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Cornish, Bill: Kaleidoscope

Bill Cornish is another name I have recently had the pleasure of getting to know. He is the keyboardist for the rock/fusion band The Odd Get Even and has shared the stage with some excellent musicians like Steve Lukather, Zack Wylde and Skunk Baxter. On his latest solo CD Cornish adds piano, organ, synths, percussion and his joined by Bill Ray (drums) along with guest musicians Eric Davies (guitar, lap steel) and Eric Bolvin (trumpet).

Kaleidoscope is a very good album. Although his songs could be placed under the jazz umbrella Cornish never stays in one genre for too long as he moves from melodic fusion, to jazz, to orchestral, to funk, to World music with tremendous ease and fluidity. Whether it is the funk soaked groove in "A Little Bit O' Funk" or the pretty solo piano in the tender ballads "Peace" and "Solitude" there is an awful lot of solid music to dig into here. Other highlights include the hard driving fusion of the album's first track "Cruise Control", the atmospheric "Five Sides to Every Story" and the piano led "Skye" with excellent lap steel guitar giving the song extra depth and texture. His percussion work also gives some of the tracks a Caribbean feel, most notably the uplifting grooves in "Sidewinder" and "Left Coast".

The musicianship on Kaleidoscope is excellent with good melodies and arrangements making it very easy to listen to. I look forward to exploring more of his discography.

Track Listing:
1. Cruise Control
2. Hanging By a Thread
3. Solitude
4. Sidewinder
5. Five Sides to Every Story
6. Left Coast
7. Skye
8. Off the Grid
9. A Little Bit O' Funk
10. Siesta
11. Waltz for San Carlos
12. Peace

Added: March 14th 2014
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Related Link: Artist's Official Site
Hits: 1804
Language: english

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