When I first received the release Songs from the Stone
from pan-flute and quasi-trumpet artist G. Davis Falkenstein, I was expecting to hear music of the nature of keyboardist David Arkenstone. Was I pleasantly surprised. Falkenstein presents many aspects of smooth jazz, acid jazz and experimental new age together to make a mostly enjoyable CD. There are a couple of tracks that became very obnoxious after a time, but the release has some very good surprises.
I was expecting the closing track Come in Peace
to be a very solemn track. Instead it is 70's tinged soul track that brings back memories of the movie Shaft
. The track Rain Forest Jazz
gives an updated look at Paul Hardcastle's hit Rain Forest
with a flavor all its own. Also of note is that Songs from the Stone
is primarily uptempo songs. I was expecting a couple more slower numbers, but was pleasantly surprised.
G. Davis Falkenstein has a knack with the material presented here. Some of this material is made for the movies or television. Falkenstein has a bright future.