Highly recommended. This is one of the very best recordings of this magnificent music. The recorded sound is warm and close up, details are clearly heard. The performance reflects love and respect for the music. The Gewandhaus folks play magnificently and Neumann choses good tempos, not too fast or too slow. The feelings of joyfulness and pride are evident at every turn.
Saxophonist Donny McCaslin brought a fresh perspective to the acoustic-electronic jazz soundscape with 2012's Casting for Gravity (Greenleaf Music) which earned a Grammy nomination for "Best Instrumental Jazz Solo" for the track "Stadium Jazz." Thankfully it was not a one-off as McCaslin reassembles the tightly knit band and savvy production from saxophonist David Binney in Fast Future, a release that continues the groove factor.
The tour edition of German singer/songwriter Annett Louisan's third studio album, Das Optimale Leben, includes the original 15 tracks, plus three new unreleased songs, "Die Ehrliche Haut," "Der Kleine Unterschied," and "Wenn Du Dich Traust," a duet with Laith Al-Deen.
UZEB were a band from Quebec, formed in 1976 in Drummondville. They moved to Montreal and through most part of their career they worked as a guitar/bass/drums trio with the occasional addition of a keyboard player.''Fast emotion'', released in 1983,shows a band, who wants to offer straight and pleasant jazz/fusion rock.The album is dominated by the groovy bass lines of Alain Caron, the extended guitar solos and the heavy use of synth guitar by Michel Cusson and the somewhat supported role of drummer Paul Brochu.
Classical Rock Saga Project. This album includes 10 tracks that use the work of a variety of well-known composers for source material, including Grieg, Prokofiev, Liszt, Verdi, Debussy… The album should appeal to listeners who like classical music, new age and also a strong rock beat.
Spyro Gyra's first album for MCA after their longtime label, GRP-Crescendo, was absorbed into its corporate parent, 1990's Fast Forward carries the curious band subtitle "featuring Jay Beckenstein." Saxophonist Beckenstein has certainly always been the band's leader, writing a good chunk of the material and producing the albums, but given that the lineup is basically unchanged from the previous few Spyro Gyra albums, the new nomenclature is puzzling. It also goes against Spyro Gyra's entire musical aesthetic, as the group's unabashedly commercial and melodic style works against the traditional jazz concept of soloists and sidemen.