'Dreams of Brazil' spent the Spring of 2006 on the Charts, zooming to #12 at the New Age Reporter after it's debut at #54 in February. With extensive airplay throughout the US and Canada, and on the airwaves in Europe, South America, and Australia, Brian Rolland is also being seen on Public Television all across North America. (see the details below). Named #68 of the top 100 New Age albums for 2006, after being up nomination as Album of the Year (Acoustic-Instrumental category)
'Touching, Soothing, Perfect. Awesome interpretation of the music of love.'
-Henry Brun, KRTU, San Antonio, Texas
'Excellent World/Jazz hybrid'
-Zeitgeist (full review below)
'Dreams of Brazil' is a truly wonderful gift to every music lover'
-Serge Kozlovsky, Minsk Radio, Belarus
'For sheer musical radiance and relaxation, it doesn't get any better than 'Dreams of Brazil'
-20th Century Guitar magazine
'I was so pleasantly surprised by this album. I never dreamt that I'd enjoy EVERY track. It is just beautiful and I'll be playing every track at one time or another...it's just so damn good!'
-Harold Ellsion, TripleU-FM, NSW, Australia
'Your fantastic music always plays on my radio show!!!!'
-Pietro, Vinilemania (latin/jazz radio) Parma, Italy
'New Age music with Jazz roots: Brian Rolland is a strong, mature guitarist who should have been famous years ago. 'Dreams of Brazil'...works equally well as quiet background music, or, for the serious listener, with the headphones full up'
-David L. King, "The Charitable Guitarist"
'Difficult as it is, I had to put the phrase hippy claptrap firmly to one side when listening to this excellent jazz/world hybrid album. But that was only because the the words New Age appeared on the bio sheet, something guaranteed to have me reaching for my shooting iron.
'However, I believe in giving most people a fair hearing and I'm glad I did for classically trained gutarist Brian Rolland is a joy to behear.
'Each tune is an aural adventure and exploration of the sounds and nuances of Brazil, each twist and turn enveloping you into the spirit the guitar engenders.
'It's a constant delight that reveals more with every play. The absolute highlight is the solo guitar piece, 'In A Silent Way', that just ebbs through your consciousness'
Rolland is a brilliant, eclectic guitarist and composer whose travels through many and varied musical worlds have coalesced into a warm, inviting, and intimate command of The Guitar and her heritage of sheer beauty of sound.
"Dreams of Brazil" portrays a day and its events rendered in a palette of optimistic, upbeat guitar music influenced by Brazilian rhythms and themes.
Accompanied by John Lockwood on bass, Bob Weiner on drums and percussion, and a quartet of background vocalists, Rolland's wonderful virtuosity is put in the service of creating fantastic, compelling lyric and visual musicscapes.
Look for Brian on the premier episode of 'FREQUENCY' on Public Television throughout the US, Canada and other markets as of Fall 2006. Hosted by saxist DAVE COZ, the EPISODE PROFILES BRIAN, SEAN LENNON, EMMY LOU HARRIS, others.
Brian's page MySpace.com/brianrolland provides links to other reviews and press commentary, and also some previews of the upcoming, more electric, 'The Tide's In' album, for those of you who want to hear and know more......or just Google him.
And don't forget to check out 'Long Night's Moon', Brian's solo guitar album, also available here at CDBaby!