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CD REVIEW: Jeffrey Michael – Reflections
By Ben Ohmart - 10/06/2001 - 04:11 PM EDT

Artist: Jeffrey Michael
Album: Reflections
CD Review: Here we have a 52 minute instrumental piano cd from Jeffrey Michael. He’s the composer, performer, producer and arranged on all you hear, plus engineering and sequencing the keyboard background that provides a rather new age string section to haunt your season. It’s October now, and when I am immersed in ‘Road to Bonifacio’ with its rich and vibrant piano sounds on the bass side of the keys, it rather makes me want to throw open the blinds and windows and look at some genuine orange colors, the color of dying and the feeling of rebirth.

While all tunes are original, there’s one that everyone will know immediately. ‘Cannon Variations by Pachebel’ contains lite but energetic melody lines. Yet for my money, his easy nature of ‘Mirror of Dreams’ and the like can’t be beat. Imagine yourself at a Linus concert in a Snoopy special, after he’s forsaken all the classical composers, and launches himself into Rick Wakeman territory. Uplifting and spiritually motivated, that’s how to describe what you hear in these 10 tracks.

It’s easy to see why Jeffrey is writing for film now (Guido and Drive are two of his soundtracks), and why he’s itching to move from Detroit to LA to take up this vocation full time. He’s got the skill, and a beautiful way of evoking mental pictures from wordless creations. My only hope is that he retains much of the tuneful nature of what is enveloped in the Reflections present, and doesn’t allow his lush tones to come out in the Xeroxed direction that many current film scores now lull into. Keep your head, keep your eyes focused on symphonic melody, Mr. Michael, and you’ll win your wings.

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