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Adagio by Dr. Draw

Dr. Draw, a pop violinist, looks too young to actually be a doctor. Eugene Draw is a fine violinist. He has released a new CD, Adagio and with the mastery of a surgeon Dr. Draw paints a picture of classical romanticism on a meeting with folk, pop rock, funk and jazz-rock fusion. Through an easy listening 12 tracks, this slick production visits a varied mix of styles, all anchored with the sophisticated, classical sounding electric violin of Dr. Draw.

The CD’s opening track "Rain" gets a bit trippy, with spoken words against a dark backdrop; a good movie soundtrack theme. A melancholy melody develops with haunting violin, the sound of a train slowly moving off into a mounting storm. A marching beat and sustained violin riffs override an orchestra that builds a wall of sound.

Some of the songs on the recording have a folkloric feel to them, pleasing sounds, and melodies that are interesting and enjoyable. It becomes easy to picture some form of folk dancing to these songs, "Poleshko Pole," "Night" and "Adagio" are all songs strongly reminiscent of folkloric ballads.

The song "6AM Vegas" sounds like a shanty or a jig, a rip roaring, good time feel, East Coast party music. Dr. Draw changes direction once again on the song "Nostalgia" creating a very classical feel over a slight funk rhythm, reminiscent of a Jean-Luc Ponty style of composition. The band stays in the funk spirit for the next tune "The Party." These are the songs that feel the most natural for the band as a collective. The spirit that is conveyed on these songs match the image that the band seems to be portraying on their publicity shots.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Dr. Draw
  • CD Title: Adagio
  • Genre: Fusion
  • Year Released: 2007
  • Record Label: Rayberg Music, Alchemy Entertainment
  • Tracks: Rain, Poleshko Pole, Siberian Sonata, 6AM Vegas, Night, Nostalgia, The Party, La Main, Dancing On Tables, Head Cleaning, Adagio, The Last Race
  • Musicians: Eugene Draw (violin, keys, piano, strings), Pierre-Luc Rioux, Lucas Fowles (guitar), Jean Francois Langevin (bass), Philippe Mius D’Entremont (cello), Guy Telletier, Jeff Louch (keys, piano), Andrew Chan (electric harp), Merlin Ettore (percussion), Marc-Andre Gilbert (drums)
  • Rating: Three Stars
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