Christopher Gross Ensemble: Hit the Mark
The arrangements and performances are neat and tidy, and that's the only problem with this CD. It never really catches fire and cuts loose. Everyone stays safe and plays it close to the chart, especially the bass and drums. Passion is sacrificed for cleanliness. It takes experience in the studio to create a spirited, lively sound when the pressure's on to lay down clean, perfect tracks with no mistakes. "Eagle's Peak" is darn near sterile. On the bandstand, with a live edge and more player interaction, this band probably cooks much more than is evidenced here.
Tracks: Hit the Mark; Ryan; Means End; Funky Monkey; It Goes On; Audrey; Rita; Eagles Peak; Resolution. (61:54)
Christopher Gross - guitar and electric guitar; Christopher Welch - piano and keyboards; Jeffrey Sick - violin and electric 6-string violin; David Pascal - electric 5 and 6-string bass; Christopher Monroe - drums and percussion; Greg Fulton - additional electric guitar.
Style: Fusion/Progressive Rock