John Sferra - Northbound

Tuesday 1st April 1997
John Sferra - Northbound

RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: Phil Keaggy Club
FORMAT: Cassette Album

Reviewed by Martin Emerson

This album shows that the talent in Glass harp was not limited to Phil Keaggy. Sferra, the former Glass Harp drummer, shows here that he is also a talented songwriter and not a bad guitarist. Sferra's guitar playing shows up well on "Cherry Run" and "Will Of The Wisp". Keaggy plays lead guitar on four tracks, the first of which "Northbound" is dominated by his influence. On "Lorien" and "Let The Bells Ring" Sferra and Keaggy bring back some of the early Glass Harp sound. Keaggy's playing on "Between The Moon And Sun" is just wonderful. But Keaggy isn't the only brilliantly talented guitarist on this album, Neal Williams' playing on "Will Of The Wisp" certainly gives Keaggy a good run for his money. Another very talented musician on this album is Dennis Augusia, whose keyboard playing enriches the whole album, but is highlighted on "Rock 'N The City" and "Evening Star". Sferra's rather gruff vocal ability means this album is not immediately welcoming, but after listening to it a few times you come to appreciate it, especially on tracks like "Evening Star" and "Will Of The Wisp". Sferra has written some very memorable songs and though the skills of the musician may show best on other tracks, it is songs like "Sky Walker", "Evening Star" and the wonderful "Will Of The Wisp" (well, it's my favourite) which will be best remembered. A showcase of talent, worth hunting out.

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