Fresh Aire 8

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Barnes & Noble - Carol Wright
Essentially the creation of one Chip Davis, Mannheim Steamroller wraps up its Fresh Aire series with this eighth offering. A cleverly placed sideways "8" on the album's cover also symbolizes the album's theme of infinity. And the little nuances don't end there: The liner notes describe eight tracks when in fact there are a healthy 12! The first five comprise the opening suite, "Greek Thinkers: Infinity in Philosophy." A sweeping processional with orchestra, harp, and balalaika expands to a take on the rhythms of Ravel's "Bolero" and the feeling of climbing a widening cerebral staircase. Davis has a ball with space winds, rumbling blasts, and the zing of zooming ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Carol Wright
Essentially the creation of one Chip Davis, Mannheim Steamroller wraps up its Fresh Aire series with this eighth offering. A cleverly placed sideways "8" on the album's cover also symbolizes the album's theme of infinity. And the little nuances don't end there: The liner notes describe eight tracks when in fact there are a healthy 12! The first five comprise the opening suite, "Greek Thinkers: Infinity in Philosophy." A sweeping processional with orchestra, harp, and balalaika expands to a take on the rhythms of Ravel's "Bolero" and the feeling of climbing a widening cerebral staircase. Davis has a ball with space winds, rumbling blasts, and the zing of zooming particles on "The Big Bang: Infinity in Cosmology" (which should really come alive in surround sound, though the neighbors may complain). "Leonardo: The Infinite Thinker" employs strings, harpsichord, and drum set (Davis's instrument) for a merry romp through the imagination. The vastly romantic bolero "Waterfall: Infinity in Art" is inspired by the famous M. C. Escher print of a mill's endless waterways. "The Circle of Love: Infinity in the Wedding Band" sandwiches a piano-orchestra rhapsody with trippy swaths of electronic infinity sounds. With text provided by the liner notes, "The Steamroller: Infinity in Music" tells the musical tale of a certain steamroller that falls for "Dreamy," a rock band groupie -- it's charming, funky, and steamy. The whole affair culminates with the most story-like of all the pieces, "The Heart & the Feather." An Egyptian painter completes a tomb's decor, only to find himself swept away into the marvelous expanse of the heavens. Fresh Aire 8 delivers plenty of speaker-stretching sounds, real orchestral scope, outrageous themes, and catchy rhythms, adding up to an infinity of amusement.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/22/2000
  • Label: American Gramaphone
  • UPC: 012805088824
  • Catalog Number: 888
  • Sales rank: 83,971

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mannheim Steamroller Primary Artist
Jackson Berky Piano, Soloist
Chip Davis Conductor
Ray Adams Celli
Jeffrey Bryant Horn
Janice Graham Violin, Leader
Tom Hartig Saxophone
Hilary Jones Celli
Colin Paris Bass
Arnie Roth Violin, Soloist
Paul Silverthorne Viola
Robert Bourton Bassoon
Noel Bradshaw Celli
Robin Brightman Violin
Duff Burns Viola
Norman Clarke Violin
Eric Crees Tenor Trombone
David Goodall Violin
Lennox Mackenzie Violin
Ian McDonough Violin
Gerald Newson Double Bass
Colin Renwick Violin
Robert Retallick Violin
Stephen Rowlinson Violin
Francis Saunders Celli
Jonathan Welch Viola
Andrew Marriner Clarinet
Nigel Broadbent Violin
Warwick Hill Violin
Richard Holttum Viola
P. Norriss Viola
Gerry Ruddock Trumpet
Moray Welsh Cello, Celli, Soloist
Simon Carrington Timpani
Dominic Morgan Bassoon
Jeremy Cornes Percussion
Elizabeth Greaves Violin
Paul Robson Violin
Edward Vanderspar Viola
Robert Turner Viola
Ian Rhodes Violin
Nicole Wilson Violin
Peter Manning Violin, Leader
Matthew Gardner Violin
Min Yang Violin
Martin Parry Flute
Ginette Decuyper Violin
Tom Norris Violin
Andrew Pollock Violin
Sarah Quinn Violin
Malcolm Johnston Viola
Gina Zagni Viola
Kieron Moore Oboe
William Haskins Horn
James Maynard Tenor Trombone
Paul Edmund-Davies Flute
Michael Spencer Violin
Timothy Hugh Celli
Tim Jones Horn
Roy Carter Oboe
Technical Credits
Chip Davis Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes
David Cwirko Engineer
Dick Lewzey Engineer
Brian Ackley Engineer
Louis Stout Orchestral Assistant
Gavin Landless Engineer
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