CD Duration: 61.48 / Year: 2014
2014 release playing a Yamaha Tyros 3, Hammond XPK-100 and M-Audio 61-ES.
The Sound of Music Overture
I’ve Got You Under My Skin
Out of Africa
Quiet Night of Quiet Stars (Corcovado)
The Eve of the War (from “War of the Worlds”)
Why Haven’t I Heard From You
Mas Que Nada
Les Misérables Selection
There You’ll Be
Organ & Keyboard Cavalcade Review
I was rather taken with Steve Hubble’s last CD which was released around two and a half years ago. It was called, “The Second Time Around” and this is another equally impressive release called, “My Music”.
As with “The Second Time Around”, this one is also played on the Yamaha Tyros 3 with a Hammond XPK-100 and an M-Audio 61-ES. Actually, the Hammond are midi bass pedals and the M-Audio is a USB keyboard, so neither of them actually produce any sound, they just control the Tyros 3 and turn it into two manual instrument with pedals (what Steve calls a “Midi Keyboard System”). The music is recorded and tweaked using Cakewalk Sonar software.
This whole CD was released to celebrate his thirty years in the music business with all the tracks meaning something to Steve. As there were a lot of special songs and not enough space, this release is a part one, with “My Music 2” due for release in 2015.
Now, I’m not a great fan of “The Sound of Music”, so my heart sinks a bit when I see those words, especially when followed by the other word, “medley”. At least this time it’s followed by the word “overture” which has the promise of at least being shorter. However, this one is actually listenable and, dare I say, enjoyable. You only get a few seconds of each tune, so hardly enough time for any of them to become irritating and the arrangement seems to hark back to the original score and the playing does make it sound really fresh with strings, brass, snare drums, harps, tubular bells and timpanis… the works. Very impressive.
The Tattooists theme tune next with “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” with a great groove and big band style arrangement. All orchestral and dreamy next with John Barry’s beautiful theme to “Out of Africa”, before we get a laid-back light dose of latin by way of “Quiet Night of Quiet Stars (Corcovado)”. We get all ‘synthy’ next with “The Eve of the War”, before we have one of the nicest arrangements I’ve heard of “Sleepy Shores” with a beautiful classical guitar riff behind the usual piano melody.
The next one is new to me, it’s Reba McEntire’s “Why Haven’t I Heard From You”, which is a pretty standard rock ’n’ roll tune, but the backing is very ‘beefy’, especially with the bass, brass and drums. Another track new to me next (I should get out more), with a beautiful David Foster piano piece called “Water Fountain”, which as it turns out is the love theme from “The Secret of My Success”. A more uptempo latin track next with “Mas Que Nada” before we have a ten minute “Les Misérables” selection.
Another one new to me next with, “There You’ll Be” by Faith Hill, which is a really lovely tune (mind you it was written by Diane Warren, so what do you expect) which was featured on the “Pearl Harbour” movie soundtrack. We have the only opera piece next with “Nessun Dorma”, in fact this is the only classical piece on the whole CD. This is a really lovely arrangement building from oboe and strings to choir and full orchestra. A complete one-eighty next with the penultimate track, “Dueling Banjos” from the movie “Deliverance”. The only trouble with this piece is that it takes ages to get going, but once it does, it’s a fun piece with banjos and fiddles taking it in turns to outdo one another. The final piece is John Miles’ epic track “Music”, with it’s key, tempo and mood changes.
This is a lovely CD which will end up being one of the best of the year (as his previous one was). You can hear clips from this CD and others in these reviews on our website at organ.co.uk.
Review by Ian King from Organ and Keyboard Cavalcade Magazine.