keyboard genius Thomas Motter has made the music world blissful with
the albums No Return (2005), Nite Angel (2006),
High (2012), Lost & Loved (2013) and Somewhere Out
There (2016). After personal strokes of fate, he has again found
the strength for a new album in pandemic. His answer is Time
For Thomas, time is one of the most precious resources
because it is limited and melts away so quickly. Conceptually, Thomas
emphasizes many vocal contributions, juxtaposing singers with
different timbres and performance styles. All tracks are written by
Thomas often in cooperation with the relevant interpret.
album opens with Closer 2U featuring highly expressive
singer/songwriter LeNora Jaye. The energetic piece is powerfully
supported by a strong brass trio consisting of Arno Haas (sax), Fred
Birt (trombone) and Igor Rudytskyy (trumpet). Thomas Motter underlines
everything with brilliant keyboard runs.
The bass accentuated
Time Is Forever features Incognito bass player Francis Hyton
and singer Fatma Tazegül in an indescribably intense ballad that
cannot be surpassed in expressiveness.
presents singer Karl Frierson, who has already celebrated some
successes with the German group De-Phazz. Harmony and arrangement,
however, rather resemble the style of the group Incognito. On the
interlude Time Warp keyboardist Thomas Motter and saxophonist
Arno Haas explore the boundaries of the sonic universe.
Don't Go Very Far features jazz and soul singer Michelle J.
Bradshaw who redefines the term soul. L.O.V.E. displays two
vocal personalities, lead singer Vanessa Holmes and French rapper
Patrice Ayivi. The song is a conglomerate of French Hip hop, r&b and
All Nite Long is a super sonic choral
interlude, which could easily have been a bit longer. Not Too Long
Ago however, is the desired extension, which slides into the
psychedelic. Prince would have had his fun with this piece.
quite socially critical Time For Sale brings the message
across covertly yet transparently, while the musical wrapping lets
everything be catchy. Loving You Forever on the other hand,
focuses on the interpersonal relationship in the form of burning love.
Noteworthy are the singer Jimi Carrow and the song lyrics that Thomas
wrote together with Jimi.
Marching to the Beat Of is a
battle of words that rapper Daniel Denmark is having with time. At
this point it should be praised that in the liner notes are the lyrics
of all songs, which is especially for those who do not have English as
a native language, a great ease of understanding.
featuring attractive singer Menoosha Susungi makes eloquent reference
to an earlier meeting in Cairo on the Nile, which still smolders in
the memory but soon threatens to fade.
On In Time,
Thomas Motter turns up the synthesizer even more as he backs up the
eccentric vocalist Princess Freezia and it all fits! Coming across
with soulful feeling is Ty Causey, who lets us experience New
Morning sonically. Rising Moon is a short intermezzo,
which unfortunately floats away all too quickly.
is a jazzy-tinged song with Fatma Tazegül as the scatting songstress.
Billy Allen on guitar sets significant accents. Final tune is Nite
Shift with Vanessa Holmes and ShawnFaye Stevenson setting vocal
harmonies, with Thomas Motter on keys being the sustaining force.
Thomas Motter has created with Time a monumental work of
vocal art that is second to none. One of the best albums of this year
and certainly memorable for a long time.
1) Closer 2u (4:30)
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Artist: Thomas Motter
Genre: Smooth Jazz
2) Time Is Forever (3:26)
3) Eternity (4:56)
4) Time Warp
5) Don't Go Very Far (3:57)
6) L.O.V.E. (3:43)
7) All Nite Long (0:27)
8) Not Too Long Ago (3:44)
for Sale (4:15)
10) Loving You Forever (4:33)
to the Beat Of (3:39)
12) Time (5:03)
13) In Time (5:10)
14) New Morning (4:27)
15) Rising Moon (0:43)
16) One Day
17) Nite Shift (3:34)
Somewhere Out There
Lost & Love