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Safe in Your Arms

by Scott Cossu

Genre: New Age: Adult Alternative
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1. Safe in Your Arms
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2. Angel Steps
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3. Fawn
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4. Little Sunshine Girl
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5. Purple Mountain
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6. Sweet Pea Lullaby
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7. Gwenlaise
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8. Starlit Walk
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9. A Child's Eyes
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10. Akaka Falls
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11. Christo's Theme
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12. Sanctuary
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Serge Kozlovsky

Writings by Serge Kozlovsky / http://sergekozlovsky.com
Wake up and be enlightened in this world
It waits for you so long

This music captures you from the first chords. The piano of Scott Cossu is very tuneful and, at the same time, powerful. All arrangements were recorded with perfectionism and elegance. Compositions of the album “Safe in Your Arms” are penetrated with a great optimism and they lift your spirit.

Incredible freshness is felt in the music of Scott Cossu. Refined guitar of Van Manakas along with gentle Alto flute of Ann Lindquist and masterfully played Bass, Concert flutes and a little harmonica of John Croarkin create a unique ambience of friendliness and openness to this world.

The music of the album “Safe in Your Arms” reminds me of the golden days of legendary Windham Hill Records and this is not by accident. Scott Cossu is a renowned artist, he was in the forefront of the New Age music movement when it began just over thirty years ago. He was one of the first Windham Hill artists to join founder Will Ackerman and Alex de Grassi on their new label and had success from the start.

Now Scott returns with terrific collection of new compositions, along with new versions of cherished tunes that he had recorded during the nineteen years the artist was on the Windham Hill Record label. I would like to note that meditativeness is inherent in the music of Scott Cossu. It takes you to a place where all sounds die away and only silence is present. It brings a big joy into your heart. You will return with healed soul, clear mind and you will be sure that this world can bring you only the better.

Listen to this unique album and fill your soul with love and light. Just feel as this Universe wants to enlighten you…
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Steve Sheppard

One World Music Radio
Scott Cossu is back with another album, Safe in your Arms, the title track is sublime, a classic arrangement that includes the acoustic guitar of Van Manakas.
Angel Steps is a short but incredibly sweet piece, it has a lightness of step that is so very pleasurable to enjoy, again Cossu and Manakas are amazing, but now they add some gentle flute provided by Ann Lindquist.
Fawn is as gentle as the creature itself; here Cossu builds a gentle melody in an almost new born way, Lindquist’s flute continues to build on that narrative and the soothing tones of the acoustic guitar add a soft bed of peace to this blissful track.
Little Sunshine Girl is brilliant; the combination of the instrumentation is perfection on this slightly faster paced offering
Purple Mountain is a beautiful ambient composition. The segments of guitar and piano in this arrangement are a treat to be utterly enjoyed.
Sweet Pea Lullaby is a real gem of a piece, the melody is quite emotive, but never loses itself in its repose, it creates a really gentle flower of a piece, that is so tender that even a tear would bruise the petals of this composition.
A deep resonating bass flute opens Gwenlaise, this is just very slightly deeper, as if to enhance the musical narrative further, but as with the previous track it never loses its harmony, in fact it creates a further blissful melody for us all to ease back and chill to.
Starlit Walk is very easy on the ears, with musical arrangements that are so deftly performed.
A Child’s Eyes is next, if you listen carefully you will hear the very delicate, but utterly masterful performance of a mouth organ by one John Croarkin. Here is a piece that really highlights Cossu’s style and passion on Piano.
Akaka Falls is a real picturesque offering of magical proportions, the music plays a virtual backdrop of sonic perfection, this one is a real mixture of new age and a little light Jazz, just at the right time.
We now come across the penultimate track off the album Safe in your Arms by Scott Cossu, the title is Christo’s Theme. This is a piece that you can’t help but fall in love with, there is a really beautiful flow in Cossu style and performance here and the partnership with the brilliant Manakas on guitar is breath-taking.
We come to the final piece from Scott Cossu, it is called Sanctuary. There is nothing like creating a little musical sanctuary to relax in and within this piece you have that perfect opportunity.
Safe in your Arms is one of those delightful releases that will never grow old, this timeless album of classic Cossu, will remain as a go to album in times when you need to enter your musical sanctuary, or you simply wish to surround yourself in a beautiful moment of musical contemplation, this album is truly special.
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Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
The name of Scott Cossu is one that long-time fans of new age music will be familiar with. This highly regarded pianist/composer was one of the very first artists on Will Ackerman and Alex De Grassi’s legendary Windham Hill Records label, which Scott recorded on for nineteen years. Joining Scott on this new project of re-recording some of his classic songs as well as five new ones is guitarist Van Manakas, who has been collaborating musically with Scott for 3 decades. Also accompanying Scott and Van on this new album are alto flutist Ann Lindquist, and newest member John Croarkin who plays bass and concert flutes as well as harmonica.

