Winds of Change
Formed in 1988 the group Airborne looks
now back on 20 years of recordings, jazz festivals, gigs, the whole
ups and downs of being musicians. Based in New Haven, CT, USA,
Airborne has received worldwide acclaims. The band consists of Steven
Clarke (bass), Gregory Borino (guitars), Thomas Sansone (sax), Thomas
Borino (piano, keyboards, organ, vocals), Asher Delerme (percussion)
and Dean Kosh (drums). These musicians are joined on the new project
Winds of Change by Randy Bost (trumpet, flugelhorn) Elisabeth
Dellinger (background vocals) and on some of the tracks drummers
Adrian Tramontano and Alwyn Smith.
The celebration of the 20th anniversary
is a good opportunity to see at a glance their previous work. The
group started with Take Off in 1990, followed by Across The
Sky (1995), Lifetones (1999),
Heavy Vibes (2004) and Turbulence (2007). The new album
Winds of Change (2008) follows a special concept and impetus:
"Projects for Global Warming, Hunger, Natural Disasters, New Energy
Resources, and Economical Distress have been created. All these
concerns and factors have stressed our earth to its boiling point. The
time is now for change. Without prejudice we must all stand together
to achieve peace and global unity to take on this difficult task.
We must reach out our hands to the world. We can make this earth a
better place to live. No matter what faith, race, color, or wealth you
have. We are all children of this world. Help save our planet and its
children! Reach out your hand and ride the Winds of Change!"
With this impetus in mind Airborne sees Better Days Ahead.
Starting with relaxed guitar loops in the style of The Chic
Thomas Borino soon showcases his piano skills. The uplifting Winds
Of Change is featuring comprehensible and audible the flute. The
melody is taken over by Thomas' piano. Gregory Borino's horn
arrangement as supporting background is superb and just in the point.
It's a constant part of the repertoire
of many live bands. Bossa Nova à la Brazilian Praise. And some
Calypso à la Calypso Night isn't bad too. This captivating tune
will push you to the dance floor. Gregory's acoustic guitar delivers
Spanish flavor in Spanish Guitar, while the original character
is changed by the massive sax placement.
We drive further with Magic In The
City. While the main melody is performed by Thomas Sasone on flute
Thomas Borino sets accents with his furious piano play. The
provocative title Just One Night turns out as smooth ballade
featuring Sansone's soprano sax. All Tied Up is another
significant example for the perfect interplay of all musicians.
Rising Higher reminds of the
British group Shakatak. There are certain similarities between both
groups. The album is finished with a reprise of the title song. The
reprise is a collage of recordings of famous contemporaries and the
final message of the group.
Airborne offers with their 6th
instalment entertainment in the quality we can await from such an
experienced group. A nice mixture of fun and lecture.
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- Album Information
Title: Winds Of Change
Genre: General Jazz
Label: Heavy Vibes Music
01 Better Days Ahead [3:58]
02 Winds Of Change [4:13]
03 Brazilian Praise [4:27]
04 Calypso Night [4:14]
05 Spanish Guitar [4:41]
06 Magic In The City [5:34]
07 Just One Night [4:21]
08 All Tied Up [4:11]
09 Rising Higher [4:53]
10 Winds Of Change (Reprise) [2:45]