P>I barely know how to characterize the music on this album. A notch above Kenny G? Music to soothe and stroke while in a dentist's chair? Music to coax a cobra out of its wicker basket? Other? Don't misunderstand me. This music, all originals, can be pretty and melodic. There's even something close to Miles Davis' trumpet by Jeff Beal on "Arabesque". But for the most part, I found most of the CD cloying and eventually boring and depressing. Riddled with the synthetic sound strings created by synthesizers along with other electronic gimmicks, mixed with the smooth, unimaginative Steve Tavaglione tenor and soprano sax, should put this CD at number one on the smooth jazz and or new age hit list. As smooth jazz, it is seamless, hardly causing a ripple in the rhythmic stream from one track to another. This is music for those who like their "jazz" spoon fed without having to think much about what they're hearing. No doubt, this music is cleverly presented. There are all sorts of electronic and musical tricks used to create sound sensations, thunder, creaky, squeaky doors and other extraneous sound effects. All this album lacks is poetry by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Alan Ginsberg or Gary Snyder.
For those who enjoy the smooth, eerie, uninteresting approach to jazz music, this album is essential. For me, I'll pass thank you.
Tracks:Mirrors; Arabesque; Home from 17; Eclipsis; Lament; Threw Me for a Loop; Love; She Never Has a Window; Actor's Alley; Silent Singing; One
Personnel: Steve Tavaglione - Tenor and Soprano Sax/Akai E.W.I. Synthesizer/Clarinet/Flute; Jeff Beal - Trumpet; Flugelhorn/Piano/Synthesizer/Drum Programming; Peter Maunu - Guitar/Electric Piano; Dave Carpenter - Bass; Gary Novak - Drums; Patrick Leonard - Piano/Synthesizer; Brian MacLeod, Alex Acu
I met Erroll Garner at The Theatrical Grill in Cleveland a few hours before our family was to see him on stage at Severance Hall. That was 45 years ago and I was only 15! I spotted him nearby in a booth wearing a beautiful tux with a great white napkin draped over him! I was a little nervous as I approached him (he was eating shrimp cocktail) and said, Mr
I met Erroll Garner at The Theatrical Grill in Cleveland a few hours before our family was to see him on stage at Severance Hall. That was 45 years ago and I was only 15! I spotted him nearby in a booth wearing a beautiful tux with a great white napkin draped over him! I was a little nervous as I approached him (he was eating shrimp cocktail) and said, Mr. Garner, I love playing the piano... is there any advice you could give me?'' He hesitated, then looked back at me and said, Keep playin' and don't stop!'' That was great advice because at 60 years old, I'm still playin' and haven't stopped!