Reviewer: Lee Prosser
Review Date: August 2002
Review: Al Garcia is a master of the bass guitar, and he uses it to great advantage on this original collection of songs he composed. The music has wide appeal and will be enjoyable by all jazz groups.
MAKE IT SO
contains 12 songs. Garcia's inventive twists and turns on J.S. Bach's "Menuet"
makes it uniquely his own, and the other original Garcia songs such as "On Cloud
Ten," "Make It So," "Natural Knowledge," "Journey to the Center of the Earth,"
"Once Upon a Dream," among others, makes for an entertaining listening
experience with this gifted jazz guitarist. Al Garcia is a master of many
musical moods and many jazz guitar techniques, each showcased in this CD
collection. I liked all of
the songs. "The Heart of the Matter" and "Journey to the Center of the Earth"
had great personal appeal for me, and it was a learning journey visualizing how
perfectly attuned Garcia is to the harmonics and melody in each of his songs.
His technique for playing is flawless, and he makes every note soar with beauty. If you want
something new in contemporary jazz sounds, take several listens to Al Garcia's
performances in the collection MAKE IT SO. Top performances by one of the fine
young guitars now performing. Likeable. Unique.
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