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The debut album from this unique guitarist and vocalist first view brings together vocals in the style of Bobby McFerrin and Al Jarreau with the classical guitar in the style of Ottmar Leibert and Marc Antoine.

1. West End
2. Highway One
3. First View
4. Midnight At The Oasis
5. I Know
6. One Wish
7. Happy Feet
8. East Wind
9. Sunrise Celebration
10. We Will Be

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 13, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Native Language Music
  • ASIN: B00000JYBF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,790 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Christine Purden on May 14, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Although my words may be redundant of others who have reviewed this CD, I find this artist and his style of playing awesome! This is a musician who not only plays great guitar and writes his own music, but he also has a beautiful voice and his own unique scat-style of singing. The song, "I Know" is probably one of the most beautiful love songs I've ever heard - actually choked me up the 1st time I heard it. A must-have for those who love the format of contemporary jazz.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By George Weigel on June 2, 2004
Format: Audio CD
It's true that sometimes a lot of smooth-jazz players get into a format and all start to sound alike. If you like the format (which I do), it's not that big a deal because nothing is going to sound all that bad. But if you haven't heard Steve Oliver, you really should give this album and his second effort, "Positive Energy," a try. He's not only a tremendously talented guitar player, but his singing style is fresh... kind of a blend of R&B, Latin love singer, scat and Al Jarreau. I'm really shocked that anyone who likes jazz or smooth jazz would not rate this a 5-star. Even my wife and teen daughter really liked this effort, which crosses over into two other distinctly different musical tastes. It's rare that any artist sounds great to three different people with three different music tastes. I don't buy a ton of music, but I'll be buying every album Steve Oliver does. In fact, that's why I'm even online writing this... I was checking to see if he's come out with a third album yet.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By JazzFan72 on June 22, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Steve Oliver's debut CD "First View" is one of the best jazz CD's of 1999. Already becoming a staple on Smooth Jazz stations all over California, Oliver's mix of upbeat guitar picking, pop schemes and scatting, is sure to tempt the ears of anyone looking to combine Marc Antoine or Peter White with Al Jarreau. Pop, Jazz, Funk, Soul....it's all represented here. Highlights on the disc include the fun "Midnight at the Oasis", the ocean-drive inspired "Highway One", and the catchy "West End". Former Bamboo Forest guitarist Steve Oliver is out front where he belongs! Keep your eye on him.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Shannon on March 4, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is the perfect CD for this time of year..it sounds like morning sunlight. Coincidentally one of the catchiest tracks is called "Sunrise Celebration". As a writer, Steve Oliver delivers irresistable hooks that will leave you wanting more, as a guitarist he's got chops that he showcases here without ever sacrificing the song to a technical flash-out. At a time when some Contemporary Jazz CDs are starting to sound like one long song this one delivers a variety of modos and tempos, and they all flow together seamlessly. This was my favorite relase from 1999 and has been living on my CD player as we head outdoors to the garden and the beach.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gary L. Phillips on January 15, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Having seen Steve in concert a few times with Bamboo Forest, I could only hope that his first solo CD would be as exciting as his live performances. Well, my hope has been exceeded. This is the best smooth jazz cd in my collection of over 800 jazz CDs. The only minor quibble that I could have is that Steve doesn't outrightly sing except for a single song. He's too good a singer (and yes, his vocal stylings are incredible) to sing only one song.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jan Baker on April 5, 2002
Format: Audio CD
First heard this artist on the cable music jazz channel and had to turn up the volume! The song "west end" is especially good - features sax player Jeff Kashiwa who is fantastic! This CD is on my list now!
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