The Rhythm of Paradise
Artist: Tim Coffman
Label: Rolltop Music
Length: 13 Tracks / 53:48
The first three tracks from
Tim Coffman's The Rhythm of Paradise bear little resemblance to
his recent CDs Music From Beach Boulevard and Beach and Guitar. The originator
of a California-Hawaiian new beach music genre has gone in a new direction
with The Rhythm of Paradise. The tunes on this CD are all good it
is just that at times the album seems like it is in search of an identity.
The song selection is somewhat ambivalent alternating between twangy country
tunes such as "Big Island Rodeo" and "Kona Cowboys" and the beautifully
tapestry of "Aloha Beach."
John Rekevics returns to
work his magic on saxophone and I particularly appreciated his work on
the fourth track "Cat and Mouse." We are also treated to some great piano
chops by Bill Haworth.
The fifth groove "Fresh
Roses" is a brilliantly textured composition that rolls easily between
a soft neo Jazz flavor and a more subtle melody created by Greg Sardinha's
Hawaiian lap steel guitar. You close your eyes, imagine the surf and can
almost taste the salt in the air. Just as appealing is "Low Tide" which
is literally introduced by the sound of waves.
The problem with song selection
is just as you are either floating away to some idyllic isle or are thinking
about dimming the lights, lighting some candles and waiting for your wife
to come home in barges another country tune.
Walter Santos' hand played
percussion beats add to the flavor of "One Night In Lahaina" and provide
a syncopated rhythm that compliments the guitar work quite nicely.
It wouldn't surprise me
in the least if some of the instrumental tunes from The Rhythm of Paradise
find their way to the silver screen.
The talented musicians who
appear on this CD are too numerous to mention but we would be remiss in
not giving honorable mention to Coffman's own work on Rhodes, synthesizer
and guitar. He is once again joined on guitar by the impeccable work of
Anthony Da Luz, Don Strandberg and Billy Thompson.
By Joe Montague, exclusive
Joe Montague is an internationally
published journalist / photographer. His ministry is dedicated to the memory
of his late son Kent David Montague who went to heaven at the age of 18.
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