534 002-2 Aqua
Produced by Jeff Richman
Released on July 22, 2008
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T hey send me these to listen as if Iím a mission to record each note wrote down by man or beast. ďAt least,Ē a little voice cries out, ďat least!Ē (That for the Naiad, who long lost interest and drifted asleep to the dream of a tempest.) Outside of the axecedental releases, these are the first of the Hawaiianís pieces to get their spin in my soft tumbler (home to names, dates and the odd number). Richmanís water world suggests a poor manís Pat Metheny; a lazy assessment that doesnít convey the sport of climbing windham hill to find the sea lie wide and still, painted from a palette of endless blue, immovable and true. Despite some whitecapped wizardry, this is a calm and friendly sea, not a fretful storm of notes designed to rock and roil your boat. The melodies are liquid elusive at first, but over time they quench a thirst for mellow jazz on glass sea gliding, over the sound bars riding, riding. Itís all been done before, but for the steel drum perhaps, music for cool cats who like to take short naps. Now normally I stay away from the sweet stuff in search of seas where the surf is rough but Richman came with a calm and gentle sound to sing me to sleep Ďtil the dreamer, drowned, awoke to a new world bathed in blue. Aqua, man, itís calling you to play in its warm and foamy froth: The waterís fine, jump off.

TRACK LISTING

  1. EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU    5:35
  2. KAHUKU    6:20
  3. PRICELESS    4:29
  4. THE BIG STEP    6:55
  5. AQUA    5:21
  6. WHERE I BELONG    4:53
  7. STORM BEFORE THE CALM    6:10
  8. PEACE OF WORK    5:56
  9. THE NEST    5:15
  10. DOWN BY THE RIVER    (Neil Young)    5:18

    All songs written by Jeff Richman unless noted

CREDITS

JEFF RICHMAN -- guitars
JEFF BABKO -- keyboards
MITCHEL FORMAN -- keyboards, acoustic piano
WILL KENNEDY -- drums
ABRAHAM LABORIEL -- bass
SIMON PHILLIPS -- drums, engineer, overdubs
WALFREDO REYES -- percussion
Jeff Beal -- trumpet (3,8)
Brandon Fields -- sax (4,7)
Dean Taba -- bass, acoustic bass
Chris Wabich -- steel drums
Paul Tavenner -- mixing, overdubs
Simeon Spiegel -- overdubs
Robin Tijoe -- back cover photo
Liquid Planet -- cover photo
Rob Braden -- inner sleeve photo/art direction

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US July 22, 2008 Nefer Records CD 03837  

 

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