The pieces in Connections cover a wide range of styles—from swing to Latin and from hard rock to pop ballad. These pieces present many of the same challenges found in more traditional repertoire. Lyrical pieces demand tonal beauty, excellent balance between melody and accompaniment, natural breathing and phrasing, and pedaling finesse. More rhythmically oriented pieces require coordination, a deep-seated sense of pulse, and awareness of stylistic touches and accentuation. All pieces benefit from a strong connection to mood, movement, or image.
The recorded accompaniments created for Connections by professional studio musicians reinforce the styles and double as useful backgrounds for improvising and jamming.