Solar Wind - Blue Horizon
Angeles is the heart of Smooth Jazz. There is no other city worldwide,
where you find so many music groups of this genre. One of them is
Solar Wind. Solar Wind is headed by the bassist Sean Mason, who also
organizes the promotional and marketing part. Their debut album was
"Grand Tour Alignment" (1999). Mason's electric bass is the
dominant force of this CD and there is no difference to their new one
Although an independent production
you can await a professional work with the great support of artists as
David Benoit, Eric Marienthal and Marc Hugenberger. The record will be
released in January 2003 and will be available at websites like CDUniverse
Drive is the typical imaginary picture of a car driving along
the coast, while the driver is listening to the music. Sean is playing
bass, keyboards and drum programming, the musical frame, the solos are
delivered by David Benoit (piano) and Eric Marienthal (sax). David and
Eric are adding jazz phrases, which let awake the smooth melody.
Sunrise is another stay at the coast, watching the red colors
of the glowing sunrise. Eric shows the romantic side of his sax
playing, while David adds musical ornaments, running and tied trills.
Eric Robson shines on his acoustic guitar.
While staying at the sea you can
feel the Catalina Breeze on your skin.
Eric Marienthal plays a midtempo Bossa Nova, Eric Robson takes over
the melody enriching it with quick riffs. Sean finishes the melody
part with his bass interpretation and gives the torch back to Eric.
With Mix It
Up the group leaves the Smooth Jazz section to make a step to
Jazz Fusion. Sean showcases his qualities as a bass player. The funky
part of the song is interrupted by swinging runs. Sean's approach to
the bass reminds me at Gerald Veasley and this album is undoubted
Sean's visit card for celebrities.
is another slap bass exposure. A similarity to Shoreline
Drive is recognizable. This version is
more aggressive and vivid. Friends of bass will admire Sean's quick
and accurate running. Bass players love the speed.
The title piece Blue
Horizon bears the
imprint of spherical wideness. Main instruments are Sean's keyboards.
The New Age impression is forced back by the tight melody.
Sean has played in
Danse De La Glace.
Sean has choosen this name because of the cool sounds of his Yamaha
equipment. Reverb is on and strings are filling the room.
Sean returns to
his Place In The
Sun. More Bossa
Nova with romantic contributions by Eric Marienthal and Eric Robson.
imaginations are resistant. We are approaching Manhattan
Beach. Sean plays
the melody on his bass, while Eric adds further ornaments on his
Sean's love to the
bass finds another Eruption.
Sean's bass playing is explosive.
Final curtain is a
reprise of Sedona
version is with more than 6 minutes longer then the first one which
enhanced the hooking quality of this tune.
Sean's new album
"Blue Horizon" is the right potential for Smooth Jazz radio
stations. We can await to listen it soon on many stations nationwide.