CD Voices

 

Renowned jazz violinist Michael White derives inspiration from love, healing, inspiration and hope to consummate these rather striking sequence of musical events. With percussionist Kenneth Nash’ mystical cymbal shadings and guitarist Timothy Young’s intricate chord voicings, the music iterated here is founded upon a spiritually uplifting vibe. Here, White explores microtonal based mysticisms counterbalancing his soaring lines often accompanied by Leisei Chen’s wordless vocals. In addition, the ensemble pursues ostinato motifs, mid-tempo swing vamps and other hybrid, jazz-based forays. 

 

The violinist’s mode of attack also includes a warm-hearted calypso groove on “Fiesta Dominical,” and a soul-stirring, inward-looking spin on the standard “My One And Only Love.” Bass great Cecil McBee closely contrasts White’s sweet-toned phrasings via his impeccable timing and harmonically attractive voicings. This endeavor is seemingly steeped within a plight to uncover a hidden beauty of sorts as White’s artistic mastery radiates in multifarious colors here! - Glenn Astarita

 

Michael White: violin; Timothy Young: guitar; Cecil McBee: bass; Kenneth Nash: percussion; Leisei Chen: vocals.

 

Glenn Astarita