comprised completely of solo piano pieces and explores a wide range of tempos of beautifully written originals along with an interpretation of two of Douglas’ favorite Beatles’ songs: “Fool on the Hill” and “Julia.”
This collection features intimate, solo piano arrangements of some of Bill’s most beloved compositions, such as “Elegy”, “In Lovely Blue”, “Karuna” and “Leap!”. It also includes new pieces, most notably the lush, textural “Home”, and “Prelude”, a beautiful and poignant, classically-influenced gem. Not to be missed is Bill’s gorgeous arrangement of a medley of two Beatles tunes, “Fool on the Hill” and “Julia”.
Bill Douglas is an internationally acclaimed musician whose fans span all generations and musical tastes. His compositions have been played by major orchestras such as the Pittsburgh Symphony, The London Symphony and the Tokyo Philharmonic. In 1994, SOCAN (Canadian equivalent of BMI or ASCAP) presented him with their classical composer of the year award. As a jazz pianist, Bill has toured and recorded with vibraphonist Gary Burton and bassist Eddie Gomez.