The Journey Within
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The Journey Within
Baseball player Bernie Williams swings more than a bat! Like the former pro basketball player Wayman Tisdale, Williams is a serious musician--a good acoustic and electric guitarist. Even if the guy is no Pat Metheny, the Puerto Rican-born superstar is classically trained, has a decent tone, and credible technique. Supporting Williams on his debut endeavor is a who's who of contemporary jazz and Latin superstars: from the banjo maestro Bela Fleck and keyboardist David Benoit to the Panamanian salsa singer/songwriter Ruben Blades, and the salsero Gilberto Santa Rosa. Musically, the material includes Latin-tinged, smooth jazz numbers, like the spirited "La Salsa En Mi," the bouncy, "Samba Novo" by the Brazilian guitar king Baden Powell, and reverent readings of Kansas's "Dust in the Wind" and Billy Joel's "And So It Goes." The most heartfelt track on this CD is the wistful "Para Don Berna," an elegy to Williams' late father. Now, we have a good idea of what this outfielder will do when he quits his day job. --Eugene Holley, Jr.
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I like "Moving Forward" far better than "The Journey Within", and I suspect most people will be disappointed if they buy TJW second because they liked "Moving Forward". There are 7-8 cuts on MF I *really* like, but only 2-3 on this CD. One difference may be my perception of TJW being done with a 6-person group, MF with 15 people available. TJW is good, MF is precision personified.
Just my opinion, yours may be different, but listen to the 30 second previews here first. If you've bought neither, then listen to both previews.
Like so many others, I am a Bernie Williams baseball fan, but that may be why I give it 5 stars instead of 4 stars. It is truly excellent. If you don't like music that chills, grooves, funks, sambas, and rocks a little than this may not be for you. This is contemporary Jazz with a grooving latin/rock/blues touch. As you can read, he incorporates a lot of different styles into one unique sound. Obviously he has extraordinary god given talent. The cd's production is also top notch and his session players are fantastic.
Put the disc into your computer to watch a 9 minute making of the video.
Kinda funny, but I bought this at the same time I picked up Red Sox pitcher Bronson Arroyo's "Covering the Bases" and I don't know if I've even listened to it all the way through.
Maybe Bernie and Russ Freeman (Rippingtons) should do some collaborative work.