STYLE: Ambient/Meditational RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 10458-9853 LABEL: Authentic 8203402 FORMAT: CD Album RELEASE DATE: 2004-07-09 RRP: £2.50
Reviewed by Brian Carr
I remember a long journey in a friend's car having to listen to cheesy songs oozing from the speakers. This instrumental album would have been sweet release. The sax is one of my favourite instruments but this album is a long way from the jazz fusion setting I normally prefer. There are times when you want to listen to music, and moments when you merely want background music to create an atmosphere, filling in pauses in conversation. This for me, fulfils the latter role admirably. The album features a generous mix of 14 praise songs balancing hymnody such as "A Thousand Tongues" and "When I Survey" with newer offerings like "It's Our Confession Lord", "When The Music Fades" and "This Is The Air I Breathe". The arrangements by Andrew Green and Christopher Norton have a deft touch effortlessly blending the tracks without any clash between old and new. British saxophonist Gregory James is at the forefront even if he doesn't warrant a front sleeve billing and has neatly played support from the guitar of James Oliver, flute with Simeon Wood and piano and keyboards of Andrew Green in support.
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