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Natural Processes

by Van Decker

This is a solo, concept album with songs about nature featuring six original works by composer/guitarist, Van Decker. The compositions combine synthesized sounds, nature sounds, and jazz guitar to create what Decker calls, Jazz Electronique.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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1. Desert Crossing
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2. An Ode to Mr. Wind
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3. Twilight Samba
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4. Hittin' the Beach
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5. In a Woodland
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6. Lazy Day Blues
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Van Decker, Ph.D., currently teaches music at Imperial
Valley College and performs with various jazz & rock groups in the
Imperial Valley (CA). He holds both a Masters Degree (CSULB) and a
Doctorate (UCSD) in music composition. Over the years his compositions
have been performed by many different ensembles including: The Lansing
Symphony Orchestra, The CSULB Steel Drum Ensemble, The CSULB Master
Chorale and The UCSD Concert Band. Also, his songs and guitar playing can
be heard in two films: "Fear Dot Com" and "Parasomnia". Born in Michigan,
he began as the lead guitarist for "The Plagues" and shortly after,
he formed Michigan's own, "Plain Brown Wrapper"


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Debbie

Amazingg
This is great album and i suggest it to anyone who loves music. It has a new sound with great jazz and is really one of a kind. My favorite song is an ode to mr.wind because of how peaceful it was and how it made me feel. If you need some music that will make you feel out of this world this is the one. Great album and I can only hope he will come out with more great songs just like these ones.

Clark Baker

Mutiple Facets
Dr. Decker draws upon his arsenal of talents and life experiences, showing that he CAN and does practice what he teaches!

Scott

Jazzy Groovin
This is a great CD. I frequently listen to it at work because these tunes transport me to a relaxing oasis. I especially liked Mr. Wind, I felt like I was enjoying a quiet nap in an isolated grove of trees. It's easy listening, but with pleasant and stimulating jazzy rythmns. Very creative. I look forward to other releases from this artist.

John Karns

Solid composition and performance
This CD is a great showcase on both counts of performance and musical compositional skills. The tasteful arrangements and colorful orchestration are solid evidence of the artist's years of dedicated music study. Congratulations are in order for achieving the long-time goal of getting some great compositions in distributable form for the enjoyment of those of us who appreciate good music!

John Karns

Chuck Sweitzer

Well done my friend...
I've been a friend and fan of Van's music since before I ever met him, going back to the days of "The Plagues". Later we joined forces as "Plain Brown Wrapper" and did some recording and touring around the midwestern states. To my ears, one of Van's most defining qualities has been a sense of enthusiastic innocence. I'm glad to hear that this has not been sacrificed on the alter of education. I like this collection, especially "In a woodland", track 5. Give us more, VanMan!!!

Bryan Stewart

Five Stars
This cd contains a collection of tunes which are very earthy and flowing. Nice rhythms which are changed up sometimes unexpectedly, producing an interesting , anything but predictable form . Pleasing chord changes and melodies round these rhythms out with the end result being an extremely listenable set of compositions. Mr. Van Decker has succeeded in making the tunes transport the listener into another place. A place you'll like. Relax , kick back and enjoy!


“place”. I highly
suggest this cd if you like the smooth jazz sound . It will
relax your spirits and improve your mood , just as a walk in
the woods or rowing a canoe on a sunny day might do.
- Bryan Stewart

Dave Livingston

Natural Van
My good friend has created some catchy tunes and performs them with a very tasteful approach. The rhythms of each tune float along smoothly and allow him to display his guitar and keys work over top. The change-ups are good and the progressions are pleasing. As can be said about any CD worth listening to, "It's pretty tasty". It was my distinct honor to have worked with Dr. Decker for a number of years in "Plain Brown Wrapper". We can hope that this offering is but the first of many more creative works from this man who takes music seriously. Bravo!

Don Martini

Natural Processes
Van Decker’s recently released CD is a concept album entitled Natural Processes, and the songs are evocative of nature in its various forms. His use of guitar, keyboards and synthesizer should give this CD a wide appeal, and his use of chord progressions, counter melodies, meter changes, and poly-rhythyms take your ear on a trip you won’t soon forget. This is a CD definitely worth checking out.






Sam Dragon

Jazzy Groovin
This is a great CD. I frequently listen to it at work because these tunes transport me to a relaxing oasis. I especially liked Mr. Wind, I felt like I was enjoying a quiet nap in an isolated grove of trees. It's easy listening, but with pleasant and stimulating jazzy rythmns. Very creative. I look forward to other releases from this artist.

Marc Decker

Techno-jazz
Loved the album. The jazz scales and synth sounds make it possible to visualize what the artist sees. Truly a one man symphony. Good luck and keep 'em coming.