Will & Rainbow – Over Crystal Green (2002) [Japan]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 53:01 minutes | Front/Rear Covers | 2,13 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Front/Rear Covers | 1,09 GB
In 1976, a fusion band called Rainbow featuring pianist Will Boulware recorded an album entitled “Crystal Green”, which included saxophonist Michael Brecker, trumpeter Randy Brecker, and drummer Steve Gadd. In 2002, Boulware, the Brecker brothers and Gadd-along with the late saxophonist Bob Berg and bassist Will Lee-reconvened in a New York studio to record “Over Crystal Green” under the group name Will & Rainbow. The album proves that the intervening years have clearly not diminished their rapport.
Michael Brecker leads the band through a dynamic interpretation of Bill Evans’ “Waltz for Debby,” and his brother turns in a lyrical trumpet solo on the ballad “I’ll Fly Away.” Berg and the ensemble explore inventive ways of presenting “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight,” while “Scenery” opens with a beautiful piano solo from Boulware, and then Berg delivers a swirling, rapid-fire, sometimes dizzying, performance. Over Crystal Green is a great example of deep musical connections from outstanding musicians. An impressive performance and arrangements are greatly featured in this revived super session.
01. A Song For You
02. I’ll Fly Away
05. Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight
07. Waltz For Debby
Produced by Yasohachi “88” Itoh. Engineered by David Baker.
DSD Recording. Recorded on January 15-16, 2002 at Avatar Studio, New York.
Mastered By Koji “C-chan” Suzuki at Sony Music Studios, Tokyo, Japan.
Will Boulware – acoustic piano, Hammond B3 organ, synthesizer on “8”
Jon Werking – synthesizers
Peter Bernstein – guitar
Will Lee – bass
Steve Gadd – drums
Randy Brecker – trumpet on “2”
Bob Berg – tenor saxophone on “3,5,6,8,9”
Michael Brecker – tenor saxophone on “1,4,7”