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Album Review: Can You Hear Me
Patrick Bradley
Cover image of the album Can You Hear Me by Patrick Bradley
Can You Hear Me
Patrick Bradley
2014 / Patrick's Song Factory
48 minutes
Review by Michael Debbage
While it appears that jazz fusion keyboard player Patrick Bradley still has his daytime job as the Southern Pacific Regional President of Whole Foods Market his third musical release Can You Hear Me beckons the question of how long before people really do hear him? With a continued heavy use of the organ as well as light elements of progressive edges, Patrick Bradley’s style separates himself from his jazz fusion peers resulting again in a remarkable recording.

Bradley’s third recording once again features producer Jeff Lorber who also performs along with an impressive list of musicians such as Rick Braun on trumpet, Eric Marienthal on saxophone, Michael Thompson on guitars and Dave Koz also on saxophone. Of these appearances the most notable and obvious is Koz on the gorgeous melodious title track that has hit written all over. Equally impressive for polarized reason is the uncompromising guitar work of Michael Thompson on “North Of Evermore” that goes toe to toe with Bradley’s keyboard work that also includes the organ and moog synthesizer showing his progressive rock roots creating a high octane jazz fusion composition. The optimistic countering of Bradley’s performance with Eric Marienthal on saxophone found on “Shoreline” as well as “Catalan” makes for additional compelling material.

Otherwise the remaining balance of Can You Hear Me results in a remarkable jazz fusion genre recording that though not as unique as the previously mentioned songs is nevertheless notable. It is also Patrick Bradley’s most impressive to date so if you have not heard of this jazz performer yet now is the time to explore what this musician has to say.
October 20, 2014
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