Al Daniels | Life in the Balance

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Life in the Balance

by Al Daniels

Contemporary Jazz Piano in a mix of World Music, Latin, and R&B with some vocals Featuring: Andrew Ford / Larry Steen-Bass; Land Richards-Drums; Craig Sharmat, Mark Daniels & Linda Taylor-Guitars; Steve Alaniz-Reeds; Tony Lujan-Trumpet
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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1. Jazzed Cats
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2. Life in the Balance
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3. Waterfall
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4. A Journey Without End
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5. New Blues Thang
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6. Afraid to Call it Love
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7. The Road to Salamanca
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8. The Gospel Truth
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9. Samba-Al
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10. Intimate Pursuit
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Jazziz magazine featured this CD in April 97 after pianist/composer Al Daniels won recognition in a competition sponsored by them. It features that piece Intimate Pursuit, as well as nine others in a contemporary genre.

The band, on the other tunes, is made up of L.A. musicians who are currently on tour with Al Jarreau (Andrew Ford), Tracy Chapman (Linda Taylor), and Bobby Caldwell (Land Richards). There are also two great vocal tracks, sung by Al, that break up this all instrumental CD.

\"...Keyboardist Al Daniels has produced, composed, and arranged a very attractive contemporary jazz album.\" - L.A. Jazz Scene

\"...perfectly balances commercial-pop keyboard sensibilities with a sense of true musical adventure.\" - Jazziz Magazine


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Tommy G. - Atlanta

BUY THIS CD! It's worth twice the price.
Fasten you seatbelts and observer the no smoking sign. Life In The Balance from pianist/composer Al Daniels will get you flying. It opens with a wonderful jazz statement, JAZZED CATS, one of those feel good tunes that force a grin on your face. Next, LIFE IN THE BALANCE, the title cut, starts with a Manhattan Transfer scat, and then takes you on a blue path. WATERFALL has a heart pumping beat that forces you to play it again before continuing to the next cut. A JOURNEY WITHOUT END possesses that rare feel few musicians can pull off. NEW BLUES THANG is anything but blue, funky to the max. AFRAID TO CALL IT LOVE sounds like James Ingram should have picked this up. THE ROAD TO SALAMANCA, my favorite tune on the CD, has a wonderful laid-back feel and Daniels is running on all keyboard cylinders. THE GOSPEL TRUTH has a clever melody, a nice progression and a great Hammond B3 sound where you can almost feel the Leslie speaker rotating around you. SAMBA – AL will teach you how to kick back and enjoy a melodic Latin breeze, and finally wrapping up this collection is a wonderful solo affidavit. INTIMATE PURSUIT seems to be as much a display of Al's compositional aptitude as it is a portrait of his inner attitude. My advice, BUY THIS CD! It's worth twice the price. Thanks Al, for creating such an auditory gem.