Various - Can We Get Together?

Published Thursday 19th May 2011
Various - Can We Get Together?
Various - Can We Get Together?

STYLE: Roots/Acoustic
RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 113464-18053
LABEL: CoSeismic

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

This ambitious double CD project brings together 26 acts from all over southern Arizona to make a benefit album to help those who have suffered as a result of January's Tucson shooting tragedy. With the overall theme of "togetherness" the songs here are intended to engender a sense of tolerance and community. Musically, it's a very diverse collection though acoustic singer/songwriters dominate, interspersed with tracks of big band jazz, classical (Schubert and Beethoven), pop rock and even mariachi. Some of the acts are Christians with singer/songwriter Kelli Pardi providing the title song (unfortunately a rather dull and repetitive effort). Much better are husband and wife duo Compose The Octave with the lady of the group having a fine voice. Other tracks of particular Cross Rhythms interest are by Adalberto who has an excellent, flexible voice which he uses over a light jazz arrangement on "My Every Fear"; the Tucson Girls Chorus on a much better Kelli Pardi song, "Puddles"; and Cynthia Correa, whose acoustic-driven pop "Your Heart Lives In Mine" is lifted when a full rhythm section comes in. It has to be said that some of the tracks are of little more than demo quality but with handsomely designed packaging and such a worthy cause it is easy to overlook a few damp squibs.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Kelly Pardi - Can We Get Together [Listen]
2. Compose The Octave - Fallen For You [Listen]
3. David Rose - Palo Verde [Listen]
4. Rodriguez & Keepe Duo - Gounod- Ave Maria [Listen]
5. Votapek & Milbauer - Schubert- Sonata In A Mirror, D. 821 -Arpeggione- [Listen]
6. Luce & Mclaughlin - Bach- Sonata, Bwv 1033 [Listen]
7. Luce & Mclaughlin - Bach- Sonata, Bwv 1033 [Listen]
8. Luce & Mclaughlin - Bach- Sonata, Bwv 1033 [Listen]
9. Luce & Mclaughlin - Bach- Sonata, Bwv 1033 [Listen]
10. Votapek & Milbauer - Beethoven- Sonata In D Major, Op. 102, No 2 [Listen]
11. John Monfore - When The Sun Shines Through [Listen]
12. Big Band Express - Hand In Hand [Listen]
13. Adalberto - My Every Fear [Listen]
14. Tucson Girls Chorus - Puddles [Listen]
15. Ten Times Gravity - You And Me [Listen]
16. The Chip Ritter Band - Ken I Go Fishin [Listen]
17. Lori M Richardson - I'll Come To You [Listen]
18. Cynthia Correa - Your Heart Lives In Mine [Listen]
19. Ruben Ruiz & James Glinski - I Seen Love [Listen]
20. The Terrifix - So Fly [Listen]
21. Beyond The Firewell - Carry On Together [Listen]
22. Wax 78 - Monet [Listen]
23. Chorizmex - Seems Like Yesterday [Listen]
24. Volodia - Dream [Listen]
25. Neon Prophet - 21st Century [Listen]
26. El Cielo Azul - Nostalgia [Listen]
27. Whyte Panther - Another Tucson Sunset [Listen]
28. Ron Walker - Saturday Morning [Listen]
29. Seashell Radio - Tsunami [Listen]
30. Mariachi Cielo De Mexico - Arriba El Mariachi [Listen]

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