深秋时份又来到了, 片片落叶随风散落的美丽景色又再脑海中回忆起来, 丝丝的温馨的感觉, 真实动人; 就好像Eric Marienthal的这张新唱片一样, 亲切动人的音乐, 没有花巧刻意的佈局, 粒粒充满优美真摰情怀的音符, 打动了听眾的心扉, 令人欣喜!!
Eric Marienthal, 一位来自美国的爵士乐色士风好手, 十多年在乐界默默耕耘, 虽然没有好像其他爵士乐乐手那般大红大紫, 但是他是一位实力派乐手, 过往在不同场合演出和发表过的个人作品, 都有不错的品评; 当大家如果有留意过他在其中一些表演场合, 例如Chick Corea Elektric Band, Rippingtons, Lee Ritenour Band Tour和David Benoit的Tour Band, 一定会见到他的名字, 他都是被这些爵士乐坛的灵魂人物赏识, 亦是他们的好朋友兼拍挡, 他们分别为Chick Corea, Russ Freeman, Lee Ritenour和David Benoit!!
时常在不同的媒介, 都会见到他总是以亲切的阳光笑脸面对群眾, 就好像他的音乐一样, 很Smooth, 温馨感人和令人听得开心舒怀, 很容易渡过一个漫长的时光!! 今趟他的新唱片, 他选择了一些他很喜爱和为人熟悉的作品来演奏, 感受就好像回到温馨的家一样, 心情十分甜美!! 全碟共收录十一首音乐, 所有作品都以清新畅快的节奏去演绎, 十分易听, 适合喜欢听现代音乐风格的朋友去慢慢细味; 不如看看他对这张唱片的介绍:
"When I first started thinking about this record, I knew that I wanted to do something different. I love playing live, I love the sound of acoustics instruments, and I really love playing jazz standards and other well-known tunes so I decided to combine all three. Over the course of four days, we recorded live in the studio to try and capture the interaction and spontaneity of a live performance. One of the great joys for any musician is to be inspired by what's being played around them at that moment. The songs that we recorded are some of my all-time favorites. "Moody's Mood for Love" was one of my uncle Hans Prager's favorities and it was recorded in his memory. This is the record I've dreamed of making for a long time and I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed recording it."
--- Eric Marienthal
在这张碟中, 他请来了多位著名乐手和老友助阵录音, 包括Keyboard好手Chick Corea和Rusell Ferrante, Bass好手Dave Carpenter, 结他好手Russ Freeman, 敲击好手Luis Conte和鼓手Peter Erskine等等; 以下会为大家介绍其中一些精彩的作品:
开首的I will一曲, 是来自Beatles的旧作; Eric Marienthal的色士风吹奏得很有阳光味, 温馨活泼, 如果在清风吹送的环境细听, 别有一番特色, 感人美丽!!
New York State of Mind一曲, 具有颇浓发烧味道的歌曲, 色士风和电结他的演奏来得细腻醉人, 敲击和钢琴声轻轻和应, 加添一份优美的味道, 水準之作!!
Emotion一曲, 当年的流行曲佳作, 听眾都唱到朗朗上口, 无人不识; 今趟Eric Marienthal担纲长笛和色士风的吹奏, 音乐意境少了一份电子味, 清新流畅, 感觉更加柔和优美, 十分不错!!
My One and Only Love, 是Eric Marienthal和Chick Corea的互相演奏的作品, 色士风声吹得很有个性, 钢琴弹得层次分明, 一首表现个人功力之作, 值得一听!!
You've Got A Friend一曲, 是小弟全碟至爱, 因为这首歌的色士风吹奏出很靚的音乐意境, 就好像回到自己温暖的家一样, Russ Freeman的结他弹奏, 加强了这种感觉; 如果你的朋友和亲人遇到不开心的时候, 不妨播一播这个版本的歌给他/她们听听, 一面谈天, 用愉快的歌声去抚慰不快心灵, 令他/她笑逐颜开!!
美好的音乐, 为大家的生活加添生气和色彩, 这张唱片就是合乎这个说法; 全碟均於美国制作, 水準极高, 现已在港上市!!
Eric Marienthal is a Los Angeles-based contemporary saxophonist best known for his work in the jazz, smooth jazz, and pop genres.
Eric started his professional career in 1980 with famed New Orleans trumpeter Al Hirt. After returning to Los Angeles, Eric became a member of the Chick Corea Elektric Band. He recorded 6 CDs with Chick's band and 2 of those CDs were Grammy award winners. Eric went on to perform with artists such as Elton John, Barbra Streisand, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Dionne Warwick, Burt Bacharach, Aaron Neville, Johnny Mathis, Dave Grusin, Lee Ritenour, David Benoit, The Rippingtons, Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band, Patti Austin, Lou Rawls, David Lee Roth, The Yellowjackets, B.B. King, Ramsey Lewis, Patti Labelle, Olivia Newton-John, and many others.
