Frame is a project of German keyboardist and composer Ray Bach. Not
related to the great German composer and organist of the Baroque
Period he shared with him an amazing compositional talent. His
creativity already meandered into the albums The Book of Movie
Scores (1989), The Crossover (1992), Loving Life
(1994), Feelin' So Good (1996), A Balanced World (1999),
Transition (2006), Colors Of Summer (2009) and The
Score Of Moviebooks (2012).
Settled on the borderline between Smooth
Jazz and New Age Ray creates a special German style of Smooth Jazz,
which is similar to the music of Dancing Fantasy, Blue Knights,
Colors In Motion, Interface and more.
In his comment of his previous album he
wrote: "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
He has made true his announcement with
the EP The Smooth Shore (2012). Ray could have waited until the
next year and then release a new album. But in
the fast paced world most buyers tend towards downloads and his record
company suggested an EP. Ray composed, performed and recorded all
songs, what today seems to be a sign of normalcy.
The EP begins to flow with Terrace View, a multi-layered piece
with a steady rhythm, floating keyboard sound, and Tom Farmer's sax
above. Genius flares up when he reaches his short piano sequence.
Just Flow is exactly what the title promises. Based on a outlined
melody Ray offers tonal gimmicks here and there.
On Blue Wave Hotel Ray experiments on keyboards. It creeps me
the impression, that he develops some of his musical ideas while
playing. The Smooth Shore features singer LIZA. We could
already listen to her lovely vocals on City Of Rain (The
Score Of Moviebooks).
Traditionally, an ashram is a spiritual hermitage. Additionally, today
the term ashram often denotes a locus of Indian cultural activity such
as yoga, music study or religious instruction, the moral equivalent of
a studio or dojo. Ray empathizes these spiritual vibrations with
The Smooth Shore is a consistent
implementation of known musical ideas. Ray Bach is still sailing on
his flagship in the waters of New Age. I wish him a safe journey.