Tuesday, July 12, 2016

CD Review: Jerry Goodman Plays Out His "Violin Fantasy" & Erik Sondhy Pays A Visit To Abbey Road Studios

American electric violinist Jerry Goodman, former member of the jazz fusion band Mahavishnu Orchestra, recently released his new studio album "Violin Fantasy" on July 1st. It features a dozen tracks, including covers of rock anthems like "Enter Sandman" and "Eye Of The Tiger" along with two never before released instrumentals titled, "In The Realm Of The Netherwold" and "Violin Fantasy." Bassist Tony Levin and guitarist Billy Sherwood lend a hand on the progressive rock feel of "The Laws Of Nature." Goodman showcases his delicate touch on the mystical feel of "Rock On" and builds up the intensity of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'." Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman lends his talents to the expanding soundscape of "Random Acts Of Science," before Gooman closes the album in the appropriate way with the up-lifting orchestral sound of "The Final Countdown." To find out more about Jerry Goodman and his latest release "Violin Fantasy," please visit cleorecs.com.

Indonesia jazz pianist Erik Sondhy recently released his latest solo album "Abbey Road Sessions, Vol. 1." It features Erik performing solo on six new tracks, beginning with the eleven-minute "London Blues." Erik takes little breaks away from the rhythmic piano as his instrumental playing becomes the voice the song. The gentle piano ballad "I Will" shows the beauty in Erik's performance, while the swing of "Sofia's Rag" reflects his early influence from Fat Waller. The album closes with the up-tempo, twelve-minute expression of "Echo Beach Calypso." To find out more about Erik Sondhy and his latest release "Abbey Road Sessions, Vol. 1," please visit his Facebook page at facebook.com/Eriksondhymusic.

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