Eric has also written 3 instructional books, "Comprehensive Jazz Studies & Exercises", "The Ultimate Jazz Play Along" and "The Music Of Eric Marienthal" as well as 3 instructional videos, "Play Sax From Day One", "Modern Sax" and "Tricks Of The Trade", all published by Warner Brothers Publications, which is now Alfred Publishing/Belwin Jazz.
Every summer for the past 8 years Eric has put on an annual fundraising concert for High Hopes Head Injury Program. High Hopes is a non-profit organization in Orange County, California that works with people who have suffered traumatic head injuries. With the help of many guest artists who have donated their time to perform, these concerts have raised well over a half million dollars for this charity.
His music can be heard during The Weather Channel's "Local on the 8s" segments and his song "Big Country" is included in their 2008 compilation release, The Weather Channel Presents: Smooth Jazz II.
艾瑞克马瑞安托 (Eric Marienthal)於1976年进入百克里音乐学院就读，师事传奇萨克斯风手Joe Viola，并於1995年获百克里杰出校友奖以表彰他在当代音乐的成就。艾瑞克已在超过65个国家演出、发行11张个人专辑，并在无数的专辑、电影、电视节目、及广告配乐中演出。
艾瑞克的音乐生涯开啟於1980年，当时他与纽奥良著名的小号手Al Hurt合作演出。返回洛杉磯后，Eric成为Chick Corea Elektric Band的成员，他一共与乐团录制了六张专辑，其中两张获得葛莱美奖的肯定。Eric曾与Elton John, Barbara Streisand, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Dionne Warwick, Burt Bacharach, Aaron Neville, Johnny Mathis, Dave Grusin, Lee Ritenour, David Benoit, The Rippingtons, The Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band, Patti Austin, Lou Rawls, David Lee Roth, The Yellowjackets, B.B. King, Ramsey Louis, Patti Labelle, Olivia Newton-John等艺人/乐手合作。
这张专辑有六首作品都打入National Contemporary Jazz Radio Charts的前十名，其中两首为冠军。艾瑞克并获选为Jazziz杂誌读者投票心目中『年度最佳中音萨克斯风手』之一，另两位获选的中音萨克斯风手是David Sanborn及 Phil Woods。
It has long been a well-known "secret" that altoist Eric Marienthal, who is best known for his association with Chick Corea's Elektric Band and with his own groups, is a great straight-ahead jazz player, too. He has made occasional guest spots through the years and shown that he is a more versatile player than originally expected. For Got You Covered, Marienthal desired to record a set live in the studio, and he utilized some of his favorite musicians, with guest pianist Chick Corea playing a duet with Marienthal on "My One and Only Love." Unfortunately, Marienthal mostly plays it safe, not digging very far into these songs beyond their melodies. It is pretty unusual getting to hear him play "I've Got the World on a String" and "Moody's Mood for Love," but the latter is a note-for-note re-creation of James Moody's original solo and nothing more. Everything about this set comes across as safe and unadventurous. The overall results are pleasant and reasonably pleasing as background music, but Eric Marienthal is capable of much more. ~ Scott Yanow
Liner Note Authors: Eric Marienthal; Russ Freeman .
Recording information: Castle Oaks Studios, Calabasas, CA (03/29/2005-04/15/2005); Mad Hatter Studios, Los Angeles, CA (03/29/2005-04/15/2005); Surfboard Studios, Boca Raton, FL (03/29/2005-04/15/2005).
Photographer: Sonny Mediana.
Arrangers: Eric Marienthal; Russ Freeman ; Russell Ferrante; Gordon Goodwin; David Ruttenberg.
Personnel: Eric Marienthal (flute, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); Eric Marienthal; Russ Freeman (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, 12-string guitar, classical guitar, baritone guitar); Russell Ferrante (piano, keyboards); Chick Corea (piano); Dave Carpenter (acoustic bass); Peter Erskine (drums); Luis Conte (percussion).
Audio Mixer: Steve Sykes.
01. I will 3:26
02. New york state of mind 5:15
03. Love and liberte 4:21
04. Compared to what 3:40
05. I've got the world on a string 5:13
06. Emotion 3:42
07. Two part invention #4 in D minor 4:34
08. May one and only love 4:34
09. You've got a friend 4:23
10. Stand by me 4:06
11. Moody's mood for love 3:19