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Moving Forward

April 14, 2009 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: April 14, 2009
  • Release Date: April 14, 2009
  • Label: REFORM
  • Copyright: 2009 Reform Records
  • Total Length: 1:16:33
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B001QSXIWW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,229 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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Moving Forward is an awesome CD by the great Bernie Williams of New York Yankees baseball fame. Bernie, as it turns out, can turn out a song alongside the best of them; and I'm very impressed. He can not only play guitar but he can write some pretty terrific arrangements for his songs, too! This guy's loaded with talent; and the songs on this album prove it. In addition, the quality of the sound is excellent and I really like that artwork, too.

The album begins with the title track, "Moving Forward" and this features Wayman Tisdale. The Latin jazzy arrangement is very well done and these guys never miss a beat! "Moving Forward" is an auspicious beginning for this album; it's quite upbeat and it will have you tapping your foot to the best almost without you even realizing it! There's another gem in "Ritmo De Otono" which features Dave Koz; Bernie plays guitar so very well--can I be just a little bit jealous?

"Addicted To You" has Bernie in his natural musical element; this tune ranks high in my book and the arrangement couldn't be better. The number is soothing despite being somewhat complex and that's grand. "Just Another Day" amazes me--this track is worth the price of admission just by itself! Bernie enlists the help of Cuban-American balladeer Jon Secada to make "Just Another Day" shine! Moreover, "Lullaby For Beatriz" is one of the sweetest guitar arrangements I've heard--ever. Bernie plays guitar with great sensitivity and just one listen proves it. "Lullaby For Beatriz" is easily a highlight of this album.

"Go For It" has that awesome jazzy Latin sound and Bernie's guitar playing enhances the number to make it take off like a rocket! I love it. If you want something truly electric just listen to "Que Rico El Mambo.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lewis W. Lefevre on April 15, 2009
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I have three loves in my life, my family, baseball and music. In Baseball the Yankees are my love and Bernie was a great part of that. I am glad to see him move on and being succesful in the second (or first) great love of his life. He truly is as great a musician as he was a baseball player and maybe even a little better. I just listened to this cd for the first time and I will keep listening and wear it out. Keep it up Bernie! Highly recommended if you like jazz music.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brooklyn's Air Force on April 16, 2009
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If you like guitar music, it's a base hit. It you like latin music, it's a double. If you like jazz, it's a triple. If you like listening to music that let's you sit back and relax or move your neck and feet it is an inside the park homerun. I purchased this one then went back and brought his first album. Springsteen was hard on my ears, but he is the boss. Williams is a very talented musician!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christopher H. Lythgoe on May 4, 2010
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I am a professional drummer and percussion player and this being said I am not neccessarily the easiest person to impress. I however, reccemmend this CD to anybody wanting to hear great passionate music. Bernie combines elements of his Puerto Rican roots with outstanding percussion tracks that overflow with passion and professional dynamics! He has illustrated his diverse skills and talents on guitar and I love his rock, Jazz, Latin and blues sound. I am a strong proponent of culture, and music diversity. Bernie is a natural for engaging listeners with guitar melodies, solos and drives many tracks with energy and brightness! I must add, that I have over 22 years of band experience myself and two professionally recorded CD'S but Bernie is a musician and ball player that slams a home run with his Moving Forward CD and I can only hope that one day I would be blessed to play drums or percussion in his band.
I eagerly await his next CD project and encourage his continued strong dynamic sound that really drives with heart felt percussion from the soul! I also really enjoyed his faith based instrumental track; He Reigns which was both exceptional and an excellent tribute to the one who has blessed people with varieties of skills and talents.
Cheers! and God Speed!
Chris L.
Former Percussion player of Broken Pieces Band
and former Drummer and Percussion player of Last Second Comeback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark A. Lowell on July 30, 2009
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Bernie Williams has scored big on the baseball diamond, and has demonstrated himself to be a noteworthy musician as well. The album Moving Forward has a Latin flavor, reflective of his roots. His guitar skills are astounding. The album seems a bit too over-reaching, too ecclectic to hit all the right spots for somebody who wants great music to read or relax by. Williams seems to be trying a little bit of everything to make everybody happy with at least a couple of the cuts. In doing so, he has DIAMONDS mixed in with lesser pleasing tracks. I find myself wanting to hear several of the tracks over and over, but would prefer NOT to listen to the entire album in one sitting.
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By Larry Gott on August 18, 2009
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I heard Bernie play on the Mike Huckabee show a few months ago, and HAD to get this album. He played the title song "Moving Forward" with the Huckabee group "The Little Rockers". It was just a small clue about how good Bernie and his REAL group would be, and I listened to all the songs here on Amazon (Always a good idea!) before making my final decision to purchase.

This is my favorite album leaps and bounds over any other that I have. I never realized I liked salsa jazz so much -- although not all the cuts are salsa. I kept thinking over and over how good the musicians were, not a missed note, not a sloppy slide, everything crisp and clear. And Bernie's guitar must be a $40,000 one, it has such clear bell-tones. (After all, he can afford it!)

My favorites cuts are "Moving Forward", "Addicted to You", and the rocker "Just Another Day". Undecided? Listen here, and then go buy!

Added on 2/27/10: Now, months later, I have bought Bernie's first album "The Journey Within" produced in 2003. This one "Moving Forward" was produced in 2009. It shows! It's six years better, six years more professional. There are 7-8 cuts on this album that I like, perhaps 2-3 on Bernie's first.

Happy listening!
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