German pianist and composer Robert Christa
is a musician you really should have on the radar. Since his debut
Nightflight To Rio (2015) and his sophomore
project City Lights in 2017 he has come out as an insider
tip in the smooth jazz genre. This impression is convincingly
confirmed by his third album Smooth World (2019).
Robert Christa performs on his new album keys, backing vocals and
programming. He is joined on selected tracks by Robert Friedl
(sax), Tom Reif (guitar), Bernd Hemminger (bass), Josiah Ruff,
Stephanie Forryan, Mel Kamper (vocals), Mattias Hase (acoustic
guitar), Llioba Bruns (cello), Natascha Weber, Lyn Conary, Daniana
The album opens with Rise & Shine which reveals Christa's
penchant for perfect construction with a great opening.
Saxophonist Robert Friedl and guitarist Tom Reif get plenty of
opportunity to bring their own ideas to the play.
Pure Life Begins featured the unusual voice of Jesula
Thomas, which lends the piece something archaic. Casa
Romantica does credit to the title with Robert's emotional
soprano saxophone that opens all doors to romanticism.
Back on Our One Way Street stages singer Josiah Ruff, who
is a representative of NeoGospelPop. Because a King Was Born
is even more suited to his musical style.
Come On is an about-face to electronic pop, who gets a
pleasing face with the singer Stephanie Forryan. Let It Go
has an attractive flow that divides into several sections. On the
one hand the guitar part with acoustic and electric guitar, on the
other hand the keyboard part with a groovy electric piano.
Brazilian Rendevouz is Christa's excursion into the world of
Brazilian music. Exceptional are Tom Reif's guitar solos who
reaches an own level with his virtuoso style.
Goblins World leaves the ancestral realms of smooth jazz and dives
into a fantasy world of New Age. The sounds remind me of
Trenkler's radio show Schwingungen. Mel Kamper closes the
album with the song Mother Earth, which spreads a serious
concern and serves a folkloric track.
Robert Christa had indulged the friends of smooth jazz with
Nightflight To Rio and City Lights. Smooth World
leaves this direction in favor of a wide range of styles.
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Title: Smooth World
Genre: Smooth Jazz
1) Rise & Shine (6:12)
2) Pure Life Begins (4:27)
Casa Romantica (4:05)
4) Back on Our One Way Street (4:56)
5) Because a King Was Born (3:45)
6) Come On (5:31)
Let It Go (5:07)
8) Brazilian Rendevouz (6:58)
Goblins World (4:41)
10) Mother Earth (4:32)
Nightflight To Rio