Elliot Levine has been playing in the Baltimore/Washington area for over
How do you find a precious jewel in the Smooth
Jazz genre? You can try your search-engines and search a lot of time or you
simply go to www.mp3.com, where you find a
huge amount of musical talents. Mp3.com is a real collection of gems. Elliot
Levine is not only an "extraordinary composer/keyboardist"
Elliot began his musical interest at the age of four. Point of interest was the piano in the parent's house. But he got deeper involved in music not before high school time. His musical career is similiar to other artists. He played in a band Jazz, Rock and Fusion. Turning-point was undoubtly his contact with Greg Hatza, under who he studied keyboard play and improve his skills. But building up a music-career ain't easy going. Elliot writes the majority of the pieces, produces, records and engineers the whole albums helping Bill Pratt at his studios. Beyond the creation he still shops and promotes his cds himself. What a lot of legwork!
put up all this efforts, because he loves the music:
second cd Urban Grooves shows up Elliot's
musical mastership and precision. Bach-A-Lism starts
with a surprising classical quotation of a bachian prelude transfering to a
free and easy going Smooth Jazz piano play in a wonderful contrast to the
stringent structure of the historical fuge.
If only you knew, former sung by Patti Labelle, slow down the uptempo. Elliot cannot resist to play a piano solo on this slow tune. But he even masters the soft tones. Fortissimo and piano in one piece.
St. Croix is another wonderful example of Elliot's ambivalence.
Second light is dominated by Isaac Parham's smooth saxophon with some nice interludes of Elliot's paino and Powe's guitar.
An exellent cover-version of Marvin Gaye's Let's Get It On organized anew Elliot, obviously a reminiscence of earlier days of Elliot's youth.
Heatwave's Always And Forever is another slow and emotional organ piece. Let's dream of the glorious musical past.
As is the following uptempo-beat version of Stevie Wonder former hit. Pam Frasier's beautiful vocals are a dignified substitute for Stevie's voice.
Kind of Miles is a memorial to the great Miles Davis. This Funk/Jazz Fusion is pushed by Avon Lucas picked deep bass.
This album is often reviewed by enthusiastic writers like Morrice and Boehi. The outstanding quality deserves another review. I can verify the high rating. Spend a little of your time to listen to this excellent Smooth Jazz album.