US-California - Luna Kafé - Full Moon 4 - 02/22/97
Zee, Zoe, Kyle ... and Friends
Imagine seven paintings. First, one entitled The Awakening,
featuring a pair of soft blue eyes surrounded by stairways and
floating geometric shapes. Next you encounter colorful natural and
man-made jigsaw patterns residing in The Direction. Later you come
across disrupted kaleidoscopic symmetries in The Journey. Finally
there is Imagination, a blank, white canvas in a simple wooden
frame. Now imagine the music that would accompany them, for this is
the concept behind this album: a musical interpretation of seven
paintings with one song for each painting.
Zee, Zoe, and Kyle are, respectively, keyboardist and guitarist
Bobby "Zee" Soler, guitarist and bassist Bob "Zoe" Soler, and
saxophonist and flutist Robert Kyle. The seven paintings inspiring
Seven Stories were all conceived by Zoe, each of them acrylic on
canvas except for Queen Of Fantasy, which was created using a
computer. The accompanying, interpretive music is composed and
arranged by either Zee, Zoe, or Kyle, each playing the above
mentioned instruments among others, and they are joined by "friends"
on accompanying instruments, including John Lewis on drums and
tambourine and Tony Shogren on pandeiro and djembe.
The seven paintings inspire contemporary jazz, flavored with nuances
of synthetic New Age, soulful blues, and island breezes. For each
song one envisions the painting that evoked it and is readily led
there and beyond by the inspired music. This is the kind of album
that makes you stop, listen, and look.
Copyright © 1997 J. A. Gilbert