Warren Hill's Smooth Jazz Cruise 2005 the passengers were delighted
with nightly personal gifts like pencils, mugs, posters, caps, light sticks
Among these a very generous gift is worth mentioning, a Windsor
Reflections CD Case containing his Pre-Release CD. The CD was produced
by Warren Hill and André Berry. Warren had asked André to write
songs for his new album. André was touring with Dave Koz as his bass player
and his schedule was tight. But André reissued in working
out the songs on his Apple Powerbook during the drives between the
diverse venues. Often Dave Koz asked: "Do you do that
notebook-thing again?". André kept the time-line and the guests
received an usual gift.
Warren Hill band members, Dave
Hopper (drums), André Berry (bass), Ronnie
Gutierrez (percussion), Ron Reinhart (keyboards), and Randy
Jacobs (guitar) played on the project. Guest stars include
Brian Culbertson, Jeff Golub (guitar), and the Harris
Bros. (horns). The album was played first time on the cruise. Unfortunately
Brian Culbertson couldn't join because of a time conflict.
After the introduction (personal
words of Warren Hill to the guests) the album starts with Toronto.
André explained that the pre-release was so new if fact, that some
titles hadn't even been chosen for the songs! Why Toronto? Warren grew
up in Toronto and made the first steps in playing his instrument. It's
a funky tune with much sax on it. Warren used some overdubs for
soloing on his own melody-lines.
Funky Music was originally written by Rob Parissi for his band
Cherry". It's exactly that funky stuff André Berry loves. On
the backside of his bass one can read "Funk" in big letters.
Don't know if Wild Cherry ever played that funk so terrific. Warren
performs the leading melody on his sax and its grooving.
Cover Warren showcases some experimental attitude with unusual
reverb and tone modulation. André Berry explained that his Apple
Powerbook could substitute a whole studio especially in connection
with his sampled sounds. He plays these sounds via a midi-keyboard
with an one-octave range. On the picture André is explaining how he
composed a tune for Warren's album. Andre has a huge knowledge in
composing and producing. So when he hits the stage that's only the
final act in a long process.
Tim Pierce introduces on acoustic
guitar via Interlude to Still
In Love. A sentimental grapy tune with a strong romantic mood.
This tune will certainly thrill many radio-programmers.
is the motion characteristic of fluids. Flow is a term for dynamic
change. Flow is the longest piece on Warren's album. A fluid dynamic
motion of notes with a surprising rhythm (check your left loudspeaker,
he is working fine).
Low Rider from the album "Why Can't
We Be Friends" (1975) originally played by the group
"War" is fascinating many artists. I remember covers of Bona
Fide and Jim Capaldi. The original Latin-flavored version is perfectly
we have solos of Warren Hill and Brian Simpson. Warren is a specialist
of highest tones. This thanks to the early days of Guitars and
Saxes, when White and Hill toured together and perfected this musical
moment. Warren has been working on that style since his Guitars and
Saxes days and showcased it live during PW's set.
Back At One
is a slow tempo tune in the way often to hear on Smooth Jazz radio
stations. Nevertheless Warren knows to build up a dramatic development.
Together, the best-known Beatles tune from their album
"Abbey Road"(1969), is nicely revived with a scratching
Melting funk and jazz, going to
the roots a new Warren Hill on Bridgin’ the
Gap. Old-school and new styles are burned together to an