Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Sebastian Sidi: Desperate Journey // Live at the O.C. Pavilion -- Music Review
The opening tune is "The Limit", powered by high energy drums, nice keyboard riffing by Sebastian, and some very slick guitar work by Javier Lima, who is Sebastian's cousin. The mood is mellowed by a lovely redition of the classical crossover hit originally made famous by Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman, "Time to Say Good-bye". Sebastian and company is joined by vocalists Georgia Waggoner and Tonya Hoodye in a version that absolutely soars. The mellow mood continues with the vocalists once again joining on the wordless ethereal "Mirucha". Next, the title tune, "Desperate Journey", picks up the pace again with a tune that fits the title. Tight interaction among the musicians and fantastic songwriting skills makes this song one of my favorites on the album.
The musical atmosphere switches to the salsa tinged "Moon Shadow". This is a joyfully upbeat tune where Sebastian's keyboard skills absolutely shine and sparkle like stars on a warm Latin night -- this one could have you on your feet dancing. The Latin beat carries on in "Spice It Up", which is just as the title implies. Great piano and synthesizer work, hot perscussion, and more sizzling guitar from Javier really spice up this track.
Then with the excellent sense of pacing that Sebastian has, the next tune, "Moving On", brings us back to a more introspective mood. It's a beautiful melody the invokes a spirit of dreams and good memories. I could listen to this song over and over. The band continues with the popular crowd-pleaser "Theme from Chariots of Fire". Sebastian's imaginative arrangement of this old favorite breathes new life into the Vangelis tune. This is followed by another personal favorite, "Moment in Time", where the girls return with their airy wordless vocals. This is another wistful song with such a dreamy cool jazz quality that it almost like remembering the first time you fell in love--I wanted this song to go on for several more minutes.
But not one to dally for long, Sebastian kicks it back up with "Rock the Blues". This is just what the title says it is-- a good time boogie infected jam where everybody has a good time. This is followed by another Latin influenced number called "Pachanga" that makes you want to just close your eyes and groove to the music. "Rising Thunder" is a majestic tour de force where Sebastian shows off his vast musical talent by playing all instruments on the track. You will declare, "Is there no end to this man's talent?"
The final tune is "Corazon De Nino" by the famous Argentine keyboardist Raul di Blasio. What more can I say about this one, except beautifully performed with all keyboards and synthesizers by Sebastian Sidi. It is an apt closing to a great album. But wait, there is one more track! I won't tell you what it is here except that I've never heard anything like it on an album before and it is rather interesting.
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