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Saxman Greg Vail’s newest offering The Gospel Truth is, as its title suggests, rich with the influence of church music, while occasionally sporting funky soulfulness in varying degrees. The opener finds Vail’s saxophones in R&B mode, framed by a gospel choir. Vail’s rich tenor recalls Gato Barbieri on the Coster/Santana tune “Europa,” expressing all of the tune’s inherent soulful grandeur.
The remainder of the program is performed only by Vail on saxophones and Rob Mullins on keyboards and programming. Seven of the ten tunes, most with obvious religious connotations in their titles, were composed by Rich Muchow, and in Vail’s and Mullins’ hands, they come across as simple yet eloquent, reflective, contemporary Christian fare. “Healing Grace” finds Vail’s flute in a pastoral setting. This CD will probably appeal more to fans of contemporary Christian music who want to add some light, reflective instrumental music to their collection rather than to jazz lovers.
Track Listing: People All Over the World; Healing Grace; Europa; Good and Worthy; Don
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com