Arturo Mayorga | Lucid Dreams

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Lucid Dreams

by Arturo Mayorga

Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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1. Find Me Again
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2. Mystery
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3. Looking
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4. Serendipity
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5. Eastern Pulse
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6. Reflejos
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7. You Know It's You
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8. One More Day
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9. Latent Words
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10. Within a Glimpse
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11. If We Don't, Who Will
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Raj Manoharan (www.rajmanreviews.blogspot.com)

The RajMan Review
Arturo Mayorga presents a collection of eleven tunes that accomplish what good music does – take listeners’ minds off their cares and transport them to a place of inspiration and enlightenment.

The pianist/keyboardist alternates between solo tracks, duets, and a full ensemble. The rich sound is achieved by a full consort of musicians on guitar, drums, percussion, flute, oboe, English horn, voice, violin, viola, and cello.

Mayorga is a master of his craft, constructing snappy compositions around his fine, pointed melodies. He has an acute understanding of pop sensibilities that makes his music accessible to listeners of every stripe.

This is an enjoyable CD that is engaging from beginning to end.
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Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music & Media Focus
After the success of his debut CD, “Cascades”, Arturo Mayorga’s latest release, “Lucid Dreams,” takes it to the next level. Arturo chose to work with one of the finest producer/ engineers available - Grammy-award winner Corin Nelsen, who I am quite familiar with from his work with Windham Hill founder Will Ackerman among other projects. There are a number of other notable names on “Lucid Dreams” as well.

Airy flute and ambient synthesizer sounds create an atmospheric intro to the first track, entitled “Find Me Again.” The mood soon shifts as conga drums lay down a groove and Arturo’s piano takes command. I’m not sure exactly what it is about the chord progression he is playing, but I found it quite compelling. This is followed by a composition called “Mystery” that with its lush orchestration and blend of classical and new age overtones reminded me a bit of Yanni. After the relatively calm and pastoral feel of “Looking” with its wistful oboe melody, the grandeur, passion, and drama of the next track, “Serendipity” created a yin/yang contrast. This piece, which features the string quartet, could work quite well as a film soundtrack.

A standout track, for me, is the upbeat Latin-tinged “Reflejos” which showcases the tasteful Spanish guitar playing of David Cullen. In another yin/yang comparison, the following track, “You Know It’s You,” is a lovely ballad that highlights Arturo’s skill as an arranger. In addition to Arturo’s flair for arranging, I’m also quite impressed with his skill as a pianist and his ability to play with grace and subtlety as well as with tremendous power and passion. It seems that I’m not the only one who finds a lot to like in Arturo’s music, as Lucid Dreams opened in the top spot for the April 2012 ZMR Top 100 radio charts. I believe that he has chosen wisely in working with a top-flight producer/engineer and highly talented accompanists to bring out the shine and sparkle of his well-conceived compositions. If “Lucid Dreams” is any indication, I’m sure there will be many more sweet dreams in Arturo’s future.
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Kathy Parsons

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"Lucid Dreams" is the very impressive follow-up to Arturo Mayorga’s 2009 debut,"Cascades." As he did on his first album, Mayorga has included an interesting variety of musical styles and moods that demonstrate his versatility as a composer and pianist/keyboardist. One of the eleven tracks is solo piano, and the others include guitar, flute, percussion and drums, wordless vocals, oboe, and/or strings. Some of the pieces indicate Yanni’s influence, but Mayorga is obviously finding and developing his own distinctive musical voice. Also an accomplished ballroom dancer, much of Mayorga’s music is very rhythmic and danceable. Even the slower ballads have the dreamy sway of a graceful slow dance. There is a lot to like about this album, and I think it will do a great deal to expand Mayorga’s audience and fan-base.

"Lucid Dreams" begins with “Find Me Again,” a passionate love song with a strong beat and beautiful performances by Lew Tabackin on flute and Daniele Hager’s powerful soprano voice in addition to Mayorga’s piano. “Mystery” is a sultry ballad that conveys deep emotion with a slow dance rhythm and beautiful melody; as always, Jill Haley’s oboe adds an elegant touch. Haley also appears on the introspective “Looking,” conveying a sense of longing as she carries much of the lovely melody. “Eastern Pulse” picks up the pace with an exotic beat and a variety of keyboard sounds in addition to the piano. “Reflejos” has an energetic Latin flair with David Cullen’s impressive guitar and Jeff Haynes’ soaring percussion along with Mayorga’s dancing piano fingers. Smokin’! “Latent Words” is just Mayorga on piano with Daniele Hager’s voice and Steve Holley’s drums and percussion providing a strong, sensuous backbeat. I like the way this one sometimes resolves to a minor chord and sometimes to a major, making it a bit unpredictable. It’s a beautiful ballad no matter which direction it takes. “Within A Glimpse” is a tender, romantic love song that would be an elegant slow dance. “If We Don’t, Who Will?” is the only piano solo and overflows with emotion, ending the album with a sweet sigh. Check it out!
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