The Prog Mind Reviews Moments of Light and Dark
I've been meaning to share this lovely album from Bill Cornish for some time. This is a gorgeous New Age affair with lots of delicious synth and interesting world music twists. There isn't a weak track on the album. I have found myself putting this on while I work just to bask in its ambience.
Sea of Tranqulity Reviews Nonverbal Behaviors
The (cleverly named) Odd Get Even is a funky jazz-fusion collaboration between Chicago-based keyboardist Bill Cornish and Seattle-based drummer Bill Ray, and Nonverbal Behaviors is the duo’s fifth album. This lively collection features eight songs, which began life as Ray’s improvised drum tracks. Cornish then built arrangements and added musical details. Along the way, this fluid album features guests on guitar (Bruce Williams on “Travels”), trumpet and saxes (Mitch “The Lip” Goldman and Robbert-Jan Zanvoort, respectively, on the vintage Chicago-influenced “Shakti”) and trombone (Victor Fuenmayor on “South Loop Hustle”).
No two songs sound alike, and the duo takes listeners from the smooth funk of opening track “Spark” to the spooky and cinematic “Visionquest” to the groovy “South Loop Hustle” and its Windy City jazz vibe. Lovers of instrumental jazz fusion with flair will dig Nonverbal Behaviors. And for casual fusion fans, the album clocks in at a solid 35 minutes -- long enough to appreciate The Odd Get Even’s musical dexterity without losing interest.
Sea of Tranqulity Reviews Gratitude
We last heard from keyboardist Bill Cornish in 2019 with the release of his excellent album Waking Dreams. Well, he’s back with a follow up album titled Gratitude. Of course Cornish’s keyboards and piano are all over the album but he lets all the musicians beside him shine as there are tremendous solo spots throughout the album’s thirteen tracks.
Gratitude is a very accessible jazz/fusion album and the opening track “Zócalo” is very melodic with rousing feel good grooves and excellent sax, trumpet, synth and guitar solo spots. Everything flows so naturally and there is never a sense of showboating, especially since the melody is always close at hand. Next is the more restrained and slightly funky “Say What?” which includes a smoking sax solo from Joe Difiore. Cornish brings it down a little more with a couple of mellower tracks, the lovely “Gratitude” which includes another sublime sax solo, this time from Marius Trapp, and the smooth “Warm House On A Cold Day” featuring Cornish’s inviting piano work and, you guessed it, another fine sax solo courtesy of Robbert-Jan Zandvoort. The easy going “Serenidade” and the keyboard heavy “Echidna” are more excellent tracks. Cornish really makes his present felt on the latter, an up-tempo number that has a retro ‘70s flair. The next couple of tracks, “Snow Dance” and “Restless Sands” feature the violin work of Jessie Morgan and Maria Grig, who also adds cello. Both are slightly darker in tone, invoking a wistfulness that is easily felt.
Gratitude is another fine album from Mr. Cornish, very easy on the ears with finely crafted melodies and superb musicianship. As such, this one comes highly recommended.