Totally pleasant worldwide percussion Julian Gerstin – MUSIC FOR THE EXPLORATION OF ELUSIVE PHENOMENA: There are artists/percussionists who enchant me, and one of them is Julian, whose “Litorral Zone” was reviewed here (with high marks) last fall… on his newest release, you’ll thrill to totally pleasant worldwide percussion (over and over again)… there weren’t videos from the new album on his Julian Gerstin YouTube channel, but the high-energy show below will give you a great idea of the energy he and his players project…
One of the songs I MOST enjoyed on the new album is the mellow and laid-back “After the Sleep of Lies“, featuring great vocals from Sarah LeMieux… late-night DJ’s everywhere will be plugging this tune in for repeated rotations, to be sure!
The down & funky beats on the opener, “American History“, has some great spoken-word from Wanda Houston that treks through the turbulence of 250 years in America… unique and different.
If you love cha-cha, you’ll pick “La Casa Violeta” as an instant favorite, I’ve no doubt… the flutes are superb, the pace is comfortable and the group singers (at about the 3:55 mark) will blow you away!
One of the most catching jazz tunes I’ve heard (yet) in 2021 is “Spruce Street“… as you listen, you’ll “see” yourself struttin’ down that avenue, ready to dance the entire night… very nice clarinet solo.
The interaction between the percussion and the fantastic bass on “Serious Fun” made it my personal favorite of the dozen delightful songs offered up… for some reason, I couldn’t help but think of Horace Silver as I listened to the joy created here!
I give Julian and all his players a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 4.98. Get more information on Julian’s website as it becomes available. Rotcod Zzaj
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