Sacred Cello

Sacred Cello

by Steven Sharp Nelson
     
 

Veteran studio musician Steven Sharp Nelson stepped out of a backing role and into the forefront with Sacred Cello, his debut effort. Having performed on over 100 albums previous to this inaugural solo project, he displays a penchant for improvisation even underneath a surface of meticulous precision. Nelson shows a mastery of tempo and dynamic contrast that…  See more details below

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Veteran studio musician Steven Sharp Nelson stepped out of a backing role and into the forefront with Sacred Cello, his debut effort. Having performed on over 100 albums previous to this inaugural solo project, he displays a penchant for improvisation even underneath a surface of meticulous precision. Nelson shows a mastery of tempo and dynamic contrast that evokes a surprisingly strong amount of emotion, even with what could be considered a familiar track list to classicists. There are no real surprises in the core lineup of hymns, but a stylish variety of classical and traditional work adds a sparkling flourish to the set. Among others, his unaccompanied rendition of the Prelude from Bach's "Cello Suite No. 1 in G major" employs a stirring rubato, while he commands a rhythmic bassline in "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring." These departures from strict Sunday fare give the album a tremendous lift. Guitarist Peter Breinholt and solo pianists Jon Schmidt, Paul Cardall, David Tolk, and Marshall McDonald take turns serving as guest stars. They are merely icing on the cake, however; each in his own way complements the album's flavor, which ventures into new age, folk, inspirational, and classical. From start to finish, Sacred Cello is bright, solid, unique, and enchanting.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/10/2006
Label:
Deseret Books
UPC:
0650070001225
catalogNumber:
700012
Rank:
61874

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Steven Sharp Nelson   Primary Artist,Cello
Giles Reaves   Percussion,Keyboards
Jon Schmidt   Piano
Paul Cardall   Piano
David Tolk   Piano
Peter Breinholt   Guitar
Marshall McDonald   Piano

Technical Credits

Sergey Rachmaninov   Composer
Jean Sibelius   Composer
Giles Reaves   MIDI Programming
Jon Schmidt   Arranger
Johann Sebastian Bach   Composer
Claude Debussy   Composer
Paul Cardall   Arranger,Producer,Cover Design
James McGranahan   Composer
David Tolk   Arranger
Peter Breinholt   Arranger
Joshua Waldron   Cover Design
Steven Sharp Nelson   Arranger,Liner Notes
William Tomer   Composer
Marshall McDonald   Arranger
Joshua Waldron   Cover Design
Jonathon Shults   Engineer

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