Sunday, February 8, 2015

CD Review – Inner Circle, by Peter Calandra

Peter Calandra's latest album is an engaging collection of thirteen original compositions that encompass a dynamic mix of jazz, new age, and fusion.

The electric/acoustic keyboardist is joined on this outing by Joy Askew on vocals, Tom Barney on acoustic bass, Ralph Farris on viola and violin, Kathy Halvorson on oboe, Kathleen Nester on flute and piccolo, Peter Prosser on cello, and Stomu Takeishi on fretless electric bass.

Every track on this disc is captivating, thanks not only to Calandra's inventiveness as a composer but also his skill as a performer and his professionalism as a bandleader. He and his studio mates enjoy a musical rapport that is evident in the infectiousness of the tunes.

Flawless from beginning to end, this CD delivers the goods.

--Raj Manoharan

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