2021 / Point of Light Records
Review by Kathy Parsons
Merriam-Webster defines rapture as "an expression or manifestation of ecstasy or passion" and "a state or experience of being carried away by overwhelming emotion." (There are religious meanings as well, but in the case of Peter Kater's new album, Rapture, those first definitions are perfect.) In an illustrious and award-winning career that has produced more than 70 albums, the music for more than 100 television and film productions, and more, Peter Kater is still creating music that is fresh, expressive and deeply heartfelt. Rapture, possibly his most romantic and breathtakingly beautiful album to date, possesses all of those qualities and more. My one-word review would be "WOW!!!"
Kater has dedicated the album to "Jane," the inspiration for all of the music on the album, and it plays very much like the impassioned soundtrack to one of the greatest love stories ever told - and perhaps it is! Kater has won two Grammy awards and has been nominated fourteen times, and I would predict that Rapture is likely headed in that direction as well. The twelve tracks are diverse and draw on a range of influences from classical to jazz, world and new age. Instrumentation includes Kater on piano, keyboards and synth string arrangements; along with additional musicians on sax, flutes, oboe, bass, percussion, cajon and drums.
Rapture begins with the title track, a gorgeous piece overflowing with lush strings, piano and full orchestration. Both dreamy and invigorating, it certainly creates a rapturous state of mind and lets the listener know that this is going to be a very special album. "Valley of Love" is more mysterious and exotic with piano, flute, oboe, bass and percussion - a favorite. "Promising" is a gentle piece for piano, sax and strings and has the feeling of a romantic slow dance as emotions build and start to soar. "Stole My Heart" is a sweet old-fashioned love song with a jazz influence. Piano and strings give the music an elegant flair. Piano and flute beautifully intertwine in "Come With Me," which also includes percussion and strings, creating a seductive dance. "Sweet Delight" presents a compelling mix of intense emotion and easy-going rhythm that is expressed in a jazzy piano style enhanced with drums and string washes. "Hope of Spring" is the first single to be released from the album and features a beautifully romantic duet for piano and sax with light string washes in the background. "In Your Eyes" is another favorite and is almost solo piano - light strings and percussion add atmosphere, but it's Peter Kater and his piano that express a deep emotional connection. "Morning Bliss" is probably the most ambient piece on the album and is a wonderful expression of the peaceful wonder of waking up next to the one you love and being able to share the bliss.
Rapture is widely available on CD, downloads, and vinyl including Amazon, iTunes/Apple Music and Spotify. Don't miss this one!
April 12, 2021