Title - 'Peace To The Planet'
Artist - Rainforest Band
For those not in the know, Rainforest Band is a collaboration between guitarist Vernon 'Ice' Black, bassist Tony Saunders and keyboardist Sylvester Burks.
The inspiration for the group came from the original Rainforest Band formed by Merl Saunders (Tony's dad), featuring Jerry Garcia.
The 1990 project Blues From the Rainforest - a Musical Suite was created out of Merl and Jerry's need to spread the word about the beauty of the rainforest, as well as the message of preservation.
With influences of world music, new age and traditional blues, Saunders and company crafted tunes that took the listener on a spiritual and musical journey that was close to their hearts.
On this quite incredible new album, Peace To The Planet, Black, Saunders and Burks have created 12 original compositions in the Smooth Jazz genre that evoke a relaxed, romantic and funky vibe.
3. 'Caribbean Sunset'
4. 'My Mellow Ways'
5. 'One More Time'
6. 'Gumbo Groove'
7. 'God's Nature'
9. 'Just Before Sunrise'
11. 'Windows Of Time'
12. 'Verano Dias'
Continuing to spread the message of preservation for one of the world’s most delicate and endangered regions through music, Rainforest Band kick things off with the low down and funky sax work of 'SIZ' (featuring Billboard #1 charting artist Jeff Ryan) and that's backed up by both a smooth, late night jazz approach on 'Consequences,' and the magnificent 'Caribbean Sunset.'
More achingly smooth jazz is next in the form of 'My Mellow Ways' which is followed by the effortless sleek 'One More Time,' the flavorful bounce of 'Gumbo Groove,' and then both the dreamy sax work of 'God's Nature' and then the piano-led 'Annisa.'
The gently free flowing 'Just Before Sunrise' is also one of my own personal favorites, with the dulcet beauty of 'Reflections' yet another highlight here. The album then rounds out with 'Windows of Time' and the Latin hipsway of 'Verano Dias.'
Aside from the aforementioned Jeff Ryan on saxophone, other special guests include Gail Jhonson (from The Norman Brown Band) on keyboards and percussionist Marquinho Brazil.
Today, in the spirit of what Merl and Jerry created, Rainforest Band's Peace to the Planet takes the mission to a new level through Contemporary Jazz.
With the same goal of spreading the message of preservation for one of the world's most delicate and endangered regions, Rainforest Band is back with a new sound for a new generation.
The time is now, but the message is the same - we all need to do our part to save the planet.
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