Archive for February 14th, 2021

Mike Levine – Just Chillin

The title and cover photo of his new album already signal it, Mike Levine’s Just Chillin (2021) is for relaxation. After his albums From The Heart (2006),   Thinking Of You (2011) and Star Gazing (2017) is this project his fourth album.

Pianist Mike invited numerous musician friends to his new project. They are listed in detail in the credits. The opener Let’s Do This documents Levine’s gripping compositional power. His lucky hand in choosing his musical accompaniment is evident in saxophonist Andy Snitzer, who clearly contours the melody in familiar fashion.

Gliding is the state of weightless floating. A fitting title for the dreamlike melody, in which Steve Oliver sets wonderful accents on the acoustic guitar. Mike is chastened by the muse as his hand slides over the keys. Sometimes it is a good decision to pause and reflect on your situation and actions. Reflection captures the moment of contemplation exquisitely.

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