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Ratings and Reviews

WKellerman ,

Wonderful continuum!

BREEZE is so very soothing and relaxing with sections seamlessly melded together, all riding on a great feel with a gait-like rhythm. It’s so true to its name, bringing so much with it…something infinite, just like the breeze!

MDiamond ,

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus

If anyone does a great job of reflecting the many faces of southern California in music it is keyboardist/composer Curtis Macdonald. Curtis describes the album as: “Celebrating the release of obligation with a tribute to sunrise horizons and moonlit beaches." Blending his signature single line piano melodies with elements of new age, jazz, chill, electronica, and world beat music, Curtis’ music creates vivid pictures in the mind’s eye of the listener. One of the things that make Curtis’ music so popular and accessible is his finely tuned melodic sensibility.

Right from the very start, there is a buoyant effervescent quality to the opening track that brought to mind the iconic tune, “Celestial Soda Pop” by Ray Lynch, as a bouncy electronic sequence sets the stage for the journey. Its happy upbeat groove makes you feel like taking a deep breath and just going with the flow. One of the things I’ve always appreciated about Curtis’ music is how exquisitely detailed and layered it is – a tribute to his skill as a composer and arranger.

Some of Curtis’ music is quite personal, especially a track called “The Sun and Your Smile,” which was inspired by the love of his soul mate. Not surprisingly, there is a warm romantic feel that is captured in the mellow ambiance and laid back tempo of this piece. On a track entitled “Shadows on the Shore,” I particularly liked the contrast and balance between the very present and grounded rhythm track and the dreamy, lost in thought feel of the piano and synth layers. There is definitely a tropical feel to a number of the songs as indicated in titles like “Calm Islands,” “Enchanted Sands,” “Lazy By The Bay,” “Passenger In Paradise,” and more. The final track “On the Waves of Freedom” drew inspiration from Curtis watching the windsurfers in Ventura, CA. The upbeat contemporary electronic groove of this piece really does capture a wind in your face feel and the sense of freedom that this album is all about. A perfect ending!

I must call attention once again to Curtis’ well-developed skills in composition and arranging. Every piece held my attention from start to finish with their blend of elements, intriguing twists and turns, and little surprises that pop up unexpectedly. His interweaving of influences from smooth jazz, electronic, chill, new age, and more is a trademark that defines Curtis’ unique style. There is a joyous carefree quality to this music that draws you in and takes you along for the ride – one that you don’t want to end. I absolutely love this album and know that I will return to it frequently as my own little musical get-away.

To read a full-length feature article on this album as well as others, please visit: MichaelDiamondMusic.com

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