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The Next Stage

by Louis Colaiannia

Sexy, sultry smooth jazz and upbeat, uplifting new age music.
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. City'scapes
4:24 $0.99
2. Obsession
2:58 $0.99
3. Ramp It Up
4:39 $0.99
4. Ancient Voices
4:52 $0.99
5. Midnight
3:47 $0.99
6. Where Angel's Dance
3:12 $0.99
7. Stephanie's Eyes
4:27 $0.99
8. Adam's Light
4:05 $0.99
9. Dancing Snowflakes (Live)
4:03 $0.99
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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
I think "The Next Stage" is pianist/composer Louis Colaiannia's most exciting and vibrant release to date. Mixing jazz, pop, new age, rock, and classical elements into a unique and tasty musical stew, Colaiannia has created a collection of nine diverse pieces that range from light and soothing to big and bold. Five of the nine tracks have appeared on previous releases dating back as far as 1996. One track is solo piano, but the others are ensemble works that include drums, bass, guitar, sax, vibes, and/or flute. Overall, if I had to categorize the album as a whole, I'd call it smooth jazz since there are intricate rhythms and elements of improvisation but no rough edges or jarring discordances.

"The Next Stage" opens with "City'Scapes," a piece that first appeared as a single release in 2010. The full jazz combo with piano, guitars, bass, vibes, sax, flute, and percussion set a groove that is cool and breezy yet intense - a very nice start! "Obsession" is slinky and sultry with a smoky sax and sparkling piano backed by a leisurely beat that can mesmerize. "Ramp It Up" kicks up the energy level and runs with it in a mood of light-hearted fun. "Ancient Voices" dates back to 1997 and really showcases Colaiannia's lightning-fast piano technique as well as his classically-trained chops. "Midnight" returns to smooth jazz silkiness at an easy-going pace with a sexy attitude. "Where Angels Dance" is in more of a pop style and has a melody strong enough to carry lyrics - it would make a nice slow dance! "Stephanie's Eyes" is a Colaiannia classic, dating back to '96. A warm and loving piece with a strong beat, I can see why this one has remained a favorite over the years. "Adam's Light" also goes back to '96 and is a playful, high energy piece that makes me think of a very young boy who is into everything and always on the run. "Dancing Snowflakes" is another classic that goes back to the mid-90's. This version is solo piano and was recorded live. Colaiannia's flying fingers were obviously a real crowd pleaser at the performance! It also appeared on Colaiannia's 2011 Keys Of Christmas, but not as a piano solo.

If you are looking for some smooth piano and ensemble jazz, check out "The Next Stage."

Raj Manoharan (www.rajmanreviews.blogspot.com)

The RajMan Review
Composer/keyboardist Louis Colaiannia not only brings his A game here, but he also definitely takes it to the next level with a strong jazz/rock fusion entry that would be perfectly at home on mainstream smooth jazz radio.

While the smart, snappy compositions are based primarily around Colaiannia's piano and synthesizers, the music is also heavy on the horns and the rhythm section. Colaiannia's band includes Eduardo “Bijoux” Barbosa and Melvin “Torch” Morford on bass, Bob Glassman and Burt Shur on drums, Joey Glassman on percussion and vibraphone, Bill Kerr and Danny Masters on guitar, Evelyn Rutenberg on flute, and Rex Spease and Greg Vail on saxophone.

The result is a full band sound that gives the music on the album enough weight to fulfill its lofty aspirations in a satisfyingly rich and well-rounded package.

Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
The music of Louis Colaiannia (coal-ee-AH-nah) is like a tree – with many branches, as well as deep roots. Spreading out from a foundation of classical music with influences of Mozart and Beethoven, Louis’ current sound has grown into the genres of contemporary instrumental, jazz, new age, chill, world music, and more. His latest release entitled “The Next Stage” brings all these elements together into a unique blend that can be both relaxing and energizing at the same time. I wouldn’t call it a jazz album, per se, but it is more of jazz/new age crossover, with traces of classical and world music. And a few of the tracks lean more in the new age direction without any jazz influence.

Right from the start, the music draws you in with a sweetly seductive tune entitled “City ‘Scapes.” With a breezy Latin air, Louis’ piano intro builds in layers and is joined by nylon stringed acoustic guitar, bass, sax, flute, vibes, and percussion, creating a sound that could appeal to fans of Ottmar Liebert, Gipsy Kings, Marc Antoine, etc. A different ray of Louis’ musical spectrum is reflected on track four, “Ancient Voices.” This is a more exploratory piece with many twists and turns in its’ unfolding. This track, although quite up-tempo, is more of a story in sound than some of the pieces that are centered on a groove. The perfect cool down is provided on the next track, entitled “Midnight,” a smooth as silk jazzy tune that makes you want to put your feet up and kick back with a glass of wine. Keeping it mellow, one of the aforementioned new age-style tracks, “Where Angel’s Dance,” manages to create a very full sound with just keyboards and drums, the first song on the album without the full ensemble. As on a number of the tracks, dramatic musical shifts occur that pique the listener’s interest.

Louis is a gifted musician and composer who has assembled a top notch ensemble to perform his tunes with style and grace, building bridges between many musical worlds. I enjoyed this album a lot, and will be looking forward to his next one as well, to be produced by Grammy winning Windham Hill Records founder, Will Ackerman.

To read a full length review of this CD, as well as others, please visit: www.michaeldiamondmusic.com