Bill Ortiz - From Where I Stand Album Review

Bill Ortiz From Where I Stand Album

Review of From Where I Stand Album by Bill Ortiz

For those of you out of the loop, Bill Ortiz is a widely respected trumpet player who has played on some of the biggest records of all time; most notably Santana's 1999 mega-smash-hit single Smooth. On From Where I Stand, Ortiz swaps the Latin rock stylings of Santana for a more laid back funk and soul approach.

It must be said, for someone as highly regarded as Bill Ortiz, the musicianship throughout this album is, as you might expect, nothing short of world class - and not just the trumpet work. Full Circle features some brilliantly intricate piano work, and the funk guitar solos throughout the album are phenomenal. The album consists mostly of five minute plus instrumentals, so the talents of the performers do really get a chance to shine.

This could however be a double edged sword. There is no real respite from the slow grooves of the album and every song has roughly the same tempo and feel. It is sometimes hard to distinguish between one laid back soulful groove track and another. Don't get me wrong, it is all enjoyable in its own way, but you can't help but feel that perhaps it drags on a little too much.

Another problem with From Where I Stand is that it does sound, in places, a little dated. Songs like Ease My Mind and Highest Wish fall somewhere between mid-90s cheesy pop music (I think this is because of the style of production and the sound of the drum loops) and the background music from porn films (perhaps due to choice of singers, synths and over use of wah-pedal on the guitar).

However, these setbacks aren't to say that the album is bad. There are moments of true technical ability across the board from start to finish, and if you are just looking for an extremely mellow funk album to put on in the background of your daily chores (or, for the more 'adventurous' of you, the bedroom) this is a great album.

Ben Walton




Site - http://www.billortiz.com


Editors Recommendations

MS MR Admit They're 'Natural Performers' As They Enjoy 2014's Festival Season

Some bands are worth getting excited about and, with the festival season well under way...

MS MR Admit They're 'Natural Performers' As They Enjoy 2014's Festival Season

Miley Cyrus Forced To Cancel More 'Bangerz' Tour Dates As She Remains Hospitalized

Miley Cyrus is still receiving hospital treatment for "severe allergic reaction...

Miley Cyrus Forced To Cancel More 'Bangerz' Tour Dates As She Remains Hospitalized

Peaches Geldof Will Be Laid To Rest In Same Church As Late Mother

Peaches Geldof, who suddenly died at the beginning of this month (April 7th)...

Peaches Geldof Will Be Laid To Rest In Same Church As Late Mother

Gwen Stefani To Step In For Christina Aguilera On "The Voice"

We never would have pegged Gwen Stefani as the reality talent panelist type...

Gwen Stefani To Step In For Christina Aguilera On

Bryan Singer Announces Alibi, But It Won't Help "X-Men" Marketing

As X-Men director Bryan Singer is gearing up for his defense case, which he will have...

Bryan Singer Announces Alibi, But It Won't Help

Prince To Release New Album With New Warner Bros. Records Partnership

Prince and Warner Bros, Records seem to have put their differences aside...

Prince To Release New Album With New Warner Bros. Records Partnership

Lindsay Lohan's Ex List Was Actually A Step In Her Recovery

Lindsay Lohan really did write down her now infamous list of lovers, which has been...

Lindsay Lohan's Ex List Was Actually A Step In Her Recovery

'Mrs. Doubtfire' Cast Reluctant For Sequel: A Cash Cow For Robin Williams?

The news that a Mrs. Doubtfire sequel is definitely in the works 21 years after the 1993...

'Mrs. Doubtfire' Cast Reluctant For Sequel: A Cash Cow For Robin Williams?

Music Fans Crown Ozzy Osbourne And Lady Gaga "Hardest Artists To Understand"

Music fans have named Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus and Rihanna in their top ten hardest...

Music Fans Crown Ozzy Osbourne And Lady Gaga


More recommendations

Comments

Bill Ortiz Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Bill Ortiz

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All