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Bill Cornish – Waking Dreams

March 13, 2019

The very prolific pianist/keyboardist Bill Cornish is most impressive not just as a c-jazz artist but as one who incorporates so many other genres in his music (e.g., rock, funk, orchestral, and World fusion) in his projects. He is also a member of the fusion group The Odd Get Even. So, to say the man embraces music in general would certainly be clearly stating the obvious. Add to that the manner in which he applies such eclecticism to his material, as is the case on his latest release Waking Dreams, and you’ve got the consummate musician and some very impressive work.

Cornish wears diversity like a second skin. There’s the lead track “Zephyr,” a smooth and melodic number that just saunters along with an air of silkiness. Add in the saucy and rhythmic Latin-flavored “Palapa,” the funk-driven “Incognito,” the cosmic/World air of “Axial Tilt,” the tender, sweet, and bluesy “In A Secret Place,” the fusion mix of jazz, blues, and rock in an up-tempo experience called “Quatro De Mayo,” the Latin-laced “Pura Vida,” the celestial “Color of Light,” a taste of Asian exoticism with “Fujiyama,” and the appropriately-titled “The Next Chapter” — a sweet, expressive, and reflective short track that serves as a sort of “see you later with another journey on another album” kind of statement — and more, and you’ve got a great and colorful musical collage.

I’m sure that Cornish prides himself on being able to express himself via so many genres in such a diverse and passionate manner. You would do well to avail yourself of this rich adventure in music. – Ronald Jackson