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DOES EVERY MELODIC ROCK MUSIC DIEHARD FAN HAVE THE SAME EXCITEMENT AND ANTICIPATION AS I DO RE THE NEW JEROME MAZZA AS YET UNTITLED CD FT THE EXPLOSIVE SINGLE NEVERLAND IM ON THE EDGE OF MY SEAT- I CANT WAIT.....THANK-YOUMUCH LOVET.F.XXXX
"Black butterfly" is a compulsory record for every hard rock class lover, it would be almost useless to dwell too much on a work that sees protagonists Steve Walsh (former Kansas), authentic legend, and Tommy Denander, one of the best songwriters and guitarists of the last years.In short, the union of two artists can only lead to something positive and, in fact, this "Black Butterfly" is really a good record, played tremendously well and composed with the class that distinguishes the two musicians. Can we talk about masterpiece then? No because, despite everything, this disc is missing a little something. There are some great songs like "The piper", which presents a great chorus, but also a remarkable instrumental session with a beautiful solo guitar by Tommy. We could talk about the stratospheric ballatona that answers the name of "Now until forever", one of the best lenses of the year (voice of Mazza). And there are other really good pieces, like the masterful melodic hard rock of "Hell or high water" and "Grace and nature", or the notable "Mercy on me", which sees the voice of Jerome Mazza, gifted singer who is given the microphone for three songs. At the same time, some less crackling moments are present here and there and this is why the album does not take flight towards absolute excellence.In any case, this is a record to have; if you love music written with class, "Black Butterfly" is one of those works not to be missed!
If very recently we said that a record and an artist in particular could only be assessed in their true magnitude live, now we are going to say almost the opposite. Black Butterfly , by Steve Walsh (Kansas, Streets, Solo) is an album to listen in intimacy and put it again and again to enjoy its nuances, its quality and its variety.
Steve is accompanied, in this his fourth solo work, the guitar, keyboards and composition, nothing more and nothing less, than the great Tommy Denander (Talisman, Fergie Frederiksen, House of Lords and an endless list), the angelic Jerome Mazza (Pinnacle Point, Angelica) to the voices, the no less brilliant Steve Overland (FM) to the choirs; Brian Anthony on bass and in charge of arrangements and Peter Yttergren (Bobby Kimball, Legends of Rock), on drums and percussion. Production is by Tommy Denander and Khalil Turk. Without forgetting the fantastic artwork by Eric Philippe. Many data, necessary in this case to explain the quality of the final product. By the way, the own Steve admits to have been without much desire to record until Khalil arrived, with an unfinished subject of Denander (to which Walsh did not know),
With all these premises it is clear that, once again, we are not talking about a suitable work for lovers of fast food music. This is rather food for thought , something that deserves to be seriously considered; thing that there are people who lately do not want, but it is thus. Does that mean that it is a boring album aimed exclusively at rock intellectuals? Absolutely. It is a varied work that comes to you first with Born in Fire, a great direct cut in which Steve tries to interpret, with his lyrics based on dreams, the powerful composition of Denander. You can make deep lyrics without boring anyone, of course, and this cut is a joy. The Piper with the very personal voice and keyboards of Walsh as a base, changes the record without detracting and showing the powers of the team beyond the chorus. Grace and Nature is a deep theme, in which keyboard and choirs inspire reflection, while the quality in abundance shows again in the variation that gives way to the solo. Dear Kolinda has a personal touch. We do not know if it is addressed to the Croatian president or another person, but the music embraces the message with mastery and seriousness.
