Illumination is without any doubt
meditational New Age music. Craig composed, arranged and performed all
tracks of his new album. On the first track Lost & Found he exposes
the violin as lead instrument carrying the melody through ups and downs of
the spacious sound scape.
to his biography keyboardist
and composer Jamie Craig is influenced by the progressive-rock music of
the Seventies. As his idols he cites Jean-Luc Ponty, Ian Anderson,
Stanley Clarke, John Lord, Rick Wakeman, Keith Emerson and more. After
listening to his albums The Lost Dream (2007) and Illumination
(2009) these influences are hard to find.
Midtown Saturday Night is somehow bass driven the sound fades in
the valley of his keyboards. The tonal sequences don't follow a melodious
path but stay always airy and diffuse.
Mirage reminds me of German New
Age groups like Software, Tangerine Dream, Frank Fischer or Quiet Force. A
declination of tone sequences through filters and phasers. The title theme
is divided in two parts, both are good music for relaxation especially
during a transcendental meditation.
To Nola With Love is dedicated to
the people of New Orleans for everything they went through with hurricane
Katrina. Is that the silence after the storm?
This album is without a shadow of a doubt
for lovers of New Age and Ambient music. Those, who are searching jazz
rock or smooth jazz, should pass it.
Artist: Jamie Craig
Genre: General New Age
Label: Craig Sound Productions
01 Lost & Found [4:51]
02 Midtown Saturday Night [4:07]
03 Mirage [5:02]
04 Illumination I [4:28]
05 Illumination II [4:05]
06 To Nola With Love [4:47]
07 Reflections [4:21]
08 San Juan [4:21]
09 Voyager IX [4:31]
10 H20Zone [5:00]
11 Guardian Angel [4:27]
12 Sealed Fate [4:22]