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Nicholas Bridgman – Forest Vision

Nov. 10, 2012

For a mild change of pace, I offer this review of easy listening/piano bar jazz just to illustrate the artist’s adeptness and to add the sweet element of surprise and diversity here on The Ride. Not often reviewed here, this rather tame, quiet style of music will sometimes catch my ear because of a special kind of richness and fluidity. This project, Forest Vision, is offered by one Nicholas Bridgman and carries quiet confidence with its mild flavorings and rhythms.

The lead and title track is a rather sassy little piece demonstrating very decent skills by Bridgman. The bounce and traditionalism of upbeat piano jazz can be witnessed on track 3’s “Push.”

While not at all what you may be seeking in the smooth jazz category, you can appreciate the cool stylings of Bridgman.

Picking up the pace in a nice come-along-with-me manner, Bridgman renders a solid up-tempo tune called “Morning.” Another such tune might be the finale “Yesterday’s Travels.”

This is not at all a rousing, funky CD by any stretch of the imagination, but it does offer tasteful, subdued easy sounds to coax away the tensions of the day.  Personally, I would have much preferred an entire CD of Bridgman’s up-tempo material much like that mentioned above because he struts that material with authority and definition. It is there that you can hear a bit of David Benoit. As it is, it may still be a CD that provides the sort of balance you seek in jazz or easy listening. – Ronald Jackson