Zig Noda & Brian Tracy Evans - In This
flute is one of the under presented instruments in smooth jazz music
broadcasted by the radio stations in America. Following the motto
"Sax sells" the preference is for tenor or soprano
saxophone. Nowadays we have a lot of professional flutists in this
genre. I want to recall some great names: Alexander
Torres, Steve Flowers,
Hilsberg (Yulara), Bobbi
Segal Garcia, Joseph
a lot more. Some of them are playing saxophone and flute like Dave
McMurray, who had some remarkable gigs with Bob
James (Nautilus, Angela).
I present you the jazz flutist Zig Noda. He has just released his
debut album "In This Moment" with Brian Tracy Evans (piano,
synths, programming). Peter Su
(President of CIM Radio Smooth Jazz) comments: "The flute is
probably the most soul moving instrument of all. Zoda is to the flute
as Kenny G is to the saxophone. The album "In This Moment"
is pure smooth jazz and it is the smoothest execution of the flute...
Each track is soulful and moves you like no other. Some tracks move me
more than others but on a scale from 1 - 10, I'd give this a 9 because
it is just that good."
album starts with Think
About It. A
melody which reminds me at a pop song. Zig Noda is playing his flute
fluently and elastically. His access to his flute is strong and
Tracy Evans ' coplay is perfect.
You Know has a
more earthbound rhythm in the intro part which pushes the melody a
little into the New Age area. Nevertheless the melody has its hooking
the top notch performance and arrangement of these exceptional
modern contemporary approach of this album is underlined by Kickin
It. Anew we can
listen to a perfect combination of keyboards and flute.
Room is a smooth
slow contemplative tune for some dreamy moods. Preparing for the next
title song In
This Moment is
smart dialogue between flute and piano with much harmonic and depth.
Now I understand Peter Su's comparison to Kenny G.
Be Back Tomorrow
follows this slow trace with more soulful performance.
let you spend more time for reflections.
has a full
package of this romantic moments.
piece is an extended mix of the Think
album is a masterpiece. I encourage both musicians to fight against
all odds and to never give up. Their love to music should persist the
problems of music market. We want hear more.