RePost From Smooth Jazz Life by Smooth Smooth Jazz Daily!
Carol Albert began her new radio single "Fire & Water" this Summer when she and Roberto Vally started a collaboration and writing project. Roberto sent a groove to work from, Carol started with several different melodies on piano and synthesizer parts in her home studio and the project grew into a successful online collaboration of the song.
The word Firewater immediately came to Carol's mind and grew into "Fire & Water" representing mixed elements of fire & passion in the breakdown section and water & the graceful ease of life in the intro and interim sections. The mixture of these elements make this a fun, unique, easily flowing tune.
Carol plays pianos, keys, and programmed the synthesizer parts while Roberto added his unique bass style with Curtis McCain bringing his mixture of latin percussion instruments and Andrew Neu helping out on the saxophone and flute.
The result is a unique, exotic soundscape!
We are excited to announce that Carol has just finished an interview with Valerie and Company's zoomcast called "Doing It Right - The Stories That Make Us!". Be sure to subscribe on Youtube and follow Valerie and Company on many of the accounts below.
by Davor Hrvoj c/o SoundGuardian.com
Link to Review Archive
The music on the album "Stronger Now" is an autobiographical statement of pianist, keyboardist, vocalist and composer Carol Albert who works in the field of smooth jazz. Namely, it is music that was created as a result of the healing process of her mental state after the loss of her husband. This can be felt in the titles of some compositions, such as the title, as well as "I Am Fine", but also in the performances which seem to try to penetrate beyond, to reach some spiritual dimensions. This is especially strong in the performance of the song "Till We Meet Again" which symbolically concludes the album. She is the author of all the songs on the album, a significant part of which was realized by programming, thanks to Carol Albert who programmed keyboards, Ben Babylon who made arrangements for strings and sections of French horns, Lew Laing who programmed drums, Lee Thornberg who programmed wind instruments and others, but also relied on collaboration with "real" musicians: guitarist and percussionist Paul Brown, bassist Sam Sims or Josep Patrick Moore, and drummers and percussionists Lil John Roberts, Jay Williams or Curtis McCain ... Femme Flight ”, spiced with varied Latin rhythms, was joined as guests by saxophonist Magdalena Chovancova and flutist Ragan Whiteside. She performed the romantic ballad "Moon on the Water" solo playing the piano, only in some sections subjected to the discreet sound of a synthesizer. In fact, the music on the album was created in a combination of acoustics and electronics. Quite enough to climb high on the Billboard magazine charts.
With the end of summer upon us, we head into the fall season with our new norm dealing with Covid -19. With all the new changes, we have seen that music fans have gravitated even more to smooth jazz online to relax and escape to fine a sense of calm. We are pleased to present our new issue featuring Grammy Winner Norman Brown, along interviews and cd review from Randy Brecker and Diana Krall just to name a few. Check it out: http://www.magzter.com/p/Smooth-Jazz