"Although Carl has created numerous other great recordings for us , "Why We Are Here" shares the truly awesome range of his vocal abilities without record label constraints. In this live recording, the listener is not only provided his power filled vocal artistry, but also his inherent ability to fully embrace the audience as part of the show."Why We Are Here" is a must hear album for the young and more mature, in that, the musicianship and lyrical content of the older standards continue to bear the test of time. This is not synthesized, but music reflected from the heart, talents, and human feel of Carl, the individual musicians, and background singers. The entire content of the album crosses all lines of vocal and musical appreciation, from jazz, to popular, and R&B. In addition to the standard cuts, "The Law" provides a lesson we can all grow from; and "Heavy Weather" is most definitely a cut that applies to our state of the world since the horror of September 11th. Trust me, a purchase of this CD will be one you can treasure for many years to come, as it compliments so many of the various settings we find ourselves in through this life. As the title suggests, Carl's musical artistry fulfills the journey of, "Why We Are Here.""
The Best-Kept Secret in Modern Jazz
Rikki Zee | 04/18/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Carl Anderson's "Live at Agape--Why We are Here" is the best-kept secret in modern recorded music. Although a "live" recording, the engineering is some of the best I have ever heard. Carl and his crack band shine through with energy, and the dynamics of the recording, the material and the energy of the crowd combine to make one of the best jazz CDs to be released -- ever!You owe yourself this one!"
Standards Rule, Jazz rolls, wish it was studio
Rikki Zee | 11/06/1998
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Recorded "live" in a warehouse setting, Carl Anderson presents the best cover of a "Who can I turn to" I have ever heard - Tony Bennett included. The rest of the CD has very well performed Jazz riffs, but the actual recording tecnique was not there. All in all, a favorite album, but wish it was studio. That's what happens sometimes "live"."
A Lost Gem!
G. Morris | clovis, ca | 12/07/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The late Carl Anderson was one of the great vocalists of the past 20 years.There was nothing like hearing him live and this album is as close as any of us will ever get again to the thrill of one of his performances. Surrounded by world class musicians, Carl shows his range and versatillity in a knock-out performance. Carl, you will be missed! "