Thursday, January 13, 2011

Steve Oliver: Radiant (2006)

The smooth Jazz hit `Good to Go' is the best way to describe this project for Steve Oliver. The guitarist puts you into a feel good mood right from the outset on the cut `Feeling Good'. The smooth work on `Tradewinds' lures you into a somewhat funky groove. 'Cool' definitely lives up to it name and his rendition of Buffalo Springfield's 'For What it's Worth' is quite impressive. Equally impressive is the talent accompanying him on the project, featuring: former Al Jarreau saxophonist Michael Paulo, Spyro Gyra's keyboardist Tom Schuman, bassist Gerald Veasley and Stevie Wonders trumpet player Steve Madeao. This CD adds a little pop flavor to the mix with `Bend or Break'. A softer side of Steve Oliver is manifested in `Shine' and `Across the Water'. Putting all these factors together for the Radiant project, I can truly say this album is `Good to Go'!
01. Feeling Good
02. Tradewinds
03. For What Its Worth
04. Good To Go
05. Shadow of the Moon
06. Cool
07. Bend or Break
08. Across The Water
09. Reach the Sky
10. Shine
11. Radiant Dreams
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