Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Mark Whitfield is a gifted guitarist with a quick-fingered but elegant knack for phrasing. Unfortunately, this gift has been sabotaged by a weakness for sentimentality that dominates Forever Love. Nine of the 10 selections... more »
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Mark Whitfield is a gifted guitarist with a quick-fingered but elegant knack for phrasing. Unfortunately, this gift has been sabotaged by a weakness for sentimentality that dominates Forever Love. Nine of the 10 selections were inspired by a famous jazz vocal by the likes of Dinah Washington, Tony Bennett, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra. Only two have actual vocals (by guest Diana Krall), but Whitfield always supplies the lead voice, whether playing electric guitar with a combo or orchestra or playing acoustic guitar alone. Unlike his famous models, though, Whitfield never undercuts the mushy melodrama with a sobering dose of realism, and becomes as cloying as Earl Klugh or George Benson. --Geoffrey Himes
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For all those romantic nights and days...
Jeff Clark (firstname.lastname@example.org) | Ellicott City, Maryland | 06/07/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Forever Love is incredible. White light filtered down through the cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C. Situated on a blanket between two holly trees, a young couple sat enjoying the cool spring breeze of early April, a picnic lunch with champagne, and the music of Forever Love from a CD player. I held her in my arms and kissed her closed eyes, cheeks, and nose with the soft petals of a rose. Mark Whitfield's guitar was like a film soundtrack, one that fits so perfectly you almost don't notice the subtle effect it's having on you. This is a must for fans of Diana Krall who supplies vocals on two of the tracks and hints at her transition from "Love Scenes" to "When I Look in Your Eyes." Mark Whitfield was the background for many romantic nights and days with the greatest love of my life. I know this album would mean as much to you, too."
Competent but corny
Nikica Gilic | Zagreb, Croatia | 01/22/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Dull and uninspired, this is precisely the type of music true jazz fans will want to stay away from, although more general audience might fall for it.
If you like Diana Krall, she is a guest on this CD (surprise, surprise!), singing on two songs."