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Cape of Good Hope by Jim Wilson

Wilson follows up his initial release Northern Seascape with a blend of downtempo numbers on Cape of Good Hope. He gets help from such smooth jazz giants as Richard Elliot, Peter White, Mark Portmann and Rick Braun and gets Stephen Bishop and Dan Fogelberg to work on the vocals. Wilson uses a theme to get the atmosphere that he felt in South Africa. It works if you are in a reflective mood. Wilson shows the balance that the country has by showing its special texture through his use of the piano and instrumentation. As each track flows through each other, the many sides of South Africa show. Wilson is backing up the release with a special on PBS this fall, using the same promotion avenue as fellow pianists John Tesh and Lorrie Line. The difference here is that Wilson doesn't try to broaden his audience by showing any versatility. After a while, there seems to be a sameness in the songs that gets boring very quickly for me. Both Tesh and Line showed their versatility by mixing up tempos to make them more pleasing to the audience. Wilson should take a note of that and on his next release show his versatility or lack of it.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Jim Wilson
  • CD Title: Cape of Good Hope
  • Genre: Ambient Jazz
  • Year Released: 2001
  • Record Label: Hillsboro Jazz
  • Musicians: Jim Wilson: Piano
  • Rating: Five Stars
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