THIS IS AN ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT ALBUM!
Harold Ellison “The Jazz Cafe” TripleU-FM Nowra, New South Wales – AUSTRALIA
YOU NEED TO HAVE THIS CD IN YOUR COLLECTION!
Gi Dussault Upper Room Radio Show Connecticut – USA
ALTO LIVELLO DI PERFEZIONE NEL MISCELARE TECNICA STRUMENTALE E POTENZA CREATIVA!!
Scazzola Giovanni Pietro, Radio Gold Popular Network – ITALIA
Alex Pijnen BRTO – Netherlands
A STAND OUT!
Steve Morgan Bay FM 100.3 – Australia
LOVE IT, FROM START TO FINISH!
Mark oneill 3 way Fm, Victoria Australia
Rafel Corbi – RADIO RPM_FM Palafrugell , Spain
THIS IS A GREAT CD!
Michael Criddle Triple H 100.1 FM Australia
FRIENDS IS TRULY A WINNER!
J.Otis Williams Jazz88 San Diego USA
A CERTIFIED JAZZ CROONER, WHO KNOWS HOW TO MAKE A SONG COME ALIVE!
Franceso Emanuel The Muses Muse USA
GREAT, UNIQUE AND DIVERSE SELECTION OF MATERIAL!
Marty Scarbrough KASU Program Director 91.9 FM Arkansas – USA
SINGEN KANN ER, UND ZWAR GANZ PHANTASTISCH!
Corinna Prange Jazzdimension.de – Germany
SPANNENDE KURZWEIL DURCH DI IMMER ORIGINELLE BEARBEITUNGEN!
SoulSite.de – Germany
Singer Eric van Aro and his musician friends break new grounds interpreting modern standards by Gino Vannelli, Stevie Wonder, Stephen Sondheim and Led Zeppelin among others, as well as songs with lyrics penned by Eric himself.
His jazz influences come through loudly and clearly on Vannellis “PUT THE WEIGHT ON MY SHOULDERS” which includes a masterful trumpet solo by Franco Ambrosetti and “MILES BLOWIN” a tune originally sung by Chaka Khan.
Led Zeppelin’s “FRIENDS”(the title track) gets an updated and essential sound and speaks clearly about the theme of the album: Friendship! “THE PAINTING IN MY HEART” (a van Aro original) is an ode to Sundance in the state of Utah and his painter friend Billy Szaggars. “WON’T PLAY NO MORE”, a legendary Italian blues originally sung by Mina with Toots Thielemans on Harmonica, gets the bayou treatment, with english lyrics by Van Aro.
Stevie Wonders “MISSTRA KNOW-IT-ALL” and Peter Allen’s “NOT THE BOY NEXT DOOR” both take a trip to up beat Latin America, while Bruno de Filippi’s amazing Harmonica underlines the dramatic vein of “THE GERSHWIN TAYLOR KING MEDLEY”.
Throughout the album Eric’s voice always comes over in an emotively compelling manner that matches the depths of the excellent compositions.
The sum total of this album bends the rules without breaking the spirit of the songs, managing to be instantly attractive yet certain without any doubt to reward listeners for years to come.