Readers of Denis Poole’s Secret Garden, will know it’s the place to go for a British perspective on all that’s good, and not so good, in the world of smooth jazz and classic soul. In order to bring you more of the news more of the time this latest Secret Garden Snippet delivers another current sound bite from the adult contemporary scene. This time its news of the recent release from the Santa Rosa CA based keyboard player Michael Brandeburg.
Written, arranged and produced by Brandeburg, Midnight is a collection of nine tight chill out tracks designed, it would seem, to be played specifically at the bewitching hour. Part of the magic comes from the collection of outstanding musicians that Michael has assembled to support him on the project. Windham Hill recording artist Ray Obiedo makes more than one significant contribution on guitar while Norbert Stachel on sax and flute is outstanding throughout. With Jess Petty variously on trumpet and flugel horn complementing Mark Van Wageningen on bass and Billy Johnson on drums the winning formula is complete.
Particularly notable is ‘Moonlight’ with Stachel to the fore on sax, the hypnotic ‘Caribbean Dream’ that gives Petty the chance to shine on trumpet and the title track where Sachel serves up more cool sax laced with Brandeburg’s excellent piano.
When Brandeburg indulges himself with the albums only cover, Bert Bacharach’s ‘The Look Of Love’, it proves to be a sensation with Jess Petty, this time on flugel horn, sending shivers down the spine. Obiedo excels on the Latin flavoured tribute to ‘Jobim’ and on the haunting ‘Velvet Lady’. The album is already enjoying good airplay and that’s hardly surprising as there is barely a weak track on the entire collection.
Check out Michael’s website at www.michaelbrandeburg.com where sample tracks from the CD can also be heard.
Want to know more? Want to add a snippet of your own? E-mail me on DenisPoole2000@Yahoo.comPosted by Denis Poole at April 29, 2005 10:38 AM