CD Release Concert Review

CD RELEASE REVIEW:

On Nov. 9 2002, Howard Gladstone debuted his new CD “Sunflowers Light The Room” for 100 guests. In a cozy room at Clinton’s on Bloor St., Mr. Gladstone introduced us to the provocatively sensitive songs of this album.

The sound in the room was superb. (Intimate shows like this remind me of why I hate the large venues and prefer this type of musical experience.). Mr. Gladstone is clearly influenced by The Band and Bob Dylan. However, he has added his own unique sensibilities to a group of very strong songs. His voice fits the songs to a tee. You know that he means it and cares about the songs and their message when you hear him perform.

Tony Quarrington on guitar (great arrangements and production on the album/cd), Bruce Longman on bass, and Mike McLelland on drums provided excellent support for the evening. They were tight and Quarrington in particular was innovative and interesting.

Mr. Gladstone has clearly fulfilled a lifelong ambition with this major undertaking. The two sets entertained as the band dealt out these aural treats. Many of the songs are seemingly deeply personal and you learn a lot about Howard Gladstone as you listen. He wears his heart on his sleeve and is generous enough to let us share.

The entire project can be reviewed at his website and in particular the artwork on the cd is worthy of a careful look. The arrangements of the songs, the musicianship, the package and in particular, the love and caring of Mr. Gladstone for his oeuvre makes this debut cd /album worthy of high commendation to the Dylanophile/Bandfan.

– Jerry Tenenbaum jerry.tenenbaum@utoronto.ca (originally posted to “The Band” website.)



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