About My Music

To listen to samples of my songs, or order any of my CDs or download MP3s, please click the albums below. The links will take you to www.CDbaby.com, which sells my material. I am also on iTunes, if you want to download me there. Thanks for your support!

Unraveled albumUNRAVELED
Released in 2013, this project features the Manuel Luz Trio (ML3) with Chad Jackson on drums and Matt Sawhill on basses.  I think it might be our best sounding album yet, showcasing songs that have been mulling around my head for the past three years.  There are definitely some nods to my influences, from Mayer and Hornsby to Miles and Sting.  I would say it is  not unsimilar to a Jamie Cullum, interpreting a variety of different styles in a piano-driven style through a trio format.

And I think that’s where this album is different than my other three solo efforts, in that it really features the musical ideas and performances of the entire Trio.  I also had a little help from my friends—a little classical guitar from Bob Kilpatrick, a little rock’n’roll from Kent Peterson, a little blues from Steven Randal, some jazz sax from Kim Peterson, and a heavy dose of banging from ML3 alum, Steve Liberti.  And of course, I’ve managed to throw in not a few piano solos in the process.

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Released in 2007.  This album is an introspective look at the “middle” of my life, that place between the road that stretches behind us and the uncertain future that unfolds before us. Musically, I would describe this album as piano-driven and jazz-influenced, with more than a touch of old school funk (check out the title cut and my cover of “Take Me To The River”). Lyrically, I examine the life half-lived, and the questions that come from that place. I’ve had a lot of positive feedback from this album, which has a more developed fun ethic than my previous projects. I hope you like it.

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The follow-up album to A Bridge Called Surrender, this album delves deeper into the musical and spiritual journey. Musically, the songs were intended to be both simple and complex, with unobvious melodies and chord changes—piano driven, jazz-tinged adult contemporary. Lyrically, I was influenced by my experiences while living in Vancouver, Canada. From the liner notes: “They say every person has a story. I believe every person is a story. And in these last few years, I have become more aware of the Writer of my story, the Author of Days.”

bridgealbumshad.jpg A BRIDGE CALLED SURRENDER
“Life is a journey, with peaks and valleys, narrow roads and dusty paths, and never a clear view of what lies beyond the bend. In a very real way, this album is a collection of conversations I have had with God as He gently moved me forward on that road toward a bridge called surrender.” This CD has a piano-driven, organic sound that hints slightly of my influences of Bruce Hornsby, Sting, and Steely Dan. A heart-led acoustic foray themed around the author’s spiritual journey.

A musical departure from my other releases, this album was an experiment: Set up a few mics above the Yamaha grand piano in my living room, and hit the record button during some musical devotional times over the course of a few weeks. The result was this album, a completely improvised instrumental CD created during some intimate moments of prayer and reflection. I originally intended as a simple Christmas gift to select friends, but I have seen the ministry potential of this work—in hospice care situations, devotional quiet times, even funerals. I think there’s a meditative, peaceful quality to the album that speaks to people. A special CD-R release.