readers will remember the glorious time of the label IC/Digit
(Independent Composers/ Innovative Communication), on which Mark
Sakautzky and Michael Weisser released their German version of New Age
and Smooth Jazz. Dancing Fantasy, Terry Marshall, George Bishop, Blue
Knights, Teekay, Freeze Frame were among the presented artists.
The story of Freeze Frame began with the album The Book of Movie
Scores (1989), followed by The Crossover (1992), Loving
Life (1994), Feelin' So Good (1996), and A Balanced
World (1999). On the label Laterne Tonträger Ray Bach, mastermind
of Freeze Frame, released the albums
Transition (2006) and Colors Of Summer (2009).
On his latest album The Score Of Moviebooks (2012) Ray is
supported by Georg Hahn (vocals), Lars Slowak (bass), and Ricky Garcia
(guitar). Ray comments his new album:
"Behind the conceptual idea was that I was repeatedly asked about my
debut album The Book Of Movie Scores. An album which I had
created in just 3 to 4 weeks. I felt ecstatic! The content was no
consideration of contemporary music, what was almost a little naive at
I was reminded of the creative process from 20 years ago and just
wanted to go free and unencumbered to the approaching anniversary
album, as I did on my debut. It was also a journey into the past. The
process actually worked, the output was enormous, the material could
have easily fit for a second album. Perhaps that will also be
The album starts with The Return Of The Ducks composed as a
clear reminiscence of Duck Tales, a tune from Rays' debut album The Book of Movie
Scores. Ray picks up on the original theme on the synthesizer and
lead it to new heights straightly following the old style.
Angel In My Life features the singer Georg Hahn in a rocky
attitude perfectly supported Ricky Garcia's fiery guitar performance.
Crystal Lake is the incorporation of a magic atmosphere
wonderfully created by Ray Bach in his own unique style. He is not to
shy to combine synth keys with guitar and even violin.
Ray integrates in his album also personal memories. He explains: "I traveled a few times to France."
St. Tropez and Gare Du Nord are musical echoes of these
journeys. The title City Of Rain is very suitable for this
season of rainy storms in Europe. With his warm vocals Ray Bach also
convince the audience as singer, well supported by Liza. Very
impressive the instrumental bridge.
Sky Riders seamlessly connect to Ray's synth style of the
'90's. The Signature is Rays underlining scripture with dreamy
elements sometimes drifting into free jazz. His musical strength is
evidently his colorful and emotional descriptions of his voyages like
Towards East (Tokyo) and Towards West (LA). The Final
Script is Ray's contemplative consciousness of his work returning
to the theme of the inaugural debut.
It therefore seemed logical to transfer the title of the first album
of Movie Scores to The Score of Movie Books. Ray Bach's new
step on the borderline between Smooth Jazz and New Age. Let yourself