Friday, October 30, 2015

CD Review: The Tenors On Tour, Meridian Arts Ensemble Spins Gold With "Alchemy" And Tommaso Monopoli Continues "Rolling" Along

From Canada comes the latest release from the vocal quartet known as The Tenors. Their new album titled "Under One Sky" is their fourth in seven years as they look to continue their string of platinum selling albums. The Tenors won the 2013 JUNO award for "Adult Contemporary Album Of The Year" and their latest release combines some of the group's original compositions with cover songs. The new sixteen-song deluxe edition of the album begins with the uplifting delivery of "A New Day's Begun," before heading into their wonderfully international cover of "Besame Mucho." The quartet pours their soul into this inspirational interpretation of Bill Withers' "Lean On Me," while "I Remember You" has pop gold written all over this potential hit single. Queen's "Who Wants To Live Forever" gets turned into the epic orchestral piece that it was meant to be, before showcasing their gentle touch to Joe Cocker's "You Are So Beautiful" as vocalist Kelly Levesque pours her heart into the performance. The Tenors simply amaze you with their voices in "Nella Fantasia" and bring you back down to Earth with the dance beats of "Under One Sky." The album closes with the emotional delivery of "When Worlds Collide" and "Tears In Heaven." The Tenors are currently on a U.S./Canadian tour which runs into February 2016. For a complete list of dates and to find out more about their latest release "Under One Sky," please visit
From New York City, comes the tenth studio album from the brass chamber band Meridian Arts Ensemble titled "Alchemy." It was released to celebrate the band's 25th anniversary and it explores the Baroque and Renaissance period of music. The 13-song release begins with "Gloria" from the "Mass for Five Voices" as you are put at peace with the warming tones of brass. The more subtle approach of "Plorate filii Israel" displays a restrain in keeping the right tone for the song's somber mood. The enlightenment of "Sonata Pian'e Forte" showcases the band's dedication to staying true to the sounds of that era. You can't help but follow the warm tones of the nearly seven-minute "The Musical Offering," before the Meridian Art Ensemble close the album with a demand of your full attention as they delivery the bright sounds of "Contrapunctus XV." The Meridian Arts Ensemble also released a live DVD of two very different types of performances. The first show is taken of their 2004 appearance at The Library Of Congress as they begin with the monumental "Fanfare For A New Theatre" from Igor Stravinsky and close with the steady delivery of Elliott Sharp's "Beyond The Curve." The second part of the DVD is taken from their appearance at the 1997 Deutsches Jazz Festival, where they stick to some of their own compositions, except for the closer "Some Skunk Funk" which shows the band's love for adventure into Frank Zappa-like experimental territory. To find out more about the Meridian Arts Ensemble, please visit their Facebook page at
Italian jazz drummer Tommaso Monopoli recently released his latest album "Accidental Rolling" back in September. The new nine-song album begins with the modern jazz fusion of "For Example" as Tommaso allows space for all the musicians to spread out and have their solos. They slow the tempo down for the seductive mood of "Love Love Now In Your Heart," before bringing out the funk-jazz flavor of "I Am Nobody." The band gets a little more "free form" on "Urban Jungle" then returns to the classic jazz appeal of "April Blues." The album closes with the mixed-tempo delivery of "Who Remains Not Forget" as Tommaso's drumming keeps the pace. To find out more about Tommaso Monopoli and his latest release "Accidental Rolling," please visit his Facebook page at

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