Curtis Macdonald – Shadow Crossing

12 03 2009

cover6Curtis Macdonald – Shadow Crossing
MP3 @ 320 Kbps | 56:09 min | 2002 | 138 MB | 10% Recovery Record

From the bouncy opening title track to the wind-swept cruise down the “Highway”, Macdonald layers acoustic piano, keyboards “synth sound design” and programmed percussion into a canvas of sunny bright pastel and contemporary colorings, to the breezy, easy going “Kiss Goodbye” and the haunting “Coast Of Dreams”, Lucia Iman adds her angelic wordless vocals. “Malibu” also drifts along on a gentle breezes of piano melodies in thirds and quick-paced percussion. The pulsating oscillators racing between speakers create a fascinating back drop to a romantic “Promise” delivered by piano and lush strings. Guitars in duets, played by label-mate John Adorney spice up the Spanish flavored “Tierra Rejada”, while Macdonald’s piano is impassioned with “Desire”, driven by syncopated rhythms of techno drum programming. For pure upbeat, delightful and enjoyable contemporary instrumentals in melodic and pleasant harmonies, this debut on a label known for easily accessible music is one of the most listenable of the year.

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Curtis MacDonald – Home On The Horizon

12 03 2009

curtis-macdonald-home-on-the-horizon-frontCurtis MacDonald – Home On The Horizon
MP3 @ 320 Kbps | 1:01:56 min | 2006 | 154 MB | 10% Recovery Record

With so much music available these days, from Country, Post-Punk, Monotonous Repetitive Dance to Chatty Rap, here is a CD that is un-obtrusive and a pleasure to the ears. Melody is all over this intuitive stroll through the mind of a composer who knows what one wants to hear when they just want to unwind. Some of these tunes extract “trance” elements via the form as some are more of a “pop” song formula. Overall the tunes are quite catchy and I find myself humming along. I like the use of the piano, the synth arrangements, and the mood each song represents. “Eloquence Remembered” just about floored me (My mental imagery may be different from yours), and “Till There Was You” created such a feeling of longing, again great use of melody. I would strongly recommend “Home On The Horizon” to all whom like instrumental New Age with a beat as well as you contemporary Jazz fans out there. I notice he has other CD’s out and after hearing his discography, he defiantly has a signature style. The type when you hear it, you know it’s Curtis Macdonald.

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Curtis MacDonald – Grand Cascade

12 03 2009

617662Curtis MacDonald – Grand Cascade
MP3 @ 192 Kbps | 44:54 min | 2003 | 67.3 MB | 10% Recovery Record

This is music that reminds me of what classic 1970’s Smooth Jazz wrapped up into today’s electronica but not catered as acid jazz would sound like. This is the essence of Chill! It’s friendly with a very West Coast attitude. Harkings of old pros like Bob James and Jeff Lorber float into the melodies and creative solos of Curtis Macdonald’s Grandcascade, a must have for the cocktail by the sea crowd. The laid back R&B grooves, the clever synth arrangements and keyboard musicianship offers a full packaged collection for the hip and sophisticated. Perfect for a Weekend Getaway!

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Curtis MacDonald – Gold Coast

12 03 2009

curtis-macdonald-gold-coast-fCurtis MacDonald – Gold Coast
MP3 @ 192 Kbps | 1:11:48 min | 2005 | 111 MB | 10% Recovery Record

Jump into life and take a ride with a really fresh collection of new Chill/Smooth Jazz from Curtis Macdonald. From the positive groove of the opener Open House followed by a hip turn of events with Traffic, I have to say Gold Coast is a CD that can always live in my IPOD. It continues with tune after tune of imaginative works by a composer known for his crafty radio friendly instrumentals. The soloing is as creative as the melodies, and after awhile you start singing along with the solo’s! From the soulful neo-classical jazzy ballad Moonlight In Your Eyes to the bounce of Ocean Avenue, it’s all good to go if your on the go or just taking in the day.

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Curtis MacDonald – Everlasting

12 03 2009

cover5Curtis MacDonald – Everlasting
MP3 @ 320 Kbps | 50:49 min | 2006 | 125 MB | 10% Recovery Record

“Pure, upbeat, delightful, and enjoyable contemporary instrumentals in melodic and pleasant harmonies.” — NEW AGE VOICE As a follow-up to his 2002 EverSound release “Shadow Crossing,” Curtis Macdonald’s “Everlasting” is a collection of fresh, beautiful new compositions that weave a tapestry of new age, nu-jazz, and adult contemporary instrumentals into a unique sound. With bouncy, pulsating grooves and inspiring arrangements, “Everlasting” puts the listener in the right mood no matter what the environment.

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Curtis MacDonald – Dreamliner

12 03 2009

cover4Curtis MacDonald – Dreamliner
MP3 @ 320 Kbps | 1:09:32 min | 2005 | 172 MB | 10% Recovery Record

If you are looking for a CD with that creates an atmosphere of sophistication for an event or an intimate rondeviou, Dreamliner takes off and always lands in the right spot.

Imagine you are taking a journey through rain soaked streets, coastal cruises with the wind in your hair and a chill in the air. The mood of Curtis Macdonald’s Dreamliner inspires this scenario achieving it’s sentiment as a soundtrack for great escapes and reflective romanticism. From the opening track to the final hypnotic and hyper-minimalist pulse of Hollyhock, this CD delivers what could quite be the next step in contemporary Chill/New-Age instrumentals. Swimming delays and textured synths surround humable melodies supported by acoustic piano. At many times just the groove transcends into the consciousness and creates the positive momentum we all like to take us through the day.

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