Fortner, a New Orleans native, showcases his talent for composing and playing memorable melodies. On Aria, Fortner leads the ensemble in a warm and remarkable debut for his solo career.
As far as the covers go, "I Mean You" and "You Are Special" are definently at the top of the list. With the intricate rhythms and melodies, you can't help but to love them. "Aria" and "Expansions" are inspired by Fortner's exploration in Baroque classical piano/jazz feel to them with a modern twist. With Fortner's talent and young age, he has a bright future ahead of him.