This is my first 3rd Force album, but certainly not my last. You will hear hints of jazz and new age on this CD, both of which are not overplayed or exploited. Guests include Boney James, Brian Hughes [his style is easy to pick out], et al. There are tracks to which you can dance, and others that make you feel like your in a planetarium. Most of the music is tastefully eclectic, and I think I'm dissatisfied with only 1 track on the entire CD. All in all, this is a great one for driving--pick it up!
I had heard 3rd Force on the smooth jazz station form time to time and this was the first CD of thiers that I purchased. If this was an album I would have worn it out by now. I know that "purists" turn their nose up at "best of collections" as this is but almost every song on here is great. "Got to be Real" and "The Gift" were two that I transferred to my MP3 player for my running but the more I listen the more I like each one. We all have CD's that we favor and this one finds itself in my car CD changer often.
1 Dance With Me
2 Sweet Surrender
3 Bridge of Dreams
4 In the Full Moon Light
5 You Gotta Be Real
6 You Know My Heart
7 Something Special
8 Coming Home
9 Listen to Your Heart
10 Here Comes the Night
11 Revelation of the Heart
12 No Doubt
13 Give It All You Got
14 The Gift
15 Lift Me Higher
William Aura - Bass, Keyboards, Percussion, Producer, Vox Organ
Rick Braun - Flugelhorn
Rebecca Carlish - Vox Organ
Gerlando Compilati - Conga, Percussion
Craig Dobbin - Keyboards, Piano
Jeff Elliot - Trumpet
Alain Eskinasi - Bass, Guitar (Rhythm), Keyboards, Percussion
Grant Geissman - Guitar, Guitar (Electric), Slide Guitar
John Halblieb - Trumpet (Muted)
Richard Hardy - Flute, Saxophone
Gary Herbig - Saxophone
Brian Hughes - Guitar
Tony Karasek - Sitar
John Klemmer - Saxophone
Peer Rave - Drums
Peter Sterling - Harp
Paul Taylor- Saxophone
David Thomas - Keyboards
Peter White - Accordion, Guitar (Acoustic)
Recorded/Released 2000 on the Higher Octave Label and is catalog number 48855.
While the global dance community has never failed to make a commotion over European groovemeisters Count Basic, the West Coast-based keyboard trio 3rd Force has slowly amassed a catalog of music as rhythm intensive and melodically irresistible as its titles are pun-inflected (Forces of Nature, Vital Force, etc.). So many of their cuts -- anchored by synth wizard William Aura and enhanced by a host of eager smooth jazz stars like Craig Chaquico, Boney James, and Peter White -- have made it onto the airwaves that Higher Octave Music had no trouble gathering 13 well-known tracks to digitally remaster to form the bulk of Collective Force.
3rd Force's productions can be simple and sparse, as on "Here Comes the Night," which features a gentle acoustic piano intro and then a subtle, seductive groove and dreamy atmosphere behind Peter White's high-toned acoustic melody. Other pieces like "No Doubt" combine hypnotic synth swirls, hip-hop shuffling grooves, and an energetic flugelhorn and trumpet battle off the main melody. The two new tunes perfectly display this dichotomy: "Dance With Me" twines sprinkles of synth-generated tropical vibes, Grant Geissman's echoing electric guitar, and wah-wah snaps under a jumpy electric piano melody; "Sweet Surrender" finds White playing it cool on a lilting melody over a gently rhythmic flow, combining his nylon strings in certain parts with electronic flute and accordion sounds before he echoes those lines solo.
This CD has been test played to ensure you get what you pay for. No surprises here.
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