Acoustic Alchemy – Spiritual Smooth Jazz go to link thank you letter writing paper how many words should a good issue essay on gre have brave new world research essay topics best secondary viagra pills cialis online ny essay on starting a small business fine comparative essay college essay advisors new york, new york glassdoor how long does 5mg cialis takes to work gamabenceno in walgreens viagra comprimido preo my green world- essay for 500 words gia 1 vi thuoc viagra viagra creme vrouwen master thesis energy kth here enter how to use analysis in an essay kamagra southampton follow link source difference between abstract and introduction thesis medicamento levitra para sirve philippine architectural thesis proposals follow link abilify vs abilify discmelt The British Smooth Jazz super-group “Acoustic Alchemy” was originally the title of a CD by two guitarists, Nick Webb and Simon James. Oddly enough, today neither is part of the band called, “Acoustic Alchemy.” However, Nick Webb’s spirit lives on in the direction of their music. Acoustic Alchemy’s sound is wonderfully soothing yet spiritually motivating. It has a magical ability to transport the listener to a better place.

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The irony is that this group, with music that is truly uplifting, has faced some difficult setbacks that could have led others to write more somber pieces. Yet this is not the case. Shortly after the release of that original CD titled “Acoustic Alchemy,” James left the partnership to study flamenco guitar in Spain. Webb turned to a rock guitarist named Greg Carmichael and the two assumed the name of Acoustic Alchemy. Sadly after much success on GRP records and a Grammy nomination, Nick Webb died of pancreatic cancer in 1998 during the recording of “Positive Thinking.”

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Webb’s role was filled by Miles Gilderdale, who was playing in the electric guitar slot in the band at the time. As we all know, that positive energy that inspired Acoustic Alchemy up to this point continued almost as a tribute to Webb.

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The band moved to EMI’s Higher Octave label, where they released a short string of successful albums, beginning with The Beautiful Game (2000), which also introduced keyboardist Anthony “Fred” White to the band lineup. Then a line of smooth jazz superstars began joining their recording sessions. The GRAMMY®-nominated “Aart” (2001) is their biggest selling album to date, and includes assistance by saxophonist Jeff Kashiwa. “Radio Contact” (2003), is the first in their discography to include a vocal track – “Little Laughter,” performed by Joe Harrop. “This Way,” (2007) includes collaborations with jazz/funk/soul band Down to the Bone and a guest appearance by trumpeter Rick Braun.

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Their most recent effort,” Roseland” was self-produced in Gilderdale’s home studio in York, England, which thanks to software based recording packages allows many artists to record in private home studios (which has hurt the recording industry, but that topic is for another time). Nonetheless, British smooth jazz group Acoustic Alchemy climbed to the top of the charts with lively grooves and infectious melodies, capturing three Grammy nominations!


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About Daniel Odescalchi

I've been a smooth jazz fan since I was first turned onto David Sanborn, Marcus Miller & Bob James in the 80's. And who could forget Dave Grusin. Unfortunately after a while too many people started doing pop covers and it polluted the smooth jazz pool. That's starting to change and this blog is dedicated to educating people on the enjoyment of smooth jazz and the artists that perform it.
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