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|About the album||"Confluence"|
|About the artist||Jason Vitelli|
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|SR Interview||Jason Vitelli|
A tour de force from Jason Vitelli, Confluence showcases Jason’s talents as songwriter, vocalist, musician and arranger. Featuring solo performances, duets and a trio as well as full ensemble pieces, the album’s 17 songs range from ballads to all out electric rockers, all recorded "live" (for the microphones) and in stereo.
Jason Vitelli: vocal, acoustic and electric guitar, piano
Dave Ramsay: piano, electric guitar
Jiliane Russo: cello
Qun Ma: french horn
Kathrine Becker: celeste
Olivier Prud'homme: bass guitar, electric guitar
Yorgos Maniatis: drums
Cherette Lewis: backing vocal
"I hear everything from Peter Gabriel-era Genesis to prog rock, with a healthy dose of singer-songwriter fare all mixed together and churned out in a completely individual manner... "Confluence" is real, original popular music... And speaking of the sound, this is where the album shines especially bright. I don't think I've ever heard an original rock recording sound so pure and uncompressed...wick up the volume and you'll hear this album in all its glory. The dynamics are outstanding and the tone is spot on."
- Read the review at The Audio Beat
In the May 2012 issue of Music Emotion, reviewer Werner Ero used "Confluence" to evaluate equipment he was reviewing. In his review of a system comprised of components from Spectral and Avalon, Werner said:
"...you'll experience the extraordinary feeling that you're listening to actual performing artists... Extraordinary natural dynamic balance..."
"...very involving all the way through with a unique and varied mixture of styles from simple acoustic ballads to hard electric rock...great original music..."
- Part of a story about Soundkeeper Recordings at Positive Feedback
"The acoustic resonance of "Confluence" takes on different shadings with the addition of the ensemble. "Blank Page" exhibits a haunting theme with the cello accompaniment. Small touches, like a celeste expand the sonic landscape, without altering the flow of the piece. The celeste and cello create a mosaic with harmony vocals on "River Nile". "From Egypt" evokes a classical ambiance with captivating string accents... "Confluence" is a modern approach to recorded popular music."
- Read the review at Audiophile Audition
"This album is a lovely mix of sweet, caressing ballads and lively, rough and rugged rock tracks... Initially they sound so different from the usual rock recordings that one needs time to reset his ears and brain...powerful, lively, exactly like the band was playing inside your listening room... What you get is deep, thunderous bass (electric bass and drums at their best) and a distorted electric guitar that sounds so incredibly REAL! Any rock album should sound this way!... The illusion of being there is literally breath-taking... So stunningly different from the rest that you MUST listen to it. Period."
- Read the review at TNT-Audio
Yorgos, Qun, Jiliane and Kathrine before recording "Blank Page"
Jason, Yorgos, Qun, Jiliane and Kathrine before recording "Blank Page"
Dave and Olivier
Dave, Olivier, Cherette, Yorgos and Jason after recording "The Winner"
Dave, Olivier, Jason and Yorgos run down "Working"
Dave and Olivier in the groove
Olivier checks a playback
Olivier, Jason, Cherette and Yorgos between takes of "Say No More"
Olivier greets the fans
Dave before recording "Feel Better"
Olivier and Dave work on "Call Waiting"
Yorgos getting just the right cymbal sound
Yorgos, Dave and Olivier
Cherette, Dave, Olivier, Yorgos and Jason
Jason and Cherette