David Heming - Reflections On The Saxophone: New Beginnings

Sunday 1st October 1995
David Heming - Reflections On The Saxophone: New Beginnings

RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
LABEL: Spirit Of Praise SOPD2083
RRP: £15.31

Reviewed by Alan & Angeline Chesters

This is David's follow up to 'Praise Him On The Saxophone' (which David recorded at the ripe young age of 63) and has already entered the CR P&W/MOR chart. His 'New Beginnings' title covers "'a fresh opportunity' to communicate my faith through music." His desire was to be "reflecting various styles and moods, which, while appealing to the musical connoisseur, would not be too elitist for others to appreciate and enjoy." There are 13 arrangements (lasting almost 60 mins) of P&W songs, all contemporary except for 'What A Friend We Have In Jesus" and "How Great Thou Art". It was particularly important for me to take every opportunity to listen to this album. I think it's fair to say that many CCM albums are dismissed with prejudicial dislikes on first hearing, when they could be a great blessing with further listening. I received the album immediately I returned from Kingdom Faith Ministries' annual camp with its exuberant worship and ministry. So, it was necessary for me to adjust mood if I was going to evaluate the album fairly. To start with, I found it too soporific but eventually its appeal came through. Arrangements are clarinet as well as saxophone-based, with keyboards, guitars, drums, percussion and some well blended vocals on "To Be In Your Presence" and "Purify My Heart". A current favourite is "Father Of The Fatherless" (Graham Kendrick). I think David's desire has been largely achieved.

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