The sensations felt as the guitar interacts to jazz is similar of that to the first tender touch of a new romance. For it sparks chills and ignites tireless flames within. That in essence is what James Silberstein accomplishes with his debut project, as a leader, out of Consolidated Artists named "Song for Micaela". Launched in mid 2004 it is sure to find its way into countless core jazz devotees collections. Cherry picked selections of standards and originals allows the fiery moments and seductive sounds to just liberate themselves from the disk. A fine debut production and performance!
Mr. Silberstein confirms his excellence on strings yet he has a number of equally endowed talents that make this project work. On trumpet Randy Brecker, Carla Cook adds her seductive tones as vocal focus, Eric Alexander on tenor saxophone, Bruce Barth hits the keyboards, Harvie S and Tony Cimorosi team the bass, and Vince Cherico carries shotgun with the sticks. This sets the stage for "Song for Micaela" to step outside the jewel box.
Open box and go directly to the final cut Why Did I Choose You and his solo talent faces you directly with ballad-esc compassion. This is Mr. Silberstein introducing himself.
The inventive juices of Mr. Silberstein are showcased in Baubles, Bangles, and Beads. Cimorosi and Cherico also ad to the flair and flavor of this waltz-like sculpturing of the classic thus justifying the accolades the trio have received. A marvelous piece!
Another Silberstein treat is You’re My Everything, partnered with Harvie S and Cherico the piece is a standout on this project. Catch the strings on this cut, dynamic energy.
All discourse aside this project has shelf life. Mr. Silberstein can hang his hat on this one and the jazz community awaits his next accomplishment. Song for Micaela never looks back nor should it!
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