Dave Eggar, cello & ensemble – Left of Blue – Domo Records

by | Jul 17, 2006 | Pop/Rock/World CD Reviews | 0 comments

Dave Eggar, cello & ensemble – Left of Blue  – Domo Records 73053-2 ****:

Another difficult-to-categorize album. Even if we had a New Age section it probably wouldn’t belong there because there is considerable depth and density to most of the dozen tracks here, and the instrumentation is quite different from that heard on most New Age albums. Cellist Eggar also plays various keyboards, and on one track is joined by a second cello. Four of the tracks feature just his own mostly cello playing, though aided on some by electronic manipulation. Saxist Michael Brecker is the source of one of the tunes – Angel of Repose – the rest are originals by Eggar. There is a larger aggregation on the final track of the CD, including accordion, piano, and even kora.

This is a most enjoyable and original album. It is relaxing and laid back but in no danger of putting one to sleep or boring one as with many New Age discs. Eggar’s cello sound is rich and full, conjuring up a sonic aura of stress-relieving beauty.

Tracks: Breathe, Maria Mae, Angle of Repose, Afrika, Sao Bento, Elusive Space, Pescador, Deep Blue, Tempest, Left of Center, Floating, Dream in 4D.

 – John Sunier

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