Acoustic Alchemy - The Very Best Of Acoustic Alchemy (2002)

Acoustic Alchemy - The Very Best Of Acoustic Alchemy (2002)

Artist: Acoustic Alchemy
Title: The Very Best Of Acoustic Alchemy
Year Of Release: 2002
Label: GRP Records
Genre: Smooth Jazz
Quality: FLAC (image + .cue, log, artwork) / MP3
Total Time: 01:16:16
Total Size: 507 MB / 189 MB


01. Mr. Chow [03:08]
02. Catalina Kiss [04:36]
03. Ariane [04:56]
04. Jamaica Heartbeat [05:35]
05. Caravan of Dreams [03:01]
06. Playing for Time [06:04]
07. Lazeez [04:54]
08. The Stone Circle [04:18]
09. The Alchemist [03:56]
10. Shoot the Loop [05:20]
11. Same Road, Same Reason [04:53]
12. Cool as a Rule [03:51]
13. Georgia Peach [04:26]
14. Casino [03:53]
15. Reference Point [04:32]
16. Red Dust and Spanish Lace[08:46]


Greg Carmichael (steel guitar, nylon-string guitar);
John Parsons, Nick Webb (electric guitar, steel guitar);
Karl Heinz Wiberny (saxophone);
Derrick James (alto saxophone);
Randy Brecker (trumpet);
Rainer Bruninghaus (piano, keyboards);
Mike Herting (keyboards, synthesizer);
Terry Disley (keyboards);
Gunnar Plumer (acoustic bass);
Mario Argandona (vocals, percussion);
Dan Tomlinson (drums, cymbals);
Bert Smaak (drums, percussion, drum programming);
Klaus Genuit (percussion, programming);
Luis Jardim (percussion).

Cynics might point out the reality that greatest-hits packages on artists who have left a label are a ploy to milk the consumer, but the consumers care more about a solid package full of their favorite songs from the artist. The new Acoustic Alchemy (with Miles Gilderdale replacing the late founding guitarist, Nick Webb, as Greg Carmichael's partner) is riding high on Higher Octave Music, but the material on this collection -- part of a new GRP collection series -- will always be, to the true Acoustic Alchemy fan, the real deal. AA's post-Webb sound is fancy and feisty, extremely soulful, and very attractive. Yet, there's something more intimate about the way Carmichael and Webb interacted; theirs was a union of true musical soul mates. This wonderful 16-track collection from their GRP and earlier MCA "Master Series" projects was chosen and sequenced by their manager, Stewart Coxhead, and he smartly picks all the crowd favorites: "Mr. Chow," "Catalina Kiss," "Same Road, Same Reason," and more. The range from pop to Latin to reggae is fun to experience again. There's obviously a poignancy to all this because of Webb's 1998 death, but it's more important to celebrate the legacy. As syndicated radio host and Catalina Island Jazz Trax festival promoter Art Good says simply in his liner notes, "These are good songs." More importantly, they speak of an innocent time, the early days of smooth jazz when even the gentlest of these could become radio hits. ~ Jonathan Widran
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