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A Great Album!

“The Tide’s In” is a joyful, life-affirming collection of world-jazz songs and instrumentals by guitarist Brian Rolland. Rolland’s 2006 release, “Dreams of Brazil,” was qualified for nomination for Album of the Year in the Acoustic-Instrumental category by New Age Reporter, and I would expect similar accolades for his newest work. Of the twelve tracks, five are instrumentals and the others are vocals. All of the pieces are original except Rolland’s lovely arrangements of the traditional “The Water Is Wide” and Paul Simon’s “African Skies.” Full of vibrant energy yet very relaxing, “The Tide’s In” provides the listener with a one-hour vacation on a tropical island, sipping a cool drink and watching the ocean’s lazy rhythm. Brian Rolland is an extensively-trained guitarist who draws from a very wide variety of influences ranging from classical guitar to jazz, fusion, Latin, country, blues, Brazilian, African, and rock. Along with Rolland on guitars, vocals, and piano, the band includes John Lockwood on bass; Bob Weiner and Eguie Castillo on percussion; Dave Mattacks on drums, piano, and percussion; and Hope Carpenter, Marianne Murphy, and Katy Auburn on vocals. The sound is full and rich, yet maintains a feeling of intimacy. In a phrase, this is one great album! The title track begins the album with guitar,female vocals, and light percussion, setting a mood of laid-back bliss. “Free Fall” picks up the pace with a lively guitar-driven instrumental that includes bass and percussion that add to the exotic quality of the piece. “Doliber’s Cove” is about as serene as it can be with beautiful guitar over gentle percussion. “Water Is Wide” is a traditional song that has been widely covered the past several years. Rolland’s arrangement is called “Collage/Water Is Wide” and is quite different. Starting with just piano and Rolland’s voice, it begins very simply and slowly. The piano starts picking up the pace, a rhythm track is added, and then it becomes almost a party song with female voices singing “Roll me along.” Bass is added, and then Rolland starts the song again, continuing with a female voice behind him and the tropical rhythm building. A great arrangement! One of my favorites is “Somewhere,” more of a smooth jazz piece with simple poetic lyrics and a gorgeous, sensuous melody. I also really like “Kick It,” the first single from the album. Mostly an instrumental, the vocals on this piece are used as another instrument. A very strong rhythm and some tasty guitar work make this a real toe-tapper and smile-maker. “Catch Me If You Can” is another great instrumental. Slowing the pace a bit, it still has an infectious energy and some terrific guitar playing. “Moonlight Holds the Key” closes the set with intriguing lyrics about moonlight, artists, and colors in music, carried on a gentle rhythm and beautiful melodic line. “The Tide’s In” is a outstanding album for winding down, a summer party, or just pure listening pleasure. Sure to please!

The Tide Is Certainly In-Great Soothing Jazz Guitar Work!

Brian Rolland is a seasoned jazz player with several studio albums and many years of practical training behind him. On the 2007 release The Tide’s In, he has a host of great support behind him to make the recording exceptional. Rolland plays all the guitars, and adds some vocals while the rest of his band (see credits) provides the quintessential support necessary for a great recording. The Tide’s In shows the many talents of Brian Rolland. The opening track sets the pace and creates a nice healing atmosphere with some lovely female vocals that encourages Brian’s guitar to step deeper into the flowing waters. This is an invitation to musical enchantment that is only the beginning. As it turns out this does set the precedence for the album. I felt the songs where Rolland used his female counterparts to cover the vocals were the most appealing. His guitars do most of the talking throughout this recording however; yet he does an adequate job with the vocals he contributes. The instrumentals are particularly interesting because the focus is entirely on Rolland’s incredibly talented six-string virtuoso. He is an accomplished jazz musician that likes to inject his music with tropical Latin flavors and dashes of pop. “Free Fall” and “Millennium Calypso” are a great stage for this accomplished musician to capture your imagination with his fluid and precise playing. As much as I appreciated the tracks that had vocals I think kicking back and soaking up the instrumentals where what made me realize just how good of a guitar player Rolland is. “Kick It” is a great tune, full of life and inspired with catchy guitar riffs and one line throughout-“Grab your hat, kick it back! There are some nice rhythmic vocal workouts with some old-fashioned humming and scatting to feed the guitar frenzy. Brian really cuts loose on this track offering up some of his very best guitar work and it turns out to be the best song on the album. Another instrumental comes in right behind it titled “Catch Me If You Can.” This music reminded of one of my favorite jazz albums of all time, Harlequin featuring Dave Grusin and Lee Ritenour, for me that was sweet because I was discovering jazz at the time that album came out. For this listener, this is one of the highest forms of compliments that I could give an artist and it is well deserving indeed. Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck-April 30, 2008

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  • $9.99
  • Genres: World, Music
  • Released: Nov 13, 2007

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