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Good Life

Good Life

  • Door Herman Lee
  • Release 13-7-2010
  • Muziekgenre Jazz
  • Media-indeling CD
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This album has be described by one listener as one with great styling, tenderness, lyrical quality, moving, thoughtful, exciting interludes, all with the timing of a genius! Herman Lee has been preparing for this eventuality all of his life. Good is literally an understatement as this album shares Lee's love for music through a broad spectrum of songs throughout time. Herman gives his audience a taste of his appreciation for music as he plays standards that breech the era of time and takes one on a timeless journey of love and happiness. Marks and Simons jazz standard, "All of Me" features his two sons, Brandon Lee on trumpet and Daleton Lee on drums. Classical and jazz bassist, Lex Valk joins in with guitarist, Victor Delargarza to make their musical contributions. In the song, "I Know It Was The Blood," Herman fuses his gospel roots with a taste of blues organ to take one back to the days of "hand clapping" and "foot stomping" in his traditional Baptist Church. The bassist, Henry Hudson, had the dubious assignment of locking in the bass line that could be heard throughout this selection In an attempt to bridge the old with the new, Herman chooses Karen Zellers Sevier's contemporary gospel song, "I Live to Worship You," which ushers in the presence of God through the harmonic sounds of Carl Progue on the saxophone and Victor Delagarza on the guitar. Each player embodies this worship song and leaves just enough room for one to bask in the moment. On solo piano, Lee pays tribute to sacred music with a medley of hymns that became standard in the church..."Softly and Tenderly," What A Friend We Have In Jesus," and "Jesus Loves Me." The essence of Latin music is captured with percussionist, Al Pagliluso joined by drummer, Daleton Lee to give the rhythmic pulse needed to revive the popular Poncho Sanchez standard, "Cinderella." The percussion section owned the beat supported by the Latin bassist, Tim Ruiz. Additionally, the spicy solos of trumpeter, Brandon Lee, vocalist, David Delagarza and renowned trombonist, Andre Hayward topped off this rendition. Herman's piano and organ provides just enough to add color to this Latin dance classic. The mood of the 60's is revived with the Beetles hit, " Yesterday". It's chorus is supported with a beautiful string arrangement played by violinist, Shana Bey. That trip down memory lane led to the Stevie Wonder hit, "You Are the Sunshine of my Life" and Ashford and Simpson's "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing." Victor Delagarza's solos on both songs give depth to the soulful sounds of the 60's. Brandon adds a little trumpet in way that Miles Davis would be proud. Herman also captures a bit of history while playing the Rodgers and Hart standard, "My Funny Valentine". The ballad is played with such preciseness and deliberately speaks the language of love. Lastly, Herman sought out the title track by performing the Reardon and Distel standard, "The Good Life" with Victor Delagarza on the guitar. For a little over half a century, Herman has been able to experience "The Good Life,' and it is because of that life that he has put together this compilation of songs and talented musicians. While listening to this album, take a moment to reflect on how good life truly is.

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Kunstenaar: Herman Lee
Titel: Good Life
Genre: Jazz
Releasedatum: 13-7-2010
Label: CD Baby
Media-indeling: CD
UPC: 884501314015
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