Free as a Birdby Omar
Even as Real Music kicks up its release schedule to include more Eastern meditation projects, the label has committed to more pop-minded new age artists who beautifully blend relaxing atmospheres with tight, colorful melodies and grooves. Pianist/composer Omar thanks piano legend David Lanz in his liner notes, and like Lanz has done recently, takes a radio-friendly smooth jazz sojourn on many of the tracks here. Every other track alternates between soaring, self-produced atmospheric and exotic pieces and more in-the-pocket rhythmic tunes produced by smooth jazz keyboardist Gregg Karukas (who has also produced Lanz). Working with top outside musicians (from violinist Charlie Bisharat to saxman Eric Marienthal), Omar creates a wonderfully diverse collection which allows him to remain firmly at center stage. On the title track, his sensual musings are given dreamy and elegant harmonic support from Bisharat, while other pieces involve interaction with strings and percussion ("Passage Into Midnight") or gentle, electronic grooves. No label release would be complete without some ode to Indian instrumentation, and Omar's nod to the Orient is the sensuous and atmospheric "Beauty Unveiled," which begins in an ambient trance state with intermingling sitar and flute before the pianist enters and begins a more upbeat adventure. For all the lush production values, it's Omar's piano, beautiful in its elegance and rich in its quiet rhythmic power, that proves the most unforgettable element.
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- Real Music
Performance CreditsOmar Primary Artist,Piano
Gregg Karukas Keyboards
Charlie Bisharat Violin
Pedro Eustache Flute,Nay,Duduk
Eric Marienthal Soprano Saxophone,Sax (Sopranino)
Ramon Stagnaro Guitar
David Dial Synthesizer
Omar Akram Piano
Alex Galas Bouzouki
Technical CreditsGregg Karukas Arranger,Producer,drum programming,overdub engineer,Audio Production,Percussion Programming
Caroline Myss Quotes Researched & Compiled
Robin Algaze Art Direction
David Dial Arranger
Omar Composer,Producer,Audio Production
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It was great! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
I had never heard of Omar...saw the CD on the shelf at Barnes and Noble....read the back cover and took a chance. I am so happy with the CD. As the back of the CD states, "romantic melodies, wordly textures and exotic rhythms." That, it is! Easy listening with a nice beat. Purchase it, you'll be glad you did!
very interesting ensemble playing. First you hear the piano, now violin, then drums, etc. Makes you wish you could be right there in the place they are performing. If you love "New Age" music, this belongs in your collection. If you are eclectic like me - you will love this music!