several decades the musician Ray Bach is associated with the project
Freeze Frame, music timeless and in the border area of
smooth jazz and new age. His new release The Works
(2015) is greeted with a laughing and a crying eye. Sadness
creeps in with the thought that it might be his last album.
Ray calls it his final album and a
worthy ending. With as many as 16 songs he sweetens this
termination. He is accompanied on individual pieces by
Thomas Barquee, Liza, Konstanze Arens (vocals), Stephan Gade,
Ricky Garcia, Jörn Becker (guitars), Georg Hahn (vocals,
violin), Lars Slowak (vocals, bass), Nils Karstens (brass), Petra Rathmann (saxophon),
and Benn Timms (trumpet).
The album starts with familiar sounds.
A Perfect Day reminds of many of his earlier works
from a creative period of 25 years. Carefree are swinging
sounds by synthesizers and keyboard across the room. Ray is
also ready to receive new impulses. The Skerries of
Stockholm featuring singer Konstanze Arens is treading
With Ayayay Ray brings it back
to the point of his creative range. Summer Love has
that special something. The piece reminisces and reminds
harmoniously of great songs of formations like Chicago or
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Never Want to Say Goodbye
may well be understood as Ray's personal legacy.
Thomas Barquee, who is
at home in mystic mantra,
lends his voice to I Can Only Imagine. Time
Flies ponders the rapid passage of time. Anytime,
Anywhere is lost in the no man's land between groove
and dreaminess. On Kaleidoscope Ray revels in the
sonority of his sound equipment. On Can't Stop the
Energy he let his musical ideas run free.
Sometimes you have
simply operate your
rhythm machine and musical creativity
just does the rest. This seemed to happen on Best
of Both Worlds. Sun Cruising shines with
a particularly successful composed tune. Everyone has own
memories of Paris. Ray processes his on Liz in Paris.
The slightly older audience will remember the song
Albatross of the group Fleetwood Mac. A Seagull's
Journey also internalized the flight of a sea-bird.
unfolds his inner feelings on She Is in My Heart.
The album ends with the soulful ballad The Spirit
featuring blessed singer Georg Hahn wonderfully supported by
Ray and Nils Karstens.
With The Works Ray Bach
presents a consistently drafted sensitive oeuvre, always
memorable. Hopefully the last word when it comes to
finishing the musical career has not yet spoken.
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Title: The Works
Artist: Freeze Frame
Genre: Smooth Jazz
Label: Laterne Tonträger
01 A Perfect Day [3:37]
02 The Skerries of Stockholm [3:59]
03 Ayayay [4:01]
04 Summer Love [3:34]
05 Never Want to Say Goodbye (Remix 2015) [3:54]
06 I Can Only Imagine [3:44]
07 Time Flies [3:56]
08 Anytime, Anywhere [3:47]
09 Kaleidoscope [3:53]
10 Can't Stop the Energy [4:02]
11 Best of Both Worlds [3:35]
12 Sun Cruising [4:05]
13 Liz in Paris [2:32]
14 A Seagull's Journey [3:42]
15 She Is in My Heart [3:36]
16 The Spirit [4:36]
Colors of Summer
The Score of Moviebooks
The Smooth Shore
Best In Life