professor Christoph Spendel is known for his multifold
collaborations with musicians of different genres. From straight
ahead jazz to smooth jazz, from chill out to solo piano, the
creativity of this keyboardist/pianist has no limits. With Lenny Mac
Dowell Spendel already released the album Autumn Breath in
1987. Now they renew their common interest with Landscapes
Lenny Mac Dowell performs flutes, keyboards and
programming, Christoph Spendel keyboards and programming. The duo
starts the album with Landscapes. On a minimalist theme a
cascade of flute tones are built up like a fountain to develop solos on flute and keyboard.
Take Five, a jazz piece composed by Paul Desmond and
performed by The Dave Brubeck Quartet, is transformed to a laidback
groove in a moderate tempo. This theme flows through the smooth jazz
genre performed by Dancing Fantasy, Grover Washington Jr., Dirk K or
Phil Upchurch. From known terrain to Unknown Events, a
mysterious atmospheric tune with a dark twist and a percussive
background. Dowell sends his flute through overdubs, halls and
modulations. Spendel follows the given path on piano and sets own
Tango For Luca delivers a lounge version of the Latin dance
with the accordion sound as anchor but far away from what we are
familiar with this music. Sultans Dance absorbs oriental
vibrations to process them into a hypnotic groove.
House Bossa is a chillout groove, already released on the
sampler Ibiza Chillout Balearic Lounge Collection Vol. 4. This piece
makes really steam and is an excellent dance floor runner.
Offset by modulating vibrations in trance, we reach new shores at
Beyond Rush. On Park In The Dark the flute develops an
own magic animated by multiplying echoes.
Mac Dowell often apply a flute technique better known as locomotive
breath by Jethro Tull, when the flute is also used as rhythmic
element in addition to the actual function as a melody carrier.
Night Folks is a good example for that.
Snare brush shuffle and acoustic bass invite to the captivating
sequence of Coffee Break. Then Lenny Mac
Dowell bursts out on flute like the first sun rays in the morning.
Transmission comes with bass run and beat in the tradition
of Pat Metheny, which makes this song immediately familiar. In this
set up ensure targeted piano keystrokes and flute lines for the
Spendel and Mac Dowell pursue with Landscapes no
groundbreaking music of renovation. On the contrary is the focus on
atmospheric entertainment of sophisticated kind. A crystal clear
view on future music.
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Artist: Lenny Mac Dowell & Christoph Spendel Project
Genre: Smooth Jazz
Label: Blue Flame Records
01 Landscapes [5:25]
02 Take Five [6:45]
03 Unknown Events [7:14]
04 Tango For Luca [6:10]
05 Sultans Dance [8:15]
06 House Bossa [7:25]
07 Beyond Rush [8:08]
08 Park In The Dark [6:57]
09 Night Folks [4:51]
10 Coffee Break [7:20]
11 Transmission [6:15]
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