John Raymond Pollard | Sand Surf Sea & Sky

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Sand Surf Sea & Sky

by John Raymond Pollard

A refreshing, broadly-styled acoustic tapestry woven with memorable melodies, compelling rhythms, acoustic instrumentation, poetic lyrics, and a rich voice. Bossa novas, Brazilian and Caribbean rhythms, folk, and rock.
Genre: World: World Fusion
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1. Count on You
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3:28 $0.99
2. Bittersweet
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3:20 $0.99
3. Ghosts
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4:44 $0.99
4. Beginner's Luck
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4:53 $0.99
5. Flesh and Spirit
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3:47 $0.99
6. Meu Coração, Mi Corazón
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3:25 $0.99
7. Isle Coast
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4:38 $0.99
8. Snow
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4:19 $0.99
9. Weatherman
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4:11 $0.99
10. Tango de los Desaparecidos
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3:42 $0.99
11. Patrícia Angelica
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12. (ellipse)
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13. Hit and Run
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14. The Law of Desire
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Album Notes
"SandSurfSea&Sky" paints emotional and melodic beach, sky, and seascapes.

Songs genres include bossa nova, pop, inventive rock, folk, reggae, and tango.

Poetic lyrics depict 14 scenes worthy of attention.

The sound is intimate, yet non-invasive: mostly acoustic instrumentation, compelling rhythms, and a rich voice.

Ghosts, a haunting tribute, and the light-hearted Beginner's Luck, which rides a reggae groove to guitar, trumpet, and organ sounds, hint at the breadth of the album's compositions.

In richly textured arrangements, an array of instruments, from a-gó-gó and birembau to vibraphone and wind tube, weave seamlessly with lyrics and voice.

Bandoneon, piano, acoustic guitar, and castanets give Tango de los Desaparecidos a vibrant, soulful sound.

Patrícia Angelica, the lone song with Portuguese lyrics, flows to gentle Brazilian rhythms.

Snow and (ellipse) feature non-standard guitar tunings and resound with a vivid, dreamy quality.

Lyrics of Count on You, a pop tune, feature wordplay on ordinal and cardinal numbers.

"SandSurfSea&Sky" is subtly engaging. It invites and refreshes like a tropic breeze in mid-winter. The mellow, sultry sounds and great lyrics are perfect for romantic or solitary listening.

The album can be satisfying, as well, when played as soft background or mood music.

You won't tire of listening to this one.


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Steve Kaplowitz

Refreshing, a calm in the storm of today's music. One of the few artists who does not cover up his lyrics with overpowering background!

Janice Kelley

Transports the soul from New England winter to the beaches of Brazil
SandSurfSea&Sky is a wonderful mixture of sensual, exotic music and intelligent, sensitive lyrics. The quality of the production is such that although the CD moved through several different styles, it has a seamless, dreamy quality that makes it a complete listening experience, not just a complilation of songs. I found myself remembering warm summers and beautiful vacation spots -- no mean feat while battling traffic into work on a Monday in January.

Maximo Cruz Filho

Since I knew John Pollard in Salvador/Bahia,and he talked about their CD,I became curious to hear the songs.The brasilian influence is great.I loved Surf Sea & Sky.