in Time are guitarist Phillip Siadi and keyboardist Lenore Paxton.
Both are Detroit area musicians who have been long-time collaborators
on diverse musical projects including pop and dance music productions.
They are also founders of a children’s music and film company,
Since several years the artists worked together as band Lightfall
releasing a number of CDs in the New Age genre.
Detroit-born Phillip Siadi is influenced by a broad range of
guitarists from Al DiMeola and George Benson to Jimi Hendrix, Santana
and Van Halen. Pianist/keyboardist/arranger Lenore Paxton counts to
her influences artists from Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock to the
Crusaders and Weather Report.
Their newest project is entitled
Partners in Time (2012). All songs are written by Siadi except
Joy Ride and Dream Cruise, which are composed by both
musicians. Joy Ride is a prolific smooth jazz production. The
cheerful melody benefits from the jubilant effect, intonated by Siadi
on guitar and absorbed by Paxton on flute and keyboard.
The influence of rock music makes itself clearly felt on
Especially the use of distortion guitar reminds me of Jim Peterick,
who debuted in Smooth Jazz with Lifeforce in 2009.
The hall as a style element creates a spacey ambiance
for Dream Cruise. Cookie Factory starts with an
interesting rhythm backbone running into a stringent melodic
structure. Marisamba falls in love with a whimsical theme.
Itchin 'is a throwback to the rock sample.
Sneaky can go about it quietly, though of course
it doesn't reach the class of Santana's Samba Pa Ti. Julius
revels in the richness of the sound world. Smooth Groove
shuffles around the dance floor.
One notice past and heritage of the band members by listening to
Partners In Time. This album is more likely to meet the taste of
those, who feel at home in the New Age genre.