Monday, September 12, 2016
CD Review: Jerry Goodman's Violin Fantasy (2016)
Violin Fantasy is Goodman’s first solo effort since 1987’s It’s Alive, the album a fine collection of twelve instrumental tone poems, mostly well-worn rock ‘n’ roll covers, with his imaginative playing at the eye of the hurricane.
Goodman’s extraordinary chops breathe new life into songs like Gary Wright’s “Dream Weaver” (pure magic recorded with prog-rock pals Nektar); the Who’s “Baba O’Riley” is provided a lush soundtrack that reveals the wistful yearning beneath the lyrics; while “The Laws of Nature,” with guests Tony Levin (King Crimson) and Billy Sherwood (Yes), is a fluid, funky, proggish joy ride. Europe’s “The Final Countdown” is provided an epic grandeur that even the original couldn’t muster while Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” takes on a dark majesty when surrounded by Goodman’s supple orchestration.
The violinist’s original title track is simply hauntingly beautiful. Mixing elements of classic rock, prog-rock, and jazz-fusion, Goodman has delivered in Violin Fantasy an exhilarating, breathtaking showcase for his unique artistic vision. Grade: A (Purple Pyramid Records, released July 1, 2016)
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