SoundGuardian review of Stronger Now
by Davor Hrvoj c/o SoundGuardian.com
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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.