All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

200

Cam Newton: Short Films

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
Guitarist/composer Cam Newton has been receiving good press on the basis of his first two releases, while his latest outing titled Short Films, represents the artist’s freshman offering for the Arizona-based “Summit Records” label.

Mr. Newton is a classically trained musician and a – Registered Music Therapist, as this Oregon native boasts an impressive resume, having played with blues legend B.B. King, saxophonist David Sanborn and according to the companion press kit, toured or performed with one of Miles Davis’ aggregations. With this effort, the guitarist pursues an organic touch, atop lilting choruses and eloquently assembled themes!

Newton conveys a lust for life via passionate and primarily upbeat choruses that often bespeak a world beat groove amid peaceable melodies, layered strings and soprano saxophonist Michael Bard’s dream-laden lines along with the intermittent injections of Far Eastern rhythmic structures. Simply put, Newton’s training as a musical therapist is effectively illustrated via his approach to composition. Yes, much of it could be associated with “New Age” or radio friendly fare yet the artist’s often expressive, prismatic aural canvasses translate into ethereal, soothing and moderately energetic motifs. Hence, fans of “Shadowfax”, the “Paul Winter Consort” or perhaps “Oregon” may want to pay special attention to this affable and altogether attractive set.

Summit Records


Track Listing: Spirit of the Pacific Rim, Sea Of Cortez, To fight the good fight, Details at eleven, Ochoco, Across the distance, There was a time, One blue pearl (earth), The mystery of dreams, rubatoland

Personnel: Cam Newton; guitars, voice, percussion: Michael Bard; soprano, midi-sax; percussion: Rob Thomas; violin, electric and acoustic bass: Billy Oskay; viola, violin: Mark Schneider; fretless bass, bass: Israel Annoh; congas, bongos, percussion: Gary Hobbs; timbales: Denny Bixby; electric bass: Larry Bard; tablas, percussion: Roger Hadley; tablas, percussion: Joseph Rowe; tar

Title: Short Films | Year Released: 2001

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
 

The Motive Behind The...

Inner City Records
1979

buy

Related Articles

Read The Gravity Project CD/LP/Track Review
The Gravity Project
by Gareth Thompson
Published: October 23, 2018
Read Experiments on Human Subjects CD/LP/Track Review
Experiments on Human Subjects
by Glenn Astarita
Published: October 23, 2018
Read Street Scene CD/LP/Track Review
Street Scene
by Nicholas F. Mondello
Published: October 23, 2018
Read In Common CD/LP/Track Review
In Common
by Roger Farbey
Published: October 23, 2018
Read Jazz In Detroit / Strata Concert Gallery / 46 Selden CD/LP/Track Review
Jazz In Detroit / Strata Concert Gallery / 46 Selden
by Chris May
Published: October 22, 2018
Read Remember Love CD/LP/Track Review
Remember Love
by Jack Bowers
Published: October 22, 2018
Read "Live at U of T" CD/LP/Track Review Live at U of T
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: December 7, 2017
Read "druidh penumbrae" CD/LP/Track Review druidh penumbrae
by Glenn Astarita
Published: April 17, 2018
Read "Solo" CD/LP/Track Review Solo
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: January 13, 2018
Read "Detour Ahead" CD/LP/Track Review Detour Ahead
by Roger Farbey
Published: July 7, 2018
Read "Vortex" CD/LP/Track Review Vortex
by John Kelman
Published: May 12, 2018
Read "Never Bet The Devil Your Head" CD/LP/Track Review Never Bet The Devil Your Head
by Troy Dostert
Published: April 24, 2018