Phil Herschel | Grand Entrance

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Grand Entrance

by Phil Herschel

A powerful, upbeat mix of instrumental music; elaborate drums, rhythms, and original sounds will take you on a unique musical journey.
Genre: New Age: Progressive Electronic
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1. Good Times
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2. Go Forth
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3. Power Pulse
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4. Grand Entrance
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5. One Day
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6. Western Drums
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7. Victory
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8. On Time
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9. Uncharted
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10. Carry Away
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11. Water Dance
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12. Until Then
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Like a mix between Yanni, and Patrick O'Hearn. Phil Herschel's 2nd album 'Grand Entrance' is a powerful blend of instrumentals set to the sound of uplifting beats, and tunes. These 12 compositions use a catchy mix of electric guitars, fanfare-like instrumentals, and percussive textures.

Phil Herschel has been entertaining for over 15 years, on the electronic keyboard, with a style of play often compared to Yanni, and Patrick O'Hearn.

Visit Phil Herschel on the web for more information, www.todaysmusic.com

"Good Times" - street-corner funk swaying down the avenue amidst synth horns, wah-wah guitar, and kinetic beats and oh-so-heavy bassy synth notes.

"Power Pulse" - opens with various echoed minor key synths accompanied by piano chords. The song is a blend of power and mystery as a snaky keyboard takes up the lead melody and then yields to a strident horn patch.

"Grand Entrance" - The title cut dials up the drama several more notches, with thundering tom toms and soaring synth strings, along with other percussive textures. The song has a certain instrumental prog rock feeling to it, mostly due to the rhythm section.

"One Day" - like a blend of Patrick O'Hearn and Kudzu. "One Day" unites arrhythmic ethnic percussion with keyboard washes to paint a primal/tribal soundscape.

"Western Drums" - has some Native American textures courtesy of the hand drum opening.

"Victory" - triumphant fanfare-like instrumentals start powerfully, get a tad subdued, and then begin revving up again.

"Uncharted" - an appropriately eerie EM number, a little like the music from Robyn Miller's 'Riven' soundtrack, but less shadowy.

"Carry Away" - begins as the "spaciest" and most overt EM track on the CD, full of twinkling synths, soaring washes of keyboards, and a sense of cruising the bywaters of the cosmos, but morphs into a new age treatise on flute and guitar.

"Water Dance" - is another high-energy blast of EM, including some background Berlin school textures with the cascading synth keyboard running flit over the percussion.

"Until Then" - closes the album with a somber, low-key, and somewhat reflective piece combining a mixture of minor key synths, quasi-tribal rhythms, and haunting melodies.
-by Bill Binkelman


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Charles Wellington

Amazing
Grand Entrance is the "Stairway to Heaven" of electronic Keyboarding. What can i say, I have a copy for the car and my home stereo. 5 stars. Phill Herschel is God.

Bill Binkelman - 'Wind and Wire'

...a healthy dose of snappy, catchy accessible melodies and rhythms...
Phil Herschel's second album, Grand Entrance, is the proverbial mixed-bag of electronic keyboard contemporary instrumentals: a little funk, a dash of jazz, a teaspoonful of new age music, a smidgen of ambient and EM, and a healthy dose of snappy, catchy accessible melodies and rhythms.

The album launches itself confidently with the street-corner funk of "Good Times," swaying down the avenue amidst synth horns, wah-wah guitar, and kinetic beats and oh-so-heavy bassy synth notes. "Power Pulse" is one of the better tracks on the CD, opening with various echoed minor key synths in accompanied by piano chords. The song is a blend of power and mystery as a snaky keyboard takes up the lead melody and then yields to a strident horn patch.

The title cut dials up the drama several more notches, with thundering tom toms and soaring synth strings, along with other percussive textures. The song has a certain instrumental prog rock feeling to it, mostly due to the rhythm section.

Herschel deftly traverses the various landscapes that this CD crosses over and through. I enjoyed listening to this album every time I played it.