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Songs From The Stone by G. David Falkenstein

When I first received the release Songs from the Stone from pan-flute and quasi-trumpet artist G. Davis Falkenstein, I was expecting to hear music of the nature of keyboardist David Arkenstone. Was I pleasantly surprised. Falkenstein presents many aspects of smooth jazz, acid jazz and experimental new age together to make a mostly enjoyable CD. There are a couple of tracks that became very obnoxious after a time, but the release has some very good surprises.

I was expecting the closing track Come in Peace to be a very solemn track. Instead it is 70's tinged soul track that brings back memories of the movie Shaft. The track Rain Forest Jazz gives an updated look at Paul Hardcastle's hit Rain Forest with a flavor all its own. Also of note is that Songs from the Stone is primarily uptempo songs. I was expecting a couple more slower numbers, but was pleasantly surprised.

G. Davis Falkenstein has a knack with the material presented here. Some of this material is made for the movies or television. Falkenstein has a bright future.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: G. David Falkenstein
  • CD Title: Songs From The Stone
  • Genre: Cool Jazz
  • Year Released: 2002
  • Record Label: ShedMedia Group
  • Rating: Three Stars
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