BRUCE HORNSBY Spirit Trial (1998) (RCA RECORDS) (20 TRACKS) 320 Kbps MP3 ALBUM

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BRUCE HORNSBY Spirit Trial (1998) (RCA RECORDS) (20 TRACKS) 320 Kbps MP3 ALBUM

Spirit Trial (1998) (RCA RECORDS) (20 TRACKS)
Bruce Hornsby

Album Description:

SPIRIT TRIAL is a 1998, 20 song studio album by American singer, pianist, accordion player and songwriter, Bruce Hornsby. This is Bruce Hornsby's sixth album and his third solo-credited album. This would be the last album before his current band, Bruce Hornsby & The Noise Makers, formed.

During the span of HARBOR LIGHTS, HOT HOUSE and SPIRIT TRIAL solo album years, Hornsby made several mini-tours, playing solo piano gigs for the first time in his career. These shows allowed Hornsby limitless possibilities for seguing songs into other songs, often blurring lines between classical compositions, jazz standards, traditional bluegrass, folk, and fiddle tunes, Grateful Dead songs, and, of course, reworkings of Hornsby originals. Hornsby reflected on these periods of intensive solo performances stating that these solo tours helped him "recommit to the study of piano" and "take [his] playing to a whole new level", explorations and improvisations that would not be possible in a band setting.

Therefore, three years after HOT HOUSE, the SPIRIT TRIAL collection follows and blends instrumental tracks with the story-telling, rock, jazz, and other musical forms Hornsby had delved into over his career. Here, Hornsby's piano playing steadily gained further complexity, taking on a more varied array of musical styles and incorporating more and more difficult techniques, as evidenced by his two-hand-independence on "King of the Hill." Over the course of 20 tracks, Hornsby weaves a tapestry of varied textures, from the fervent spirituality then almost gospel dirge of "Preacher in the Ring, parts I & II," to the catchy chord progressions of "Sad Moon." Among other homages, the song "Sunflower Cat (Some Dour Cat) (Down With That)" samples and loops the main lick from the Grateful Dead song "China Cat Sunflower." In some of the songwriter's most poignant lyrics to date, SPIRIT TRIAL considers "very Southern" themes with "songs about race, religion, judgment and tolerance" and "struggles with these issues." Exemplary in this regard is the tune "Sneaking Up on Boo Radley," which references the character from Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD.

His time spent as a keyboardist with the Grateful Dead obviously put a bit of boogie into Bruce Hornsby's soul, as SPIRIT TRAIL makes it clear that Hornsby's graduated from Donald Fagen impressions to a more eclectic, rootsy approach that incorporates R&B, folk-rock and blues. Whatever stylistic mode Hornsby takes to spin his tales, he invests it with an undeniable funkiness that's apparent in both the subtle bop of the rhythm section and the syncopated meter of his always-intelligent lyrics. Naturally, the main instrumental ingredient of the album is Hornsby's piano work, ever energetic and inspired as it colors the earthy grooves of the tunes. Hornsby obviously had a lot on his mind this time around, as SPIRIT TRAIL project ranges from ballads and full-out rockers to the album cover featuring a decidedly goofy picture of his uncle.

"Song C" was nominated for the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance.

Personnel: Bruce Hornsby (vocals, dulcimer, piano, Wurlitzer piano, organ, synthesizer, Mini-Moog synthesizer); John Leventhal (guitar, bouzouki); Matt Scannell (guitar, mandolin); Michael Mangini, Wayne Pooley, Adam Larrabee, David Bendeth (guitar); Ashley MacIsaac, David Mansfield (violin); Bobby Read (flute, clarinet, saxophone, baritone saxophone); John D'Earth (trumpet); Tim Streagle (trombone); J.T. Thomas (organ); J.V. Collier, John Pierce, Skoti Alain Elliott (bass); John Molo, Matt Chamberlain, Shawn Pelton (drums, percussion); Ernesto Laboy (congas); Bobby Hornsby (shaker); Deborah Harry, Joe Lee, Kyle Davis, Colette Coward (background vocals).

Recorded at Kingsway Studio, New Orleans, LA; Williamsburg, VA & 12th Street Studio, New York, NY, U.S.A.

Track Listing:

1. King Of The Hill - 6:17
2. Resting Place - 4:44
3. Preacher In The Ring, Pt. 1 - 5:02
4. Preacher In The Ring, Pt. 2 - 4:46
5. Song C - 2:46
6. Sad Moon - 6:33
7. Pete And Manny - 3:14
8. Fortunate Son - 4:14
9. Sneaking Up On Boo Radley - 5:15
10. Great Divide - 5:01
11. Line In The Dust - 4:42
12. See The Same Way - 5:36
13. Shadow Hand - 4:16
14. Sunlight Moon - 4:20
15. Listen To The Silence - 4:34
16. Funhouse - 4:22
17. Sunflower Cat (Some Dour Cat) (Down With That) - 3:55
18. Song D - 2:03
19. Swan Song - 4:56
20. Variations On Swan Song And Song D - 3:53

Technical Credits:

Bruce Hornsby -------------- Producer, Art Direction, Wavestation
Dennis Herring -------------- Producer
Mark Needham -------------- Engineer
Wayne Pooley -------------- Engineer
Serban Ghenea -------------- Programming
Tom Coyne -------------- Mastering
Kim Biggs -------------- Art Direction
Sharon Kearney -------------- Engineer
Skoti Alain Elliott -------------- Engineer
Michael Mangini -------------- Producer
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