Lesley Spencer and members of the Chamber Pop Ensemble — Joy Garden — Gabriella Music

by | Sep 13, 2005 | Pop/Rock/World CD Reviews | 0 comments

Lesley Spencer and members of the Chamber Pop Ensemble — Joy Garden — Gabriella Music GM 2281 ****:

Yet another chamber jazz disc, though it’s being called chamber pop in
this case. That is probably a more appropriate term instead of jazz
because without being critical it can be said that it doesn’t
swing.  And it’s not meant to. This is really closer to New Age
than to jazz, but with a larger aggregation than one usually runs into
the New Age music — around 14 members, including strings and woodwinds.
Composer and arranger Lesley Spencer is the main voice on piano, often
spinning out lovely melodies over a bed of strings and/or woodwinds.
Only once do the proceedings get louder and more active; most of the 15
tracks provide a comfortable melodic ambience, but without the
repetitive and often cloying static harmonies of many New Age albums.
If you have trouble finding it: www.lesleyspencer.com

Tracks: Entre Nous, Summar Lark, Passionate Journey, Daydreams,
Opposites Attract, Since I Met You, A Night in Paris, The Lost Child,
Midnight Rendezvous, One Last Dance, Sarah’s Song, Only Yesterday,
Serenade for a Princess, Une Valse Francaise, Epicurean’s Delight.

— John Sunier 

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