Weingart “Life Times Vol1”
today’s homogenized musical landscape, it’s refreshing to hear the
creative voice of keyboardist Steve Weingart. Steve’s debut
“Life Times Vol1” isn’t typical by any means; Steve’s
creative energy is fused by innovation that’s focused on
the essence of Groovology peppered with plethora salty
ingredients. Weingart’s musical exploration’s divided by a
diverse palate over the years has firmly placed him in good company on
two recordings (“Transition & Perpetual Motion”)
with jazz/fusion drummer Dave Weckl.
influences are (Hancock, Corea, Zawinul, Tyner and Garland) these jazz
masters are pivotal in his musical direction as an up and coming
leader in the world of contemporary jazz/fusion.
Players: Robben Ford & Ted Karas ~ Guitar, Hussain Jiffry ~ Bass
(All Tracks) & Vocals on “Storylines & Life Times”,
Chad Wright ~ Drums, Satnam Ramgotra ~ Tabla on “MarketPlace”,
Cassio Duarte ~ Conga & Bongos on “Life Times”, Gary
Meek ~ Soprano Sax on “Love Me”, Renee Jones (Steve’s
wife) ~ Vocals on “Not Without You & Storylines”,
Horn Section: on “Five Mile Groove, Phrase Factor and Jimmy’s
Groove” ~ Jerry Hey & Gary Grant ~ Trumpet, Andy Martin ~
Trombone, Brandon Fields ~ Saxophone and Steve Weingart ~ Keyboards,
Piano, Producing and Composing all tracks except for “Love Me”
by Renee Jones.
impressive opener “Five Mile Groove” sets the pace of this
propelling 10-track set with the burning horn section featuring Hey,
Grant, Martin, and Fields, these cats keeps
the groove in tact from the word go. “Five Mile Groove” is
accented by the guitar wizardry of Robben Ford as he does what
he does so very well lay down some tasty chops!
resembles overtures from a global music excursion; the influences of
Joe Zawinul are present with strong percussive elements and
mid-eastern qualities on a rampage fused with a heavy dose of
in at the next spot is apiece called “Not Without You”
featuring the lovely voice of Steve’s wife Rene Jonese;
she quietly enters the space as the sentiments of rock guitar stylings
by Ted Karas adds color with a slight edge. The melody is crisp and
clear, and cleverly arranged passages by keyboardist Weingart.
Seat Driver”, churns up the heat with Robben Ford’s
bluesy guitar licks coupled by drummer Chad Wright ‘s
appearance kicks into overdrive taking a bite out of this tenacious
flavor of jazz/fusion continues to shift gears in forward motion with
a cut titled “Phrase Factor”; this piece captures the
mindset of the legendary keyboardist Chick Corea perfectly. The
stellar cast of talented musicians trade solos executing with
precision riding the tidal wave of jazz/fusion effortlessly.
collides with imbedded atmospheric textures overlapping a ripple
effect of chanting vocals by Hussain Jiffry and Renee Jones surpasses
melodically while engaging with spontaneity of sonic atmospheric
arrangement of the title track (“Life Times Vol1”) can be a
tad bit tricky, however, this time around Weingart’s strategy
works wonders as the combination of voice (Hussain Jiffry)
interwoven with hybrid instrumentation re-defining the laws of
Groove” is all about the business of jammin’, horns are in
place with in your face kind of groove non-stop probing rhythms
bridging the gap linked to the ecstasy of jazz/fusion, and funk!
to the page of musical intimacy with a tune titled “A Short
Letter”, Weingart solos painlessly flips each note with
and endearing quality measure by only the recipient on this selection.
“A Short Letter” melts seamlessly into the last track on
“Life Times” titled “Love, Me” written by
Steve’s talented wife Renee Jones featuring the voice of Gary
Meek on the soprano sax drawing you into surreal beauty with the
assurance of love, peace and tranquility.
“Life Times Vol1”by Dayton, Ohio native
Steve Weingart has been a rewarding listening experience for me,
it’s musicians like this that revive the spirit of quality music by
being true to their art, Steve has profoundly do so eloquently.
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