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Gentle Force by 3rd Force

Smooth Jazz lovers this CD is for you. 3rd Force has done it again with the latest CD called Gentle Force. The group (William Aura, Craig Dobbin, and Alain Eskinasi) have been producing Smooth Jazz for over a decade, working with quality artists and arranging them in ways that yield music in their unique style. This CD just flows like a stream of honey from one groove to the next. It's been my nightly lullaby since I opened the wrapper. Featured on this recording are Tom Scott, Craig Chaquico, Acoustic Alchemy, Bryan Savage, Brian Hughes, Grant Geissman, Jimmy Sommers, and newcomer vocalist Rebecca Carlish.

I would tell you about all my favorite tracks on the CD, but all the cuts are delicious, so I'll just mention a few. The first cut, Young Again with Tom Scott & Acoustic Alchemy is as smooth and creamy as an orange dreamsicle. It has flowing sax and crooning female vocals backed with enough beats to keep you awake. It shares a sense of hope and renewal with the cut Follow Your Dream. Brian Hughes' guitar gives this cut a burgeoning feeling like the blush of sunrise on a new day. Everything is fresh and new and the possibilities are endless.

Cut three Grateful for Love with Jimmy Sommers goes from sensuous to sexy in less than 60 seconds. It's like the first surrender to a lover?s embrace, those heavy lashes, that weakness... The female vocals are hypnotic as they command you to ?close your eyes.? The sax, guitar, and Carlish's crooning moans intertwine effortlessly.

Cut seven, Aquamarine with Grant Geissman, is as pellucid and refreshing as a pool of water. You?re swimming underwater and everything is that strange aqua blue and then suddenly you break the surface and nothing is the same.

Cut nine, Journey to Now with Grant Geissman & Brian Hughes has a faintly Arabian Nights feeling. It sounds like camels walking over sand dunes through the desert. The undulating sax swirls like a belly dancer twirling veils and clicking cymbals. The vocals are the final entreaty to join the caravan.

This CD is a definite buy! It is so smooth and handles so many feelings with the right lightness and depth; it just might be too good! Something this rich and creamy just has to be loaded with calories or bad for heart. Not! Listen and enjoy!

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: 3rd Force
  • CD Title: Gentle Force
  • Genre: Smooth Jazz
  • Year Released: 2002
  • Record Label: Higher Octave
  • Rating: Five Stars
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