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Back in the studio after a self-imposed hiatus, Jon Lucien continues to capture the romantic feeling of love on this 1997 release. This most recent hiatus was due to the loss of his daughter, Dalila Lucien, who perished on the ill-fated TWA Flight 800 in July of 1996. His depression also caused him to lose sight in one eye.
Lucein includes songs from previous releases as well as the rerendering of two compositions, "Rashida" and "Endless Is Love." Lucien does an excellent job covering "The Look of Love" and "Sailing;" you'd swear, listening to the latter, that if you closed your eyes you'd drift straight off to the Carribean Islands.
This set also includes five new compositions. The title track, "Endless is Love" is vintage Lucien with deep emotional coloring. "Sweet Promises" has an upbeat and infectious tempo. Jon Lucien's music comes into your heart, into your soul and provides you sweet control.
The Look of Love (5:25) Rashida (6:55) This Could Be Paradise (5:24) Endless Is Love (4:08) My Special Friend (4:22) Sailing (5:32) Sweet Promises (5:49) Bolero (4:26) Moonchild (4:43) Frances(4:50)
Jon Lucien - Vocals Dave Mann - Alto Sax, Soprano Sax Chuck Loeb - Guitar, Strings Greg Radford - Acoustic Piano Cliff Korman - Electric Piano John Lee - Bass, Keyboards, Programming Dan Carillo - Electric Guitar Bill O'Connel - Piano Kim Plainfield - Drums Cascadu - Percussion Andy Snitzer - Soprano Sax Lionel Cordew - Tom Tom Fills, Cymbals Myra Caseles - Percussion Will Lee - Bass Tim Ouimette - Trumpet Greg Jones - Bass George Wadenius - Guitar Richard Bona - Bass Danny McCaslin - Tenor Sax Luis Bonila - Trombone Myra Casales, Miriam Valle and Gabriela Anders - Background Vocals
I was first exposed to jazz as a middle school band student. A college ensemble passed through and put on a concert for the band students (of which I was one). The level of mastery and musicianship blew me away, intimidated, and inspired me
I was first exposed to jazz as a middle school band student. A college ensemble passed through and put on a concert for the band students (of which I was one). The level of mastery and musicianship blew me away, intimidated, and inspired me. Try as I might, I was never able to achieve a high enough level of competency to perform at the level I was first and subsequently exposed to. Regardless, I was hooked on jazz and remain so to this day.