Gary Farr - Fresh Brew
and composer Gary Farr started recording in 1995. His debut album
was released 1999 and has left its footprints in TV, radio and the
internet around the world. Originally a native of South Florida his
band members joined his activity in Florida. In 1998 he founded the
label Secret Formula Records.
Gary moved the recording studio
& main office to Los Angeles, California to work on film/TV
The newest result is his album
"Fresh Brew" (2004), an album with tunes from 1995 - 2004.
With 71:19 minutes one receive a lot of music. Gary comments his new
album: "A unique collection of
different inter-changing rhythms from funk, rock, hip hop to reggae
interweaved with heavy jazz overtones. Great grooves and wonderful
musicianship with a unique blend of musical instruments and voices."
The starting tune Fresh
exactly this fresh mix of brass (Billy Ross - tenor and soprano
sax, Doug Michels - trumpets) and keyboards as promised. Funky
cjazz - served not too hot.
Jazz In The House
is a complete change of style to house music combined with fusion.
Mitch Farber's guitar, John Kricker's trombone and Gary's keyboards
solo are pushing highlights of this quite unusual piece.
But smooth jazz
friends are also finding their island on this album. A
Little Sun Shower
is a pleasing tour through Gary's keyboards park.
Test the delicious
Tuscany Wine from
and listen to Jeanne Tarrant on flute.
introducing into You
Love Me featuring
Ron Fattorusso on tenor sax. A slow love song with much emotion.
Personally I would prefer natural human vocals to synth-voices.
is more synth-generated music (synth-bass, synth-voices,
Lead instrument on Gray
Eyes is in the
first part a synthesizer, in the second part an electric piano creates
an interesting jazzy impact.
Norasian Climate is a
further synthesizer-étude, a bit of Jean Michel Jarre, a bit of Jan
Hammer, a bit of Vangelis.
World has this
epic touch of a film score of a classic Egyptian historical movie.
is a mid-tempo synth tune featuring anew Ron
Fattorusso on tenor sax. This tune is very experimental.
A Light Spring Rain
is more radio-like than its precursors. A harmonic dreamy tune with
warm flute tones and an epic overhead.
Deep Blue Waters,
Up & Up
are further pieces of Gary's synthesizer -"witch kitchen".
On the search after
hooking pieces I found Lullaby
For Nora. A very
substantial score music with a lovely mood.
Last tune is Pour
It On as secret
bonus track, an uptempo rock tune with much energy.
Gary Farr's album
"Fresh Brew" is a wild mixture of everything. Rock, C-jazz
and electronica are the main ingredients for this hot cup of coffee.