Hell or High Water , with its electronic sounds of beginning and Steve Walsh to the voice, is one of the most representative and different subjects of the album, by the way in which the stanza, well accompanied by the guitar and the voice in off, that reminds me of a subject that I will not mention, because I did not like it and this one does flow into the chorus. Tanglewood Tree does not go around the bush, although it does explore other musical forests, deep like the previous ones and in which sadness and joy are well accompanied by voices and instruments. Not Until Forever r presents an excellent Mazza that marks a composition that recalls some of the best of his recent work with Pinnacle Point. A voice like that shines even unintentionally. Composition and instruments know it and they stay there, behind, helping without disturbing. It is, without doubt, one of the topics that will most impact whoever is made with this great album. We go to Poland with Warsaw , its keyboards with effects and its omnipresent chorus. There Denander's guitar waits for us to undo the cold. Nothing but Nothinghas an oriental touch of those who like and are appearing lately in many bands. Approach the millions of potential listeners? Inspiration? Or, simply, leave a record of the present, for an uncertain future. It is different within a very varied disc. The uncertain future is also clear in Winds of War. And it is that, like it or not, is what there is and, after a certain age, we can not continue talking only about the usual. It is another of the great themes of Black Butterfly , for voices, composition and interpretation.
Billy Carbone Is Dead returns to the strength of the beginning of the album to say goodbye with a somewhat more guitarist and with the rhythmic base more present, but with the sounds and eclecticism that characterize Black Butterfly. One of the best in my opinion . Before Mercy on Me returns to the crystal clear voice of Jerome Mazza and the Overland choirs. Let us have mercy on him and his sins ask! I am not very confessional and I am not a priest, but from here I assure you that and much more. Maybe a little piece of heaven, for this great theme and this great work, that will also take us all a little while to paradise. The fact of staying there or not is your thing, because, as you know, many rockers prefer hell.
Toño Martínez Mendizábal
Jerome Mazza is a stellar singer, it's obvious he has taken his natural gifts and honed and crafted them...passion and emotion ebb from them. Few singers today could rank in the midst of the "Classics" of the golden era of rock (1970s - 1980s), but Jerome Mazza could, and does!
A lot of folks thought Steve Walsh was through with the music business. Thankfully he was convinced to record another album by Khalil Turk, president of Escape Music. Good work Khalil! The collection begins with an absolutely scorching track called Born In Fire with dueling lead vocals from Steve Walsh and Pinnacle Point vocalist Jerome Mazza.
