Label: Windham Hill Records - WH-1081 • Format: Vinyl LP • Country: US • Genre: Jazz • Style: Smooth Jazz, New Age
One of the founders of the new age music genre giving it a jazz and world music influence and one of the first artists to join the Windham Hill roster of artists, Cossu has had a long and varied career.
It is interesting to note that early on, George Winston opened for Scott in concert and the two toured and performed together for several years. The music on Safe In Your Arms is a combination of new compositions and newly re-recorded pieces from older albums that have gone out of print.
Joining Cossu and his piano are long-time collaborator guitarist Van Manakas, flute and harmonica wizard John Croarkin, and alto flutist Ann Lindquist. My goal was to produce a recording of tender lullabies and ballads, which returns to a signature musical style that I loved yesterday, as well as today.
I should also Desert Lightning - Scott Cossu Featuring Van Manakas - Switchback that I started Its Not My World - The Ar-Kaics - Its Not My World / Distemper to this album in my wake-up alarm. It usually woke me up when the music started, but then I drifted right back off to sleep, so this is VERY soothing and relaxing music!
Safe In Your Arms begins with the title tune, a sweetly lyrical piece that features piano, guitar, and flute. Originally recorded in with cellist Eugene Friesen, this new arrangement is a gorgeous trio for piano, guitar, and flute. I think my favorite track although I like them all! Very strongly recommended! You would be hard pressed to find another album that does such a great job of expressing the pure joy of making music. Playful and full of fun, this is great music that can be savored on many levels.
Using the mountains, mossy forest, and rivers that surround him as musical inspiration, Cossu pares down his palette to the basics: piano, guitar, flute and percussion.
Coming from a composer who has previously employed dozens of musician to create his music, this would seem prohibitively limiting, but Cossu focused on his experience as a classical composer, and relies on form and structure to express himself instead of polyphony ad ethnic stylings.
Tracks are preformed as chamber pieces that feature all the tonal coloring and gathering intensity of traditional classical music. I was especially taken by cut 4, Old Man Mambo I think that it is a perfect song! Bravo Scott! Stained Glass Memories, recorded with previous Cosuu collaborators guitarist Van Manakas, flutist Dave Valentin, bassist Mark Egan, and drummer Robbie Armeen, is a joyous celebration of recovery from a traumatic car accident Drive In Show - Various - Rock N Roll Legends suffered in It is powerful evidence of his recovery and the full majesty of his musical language.
Also Desert Lightning - Scott Cossu Featuring Van Manakas - Switchback are the sounds of songbirds, sparring elk, rain, wind and a stream. Rich in atmospheric textures. Pick of the month. Islands features some major contemporary jazz names like flutist Dave Valentin, bassist Mark Egan, drummer Danny Gottlieb, and violinist Michal Urbaniak. His enticing polyrhythms are fit for ecstatic dancing.
A sparkling record. Although the Silver and Blakey impressions are quite strong, Cossu the performer and composer is his own unique personality.
While Cossu is still a fairly new name in the jazz world, he has much to value to contribute. Purchase ALU Still Moments Features acoustic piano with harp, cello and vibes.
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