Diminishing the darkness Bill Leslie – Celtic Peace

Diminishing the darkness Bill Leslie – CELTIC PEACE:  I’ve been reviewing Bill’s moving music for many years now, most recently his “Across The Water” album… players across the globe were as affected by the pandemic as we all were; in Bill’s own words, “I wanted to create a work of beauty to diminish the darkness of 2020“; my old ears tell me that these songs do that very successfully. 

As a way of really getting familiar with Bill’s creative ability, you’ll want to watch and listen to “Irish Blessing” from the previously reviewed album…

If you enjoyed that, be sure to SUBSCRIBE to Bill’s YouTube channel, where you’ll find many more inspiring songs and performances… I subscribed immediately after discovering it.

One of the things that has impressed me the most about Bill’s talent is his ability to weave majestic string and textures in, around and through the flutes, horns and other beautiful instruments, and nowhere does that come across more strongly than on his tune called “Glencoe” (samples not available yet; I will come back and add them when I’m told the album has gone live)… Bill makes the breathtaking beauty of the Scottish come to life before your very ears on this song… a truly inspiring listen!

My friend Joseph Akins played and arranged the stunning piano on “Grace In Stone” with warm and embracing tones that will lift your spirits out of any dark spaces you may have found yourself in… again, Bill’s string weaves are full of the joy of life and the living of it on this treasure of a song.

Images of soaring flights above the fray are crystal-clear as you listen to “Golden Eagle”… this is an award-winning song, and I fully predict it will be nominated for numerous awards… amazingly simple progressions that reach deep inside your heart!

The most impressive tune (for me) was the 3:01 closer, “Skara Brae” (a Scottish World Heritage site believed to be older than Stonehenge)… it’s definitely my choice for personal favorite of the dozen delightful performances Bill offers up for our enjoyment and enchantment.

I give Bill and his players a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 4.99.  Get more information about this album on Bill’s website.    Rotcod Zzaj

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Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews
Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews
Dick Metcalf (aka Rotcod Zzaj) is a globe-hopping musician and poet who spent many years roving the world until he finally settled in his current abode, Lacey, Washington... just down the road from Seattle. He started IMPROVIJAZZATION NATION magazine in 1990 (still being published), and Contemporary Fusion Reviews magazine in 2016. He also was a keyboard player & singer for many years... you can hear (and download for free) many of those works at his "Internet Archive Collection". If you'd like to support our efforts and get something in return, there are also a few of these albums for sale on the Rotcod Zzaj BandCamp site"

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