Saturday, May 4, 2013

CD Review: Blake Whyte Releases Debut, While Quattro Mixes Music Styles On "Popzzical"

First up is singer/songwriter Blake Whyte with his recently released debut album “More Like Myself." The album was released on April 7th, produced by Whyte along with Jeffrey Lee Campbell (Sting) and focuses on Whyte’s lyrics as his backing band tries to fleash out the overall sound of the album.
 
The beginning of the album sounds like Blake is performing live, giving his advice to the crowd in "You Don't Know Me...Sorry Bout It." He then heads towards mainstream pop with "Win or Lose" as he pulls off some Jason Mraz mannerisms with his fun, loving lyric rolls. He combines hip-hop dance beats with his natural acoustic folk sound to create one great summer anthem in "Summer Love Soul" as Blake trades lyrics with Celisse Henderson. Blake shows us his softer side with the piano ballad "Letting You Go," before hitting the album's climax with the six-minute epic sounding "What I Want." The album begins to wind down with a loving tribute to his father, "Daddy's Son," and the lush, laid back ballad "Sadie's Song." Then the album finishes up with Blake at the piano for "Whirled."
 
Blake Whyte will be performing a free show on May 12 at the Rockwood Music Hall in New York City. For more information on this show and about Blake's new CD "More Like Myself," please visit blakewhyte.com.
 
Next up is the international foursome known as Quattro with their latest release, "Popzzical." They mix in elements of classical music with jazz, pop and salsa music to create a unique, but inviting sound.
 
The album starts off with "Balia" as Quattro add some Spanish flair to their music. They dive head first into "Fusion," which was written by Antonio Vivaldi as Quattro arrange the music to suit their style. The song "Good Morning Woodmere" has a calming, but up-tempo feel as they continue to surprise the listener with all this great music. The jazzy-pop of "Good Day" shows another side to this group's overall appeal, but their strengths lie in the contemporary sound of "Seguire Amandote." Quattro also take on Frtiz Kreisler's "Preludium and Allegro" in their version of "Solstice," before closing the album with the up-tempo, fun sounding "Hanna Bi."
 
To find out more about Quattro, please visit the band's website at quattrosound.com.

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