This music might catch on with banks and other corporate entities because there is a pretense that this music is all very American. The front cover of the CD reinforces this by displaying the Stars and Stripes with a silhouette of a saxophone player, but at first glance you’d swear it was a soldier with a rifle. The cover simply explains that the album is "an instrumental tribute to America on Saxophone with Strings." However, the tribute is so indistinctive and inoffensive it could, for their purposes, work as piped-in music anywhere in these States.
The featured pieces are popular songs chosen for different regions in America. There’s "Moonlight in Vermont’, ‘Old Cape Cod’ and ‘New York State of Mind’ representing the East Coast. The South gets ‘Tennessee Waltz’, ‘Georgia on My Mind’, and ‘Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?’ The West is represented by ‘I Left My Heart in San Francisco’ and ‘Do You Know the Way to San Jose?’ The Midwest is underrepresented by only getting ‘Wichita Lineman.’ ‘America the Beautiful’ and Simon and Garfunkel’s ‘America’ serve as bookends.
East, West, South, the songs all feel sanitized. It’s too bad, because most of the material comes right out of the Great American Songbook and you can do a lot with them if you really tried to make each piece sound unique and tell a story or convey a mood of a particular region. But they don’t. The purveyors of this album give you a homogenized feel-good mush that has all the richness and distinction of another corporate entity. This is one depressing album.
You’d be better off buying an album of Johnny Cash or John Coltrane.