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Bridge Weaver by Nika Rejto

A great CD of standards and one original, "Song For Abraham," Nika Rejto makes it all seem so beautiful.

The music is gentle and flows like a warm summer breeze. Each musician stays in sync, playing with such high-class sophistication. Rejto’s style is haunting, yet so very peaceful. The emotion in each track is openly delivered. Larry Vuckovich sends more tender piano sounds our way and it totally enhances Rejto’s performance.

The mood picks up a little shuffle with Mingus’ "Jelly Roll," and "Weaver of Dreams" which are both fun and playful. The CD progresses through "Song For Abraham," a tribute for bassist Abraham Laboriel, who inspired her, as the liner notes tell. When I heard "Emily," it struck me as the most emotionally moving track here, but that’s just my opinion. It could be said about many others.

Perhaps we should say that if you need to cool out, this is the one for you. There are no high dramatics or over-intellectualized performances. The simplicity is what makes this so much more pleasant. The support of Vuckovich, Rick Vandivier, David Matheny, John Shiflett and Eddie Marshall on their respective instruments is extraordinary. Cooperative playing as opposed to competitive wins me over anytime. Rejto obviously put her heart into this project and encouraged her fellow players to do the same. The result is a CD worthy of high praise and respect. Furthermore, it’s enjoyable.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Nika Rejto
  • CD Title: Bridge Weaver
  • Genre: Smooth Jazz
  • Year Released: 1998
  • Record Label: Umika Records
  • Musicians: Nika Rejto (flute and vocals), Rick Vandivier (guitars), John Shiflett (bass), Eddie Marshall (drums), Larry Vuckovich (piano), Dimitri Matheny (flugelhorn)
  • Rating: Five Stars
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