Virtuoso bassist, Eddie Gomez, teams up with pianist, Mark Kramer in a delightful jazz project. Art Of The Heart
offers a selection of classy ballads we all associate with the 1950s and with some of the best-known male vocalists of the period. Gomez and Kramer picked a dozen romantic pieces from the repertoires of Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis and Nat "King" Cole. How can they miss?
In their brief but interesting notes, Mark Kramer and Eddie Gomez quickly summarize their project. Kramer says, in part, "This is a music that lives on the razor’s edge of a very fine attention" and continues "The attention required in "making" this music had to renew itself often, e.g., at the points in which inspiration turns to expiration and vice versa." Eddie Gomez equates the creation of an album with childbirth. "All the stages are crucial: conception, pre production, recording, nurturing and post production; all necessary to give the child (CD) the best chance possible to blossom into a healthy, well adjusted, prosperous individual."
The duo have certainly done their homework and turned twelve rather simple melodies into complex but listenable performances. Here is a CD that dashes the imaginary boundaries between classical music, straight-ahead jazz and easy listening fare. The Art Of The Heart
is fresh, airy, intense and absolutely beautiful.