Cool Down is the slick new jazz album from Gabriel (Mark Hasselbach).
This guy is good, very good. There is a reason he was chosen to perform at the 2009 Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards where he was nominated for Album of the Year and Wind Instrumentalist of the Year.
What makes Gabriel notable is his versatility. He plays trumpet, flugelhorn, flute, alto flute and piccolo on Cool Down. That's a pretty diverse array of wind instruments, and it gives the CD some nice variety in terms of sound.
Gabriel also brings in some nice support along the way. For example Rock Hendricks is featured on tenor sax on the CD's title cut.
On East Coast Warren Hill comes aboard to be featured with his alto sax and Victor Bailey is featured on bass and vox on the cut Check It Out.
With 12 cuts, every one of them in excess of four-minutes in length, Gabriel gives us lots to enjoy here too. That is a bonus when the music is as good as this is.
Overall, this is what I would term happy jazz. It's feel good, upbeat, yet relaxing music. The kind that calms and refreshes the listener. If you like jazz, you will love this CD.
Check this one out at www.gabrieljazz.com
-- CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper June 24, 2009 - Yorkton, SK. Canada