As the album opens with the title track, the first thing that struck me was the exquisite interplay between these extraordinary musicians. A melody line played in unison by piano, guitar, and flute is something you don’t hear very often. According to Scott, the track entitled “Gwenlaise” is his most requested piece, both musically, for notation, as well as for airplay, and after hearing it I can see why. Although the original version featured Paul Winter Consort cellist Eugene Friesen, some of his parts, particularly on the opening tracks, are played on flute here. One of my favorite tracks was “Purple Mountain,” which is as gorgeous as the scene of a sunrise of over Mt. St. Helens that inspired it. I liked the yin/yang balance of the piano, guitar, and flute alternating between playing melody lines in unison and then separately, interweaving in and out of each other. As I listened to this album, I was aware of a variety of influences, and a number of times in particular, Scott’s playing brought to mind jazz piano icon Keith Jarrett.

With regard to Scott’s abilities as a composer I was often impressed with his sense of dynamics and the balance of sound and space in his music. In addition, the arrangements of his music were not only outstanding but also quite unique, with many subtle surprises to delight the ear of the listener. There were a number of “wow moments” for me over the course of this album and I was constantly impressed with the imagination and intelligence of Scott’s creative compositions.


To read a full-length feature article on this album, as well as others, please visit: www.MichaelDiamondMusic.com
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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Safe In Your Arms" is the long-awaited new release by pianist/composer Scott Cossu. One of the founders of the new age music genre (giving it a jazz and world music influence) and one of the first artists to join the Windham Hill roster of artists, Cossu has had a long and varied career. It is interesting to note that early on, George Winston opened for Scott in concert and the two toured and performed together for several years. The music on Safe In Your Arms is a combination of new compositions and newly re-recorded pieces from older albums that have gone out of print. Joining Cossu and his piano are long-time collaborator guitarist Van Manakas, flute and harmonica wizard John Croarkin, and alto flutist Ann Lindquist. Cossu says in the liner notes: “These new compositions will hopefully take you to a place of tranquility. My goal was to produce a recording of tender lullabies and ballads, which returns to a signature musical style that I loved yesterday, as well as today.” Inspired in part by his two “adorable granddaughters,” heartwarming photos of Scott and the two little girls at the piano grace the cover and liner notes booklet. I should also mention that I started listening to this album in my wake-up alarm. It usually woke me up when the music started, but then I drifted right back off to sleep, so this is VERY soothing and relaxing music!

"Safe In Your Arms" begins with the title tune, a sweetly lyrical piece that features piano, guitar, and flute. Graceful and overflowing with tenderness, it’s a lovely start. “Angel Steps” continues in a similar vein, a beautiful trio where the lead is the magical voice of three musical artists playing from the heart. “Fawn” originally appeared on Cossu’s 1984 release, Islands. Gently flowing and jazz-tinged, it’s great to have this piece available again! “Little Sunshine Girl” features some beautiful acoustic guitar by Van Manakas in addition to piano and flute - love it! “Purple Mountain,” a Cossu classic that originally appeared on his 1981 Wind Dance, is as fresh and alive as it was almost 35 years ago. “Gwenlaise” is also classic Cossu and is a piece he often performs in concert. Originally recorded in 1986 with cellist Eugene Friesen, this new arrangement is a gorgeous trio for piano, guitar, and flute. “A Child’s Eyes,” from 1989’s Switchback includes some haunting harmonica by John Croarkin, an artist I had the pleasure of hosting in concert with Scott on two occasions - what a magical pair they are! I think my favorite track (although I like them all!) is the closing “Sanctuary” from Switchback. Piano, flute, and guitar tell the story as a beautifully-flowing unit where no one has the lead yet all three musicians shine and each is absolutely essential for this arrangement to work - it’s a great ending to another great album from Scott Cossu!

"Safe In Your Arms" will be a treat for Scott Cossu’s longtime fans as well as anyone new to his music. Very strongly recommended!
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