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Of Autumn & Insight

by JL Hannah's SumVoices

A poor man's Alan Parson's Project. Creative melodic progressive rock, performed by singers and players scattered throughout the U.S.A, which results in an interesting and varied sonic soup of jazz, blues, folk, rock influences...in no particular order.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Autumn Drums overture
7:02 $0.99
2. Passing Time
4:50 $0.99
3. Dischorus
4:03 $0.99
4. Summer Snow
4:55 $0.99
5. On It's Own
5:39 $0.99
6. SumVoices, Some...
4:17 $0.99
7. Generations
6:15 $0.99
8. My Own SunDay
4:01 $0.99
9. Sleep Right
4:42 $0.99
10. Ode To George
4:35 $0.99
11. One Lost Look
4:45 $0.99
12. Ole Friend
5:24 $0.99
13. Letting Go
4:54 $0.99
14. Shadows
6:31 $0.99
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Album Notes
JL Hannah's SumVoices is an ongoing collaborative adventure of JL & Friends. The singers & players are scattered thruout the U.S. One might say that we are a poor man's Alan Parsons Project in the sense that various players from wherever are gently ruddered by JL,yet each personality takes oar in hand. Original Rock with Prog, Folk, Jazz & Blues under-currents...spoken & sung.

SOUNDS LIKE...if you dig...Pink Floyd, Alan Parsons,Natalie Merchant, Bill Hicks, Doors, Strawbs, Tom Waits, Kevin Gilbert, Steve Forbert, Horslips, Moody Blues, Hot Tuna, Fiona, Jethro Tull, Dead...then you will probably find a track or 2 on here that will move you.

Sum Voices: Of Autumn & Insight
(excerpt from www.SeaofTranquility.org , reviewed by Steve Ambrosius 1/06)

"It is so important for a CD to start out correctly and from the first vocals and notes of “Autumn Drums (overture)” you know that Of Autumn and Insight is going to be something special. Sarah Wallace has this haunting voice that cuts through the guitar work, even though it is almost a whisper. Combined with JL Hannah’s talk-sing approach and you have one powerhouse opener. All of the instrumentation is subdued, yet stands out like an ornament on a tree. This is how progressive rock was meant to be made, with many themes and ideas woven together to form a whole which is greater then the sum of its parts. Highly recommended to fans of mellower, experimental progressive rock."



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Laura Lynch

"the poor man's Alan Parson's Project"
Of Autumn reviewed...
JL HANNAH'S SUMVOICES – OF AUTUMN & INSIGHT: JL Hannah is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter. Sumvoices are musicians including guitarist Peter Kaukonen (tracks 7 & 10) from many states who are part of what JL jokes is "the poor man's Alan Parson's Project". Hannah also describes his album as a "venting of the midlife human condition", alluding to the reflective nature of some of his lyrics. Of Autumn & Insight is a diverse, dynamic CD that draws from the folk, jazz and rock genres. All fourteen tracks and the hidden 'Kingdom Tonight' are colorful. Although Hannah is the lead vocalist, the CD features other talented singers including a number of capable females. The CD opens with 'Autumn Drums (overture)', which begins as a bright instrumental with subtle drum tones melding with spirited guitars parts. Towards the end of the song JL and Linda Couturas confess confusion about where life is going. On track two, Paige Sessa sings and captures the rich textures and tones of 'Passing Time'. Gary Georgett's piano work on the song is gorgeous reminiscent of some of Bruce Hornsby's finest work. 'Dischorus' features JL speaking his discontent over searing guitars and animated keys. 'Sleep Right' is a track heavily influenced by The Doors with Hannah piecing together vivid imagery layered over spacey instrumentation. The song has a good structure with various concepts eventually working their way back to the heavy hook line "let's dive a little little deeper in the fire". 'Kingdom Tonight', about the Heaven's Gate cult, is evocative with haunting lead vocals by Rich Lynch, JL inflecting "forever lost" and John Sheehan's chilling guitars. JL Hannah's Sumvoices is a creative collaboration of diverse musical forces and his songs are innovative and insightful!
• Recommended Tracks: (1,2,3,9,15) [USA/NJ 2005 - web] (2006 Review by Laura Turner Lynch for Kweevak.com)

Steve Hollow

Strikingly fun and rememberable music that utterly blew me away.
This newby brings it on slowly but surely, leaving a lasting impression, and a thirst for more. Thanks to the "friends" who lent incredible talent and energy to make each cut a variety of ever changing moods, sounds and internal experiences. The music elements are memerable and lasting, and the mix artistically creats many enjoyable personal experiences not soon forgotten. Thanks.