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TO GET THIS ALBUM ON THE 2ND NOV IS A DELIGHT IN ITSELF, BUT THEN AS A 57 YEAR OLD GRANDAD WHO HAS BRAIN DAMAGE AND IS NOT REALLY INTERESTED IN FRILLS (AND THIS ALBUM HAS NONE) - IT IS PURE GENIUS. MELODIC BEYOND WORDS AND HITS YOU STRAIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES. I CAN REMEMBER FIRST HEARING ALBUMS SUCH AS LEFTOVERTURE AND POWER BY KANSAS, RAISED ON RADIO BY JOURNEY, FLEXIBLE BY STEVE VAI. TEMPLE OF THE DOG SELF TITLED FAHRENHEIT BY TOTO AND STRANGER IN THIS TOWN BY RICHIE SAMBORA AND I KNEW THESE WERE SPECIAL ALBUMS BUT THIS NEW STEVE WALSH ALBUM OUTSHINES ALL OF THEM. THEN, MORE BY LUCK THAN JUDGEMENT, I HEARD ABOUT PINNACLE POINT WINDS OF CHANGE AND THE AMAAAAAZING VOCALIST JEROME MAZZA AND EVERYTHING CHANGED FOR THE BETTER. .BLACK BUTTERFLY BY STEVE WALSH FEATURING JEROME ON FOUR SONGS IS WITHOUT QUESTION A SUPREME WORK OF ART. A TIMELESS TAPESTRY OF UNCHARTED SEAS. A GAME-CHANGER AND A TOTAL DELIGHT FOR THE MUSIC LISTENER. I THOUGHT I KNEW EVERYTHING ABOUT MELODIC ROCK, MUSIC, IN FACT. GUESS WHAT? I KNEW NOTHING. WITH THE MORE THAN ABLE ASSISTANCE OF THE GENIUS THAT IS STEVE OVERLAND, BRIAN ANTHONY, AND TOMMY DENANDER, PETER YTTERGREN, THE VISION OF KHALIL TURK, THE SPRINKLING OF THE LEGENDARY STEVE WALSH AND THE SUBLIME VOCALS OF JEROME MAZZA, THIS IS WITHOUT A DOUBT THE BEST ALBUM I HAVE EVER EVER EVER HEARD. EVERY SINGLE SONG ON THS ALBUM STANDS UP ON ITS OWN AS A POTENTIAL FOR MELODIC ROCK SONG OF THE YEAR. AND I DO FEEL THAT THE BACKBONE OF THIS REGENERATION OF INTEREST HAILS FROM THE DELIVERY OF PINNACLE POINT AND THE DISCOVERY OF JEROME MAZZA. GET THIS ALBUM. OPEN THE WINDOW. LET THE BLACK BUTTERFLY FLY IN AND PLAY IT LOUD! GENIUS.MUCH LOVE AND THANKSTONY FARLEYSOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND.XXXX
WOW WOW WOW! BLACK BUTTERFLY - STEVE WALSH AND JEROME MAZZA - ASTONISHING, TIMELESS, EVOCATIVE, UNIQUE. THIS IS WITHOUT DOUBT, WITH MY HAND ON MY HEART, THE GREATEST ALBUM I HAVE EVER HEARD AND AS MUCH AS I AM A MASSIVE STEVE WALSH FAN, THESE VOCALS FROM JEROME MAZZA ON TRACKS SUCH AS THE SOARING, SPELLBINDING AND EVOCATIVE "MERCY ON ME" BREATH NEW LIFE INTO THE MUSIC LISTENER. THIS ALBUM IS SO POWERFUL I ALMOST FEEL LIKE IVE BEEN REBORN. THIS WILL WIN AWARDS OR I'LL EAT MY HAT! OUTSTANDING, ALMOST BEYOND WORDS, QUITE EXTRAORDINARY ON EVERY LEVEL, AND TO HAVE THE CAPACITY TO LIFT THE HUMAN SPIRIT TO SUCH A LEVEL IS A GIFT ONLY BESTOWED ON A FEW. SUFFICE TO SAY I HAVE MY COPY AND I CAN'T STOP PLAYING IT AMAAAAAAAAAAZING.TONY FARLEYSOUTHAMPTON ENGLAND
TO ALL PINNACLE POINT, KANSAS AND STEVE WALSH FANS: YOU MUST GET THIS ALBUM..... BLACK BUTTERFLY, WHAT A MASTERPIECE, MAGNUM OPUS, CHEF-DOEUVRE, CALL IT WHAT YOU LIKE BUT WHAT WE HAVE HERE IS THE MOST OUTSTANDING PIECE OF WORK EVER PRODUCED BY ANYONE. STEVE WALSH WITH JEROME MAZZA, ASSISTED BY VERY CAPABLE OTHERS, HAVE ASCENDED TO THE HEIGHTS OF MELODIC ROCK MUSIC PERFECTION. I CAN'T SINGLE OUT ONE PARTICULAR TRACK BECAUSE EVERY SONG ON THIS NEW ALBUM IS PROFOUND BEYOND REASON. "WINDS OF WAR", "NOW UNTIL FOREVER", "MERCY ON ME", "BORN IN FIRE" AND "NOTHING BUT NOTHING" BIND THIS NEW MUSIC TOGETHER IN A FASHION NEVER HEARD BEFORE IN A WAY THAT IS UNIQUE AND BREATHTAKING. I HAVE NEVER IN MY LIFE HEARD A COLLECTION OF SONGS SO INSPIRING, MELODIC AND DEEP- SHIVERS DOWN THE BACK OF MY NECK AND GOOSEBUMPS... REALLY MEANS THAT ALL THE BOXES HAVE BEEN TICKED HERE AND I, AS BOTH A STEVE WALSH, JEROME MAZZA AND PINNACLE POINT FAN, AM SO VERY HAPPY AND ASTONISHED AT THE GRAVITY OF THIS NEW OFFERING- WOW WOW WOW.T.F.SOUTHAMPTONENGLAND.
Jerome is the next big thing when it comes to vocals. Few vocalists sing with this kind of clarity and strength. He can sing the lush power ballad or the down and dirty rocker. He is versatile enough to be what he needs to be for any song.
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