in France and living in Cologne, Germany saxophonist Ismael Diallo
has a strong connection to smooth jazz. During the legendary wave
music concert series featuring Rick Braun, Peter White, Slim Man,
Richard Elliot and many more he belonged to the well-known backing
group under the musical direction of keyboardist Lutz Deterra.
Twenty years later he can already look back on a rich artistic
life that has always brought him in contact with smooth jazz.
Since 2004 he is regularly releasing groove-oriented lounge
music under the label Circles and Spirals. To mention are
Colours (2007), and Space Grooves (2009). With Gaia
Vol.1 – Sunlight (2011) he started a trilogy presenting soft
down-tempo music and a pinch of world beat. Next album of this
series is Gaia Vol. 2 Twilight, already available as
download and scheduled for CD release August 20, 2018.
Ismael Diallo has written and produced all tracks. He performs
saxophones, keyboards and Vocoder on track 10. He is accompanied
by Juan Restrepo (guitars), Knuth Jerxsen (percussion), Christoph
Titz (trumpet on #7) and Nini Rider (vocals on #1).
journey begins with Twilight, an excursion to dreamland, which is
reminiscent of Winfried Trenkler's show "Schwingungen".
Through the use of keyboard sounds and a saxophone with hall
effect the tone loses itself in infinity. The Cala Bassa is a
quiet, beautiful bay with crystal clear water in the northern
region of Ibiza. Taking a Cala Bassa Sundowner is just as
delightful and relaxing as the same named song.
Champagne And Toasts is a popular addition for festive
occasions. Like the title, the melody consists of two tone
sequences, that complement each other perfectly. The first
inspired by a well-known song from the soft rock genre and
Ismael's improvisation on the saxophone. Ismael also processes the
memories of Ibiza with Sax On The Beach. As the song
progresses, it becomes more and more dynamic.
Caipirinha is Brazil's national cocktail, made with cachaça
(sugarcane hard liquor), sugar and lime. The fieriness of the
drink is transferred to the song. The magic word is uncompromising
percussion. Miles Away fosters in the area of nujazz and
house music. The special feature is Ismael's jazzy saxophone
performance. A Nujazz Club In Town captures the acoustic
backdrop of a café and combines it with a lively sound network
formed by saxophone and trumpet underlaid with modern keyboard
Mojito offers a hypnotic synth sound
collage. Mango Lassi goes the Indian way with appropriate
instrumentation like Tablas and Sitar. Get Your Groove On
is the ultimate challenge to be heeded. With the use of a vocoded
voice the groove gets even more momentum. Discussing The
String Theory joins seamlessly in rhythm. The guitar enhanced
tune also includes some sax voices.
Another drink another
song. Gin Tonic is in itself consistent with its
predecessors and belongs to the category of dance floor grooves.
The final Sea Of Tranquility deals thematically with the
Circles And Spirals Gaia Vol. 2 Twilight
is not a self-contained complete musical work, but a collection of
cross-genre pieces that appeals to different music lovers and
tastes. The common handwriting, however, remains recognizable at
all times, which allows a combination of different styles
under one denominator.
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Title: Gaia Vol. 2
Artist: Circles And Spirals
Genre: Downtempo Electronica
Label: Circles Records
1) Twilight (6:41)
2) Cala Bassa Sundowner (5:06)
Champagne And Toasts (6:30)
4) Sax On The Beach (5:10)
6) Miles Away (5:10)
7) A Nujazz Club In
8) Mojito (6:00)
9) Mango Lassi (8:45)
10) Get Your Groove On (5:06)
11) Discussing The String Theory (5:40)
12) Gin Tonic (6:00)
13) Sea Of Tranquility (8:00)