Well folks I just received my copy of Fruits and Nuts by the band Phoenix. Here the review:
Brian Sears- Sax
David Meade- Drums and percussion
John Cowherd- Keyboards
Gary Corwin- Vocals
Patrick Pfeiffer- Bass
So the entire cd except for one song is written by Patrick, the one song is "Amazing Grace", Patrick did do the arranging on it though. What I find totally amazing about this cd is that it isn't as overly bass oriented as you would think. There a are some fantastic sax solos as well as great keyboards. David holds the beat through the entire cd, very solid with great fills. Some songs suck you in like a good movie. "10:10 PLM" reminds me a hot summer night (which is really refreshing for me right now). The previously mentioned "Amazing Grace" has an equally amazing intro by Patrick. "LAH" transports me to 1940's style movie with Humphrey Bogart and a sad ending. Am I gushing? No, a couple of the songs didn't get me in like others, but that is personal taste. "The Coffee Bean That Got Away" didn't seem to fit to me. My kids were laughing and dancing to "Once You've Been a Raisin", so thanks to Patrick and Phoenix they are sleeping comfortably tonight. You can tell what Patricks musical personality is like from this cd, he is obviously a musician that likes to share the stage with other musicians. You can also tell that Patrick is a damn fine player, I hope that I can eventually play 1/4 as well as he can one day. Overall it is a wonderful listening experience and I highly recommend it to the masses!