Better known for his stage and screen roles, particularly the title role in The Chant Of Jimmie Blacksmith, Tom E Lewis has also achieved great success in the music field in the fairly unique arena of jazz didjeridu.
For Beneath The Sun, he beckons us to come over and listen to some of his stories - songs of friends, family, fortune and misfortune, all of which are absolutely riveting.
His wonderfully expressive voice provides the focus as he spins his eloquent lyrics but it’s the imaginative musical highlights and shadings provided by arranger Erkki Veltheim that really elevates this album.
From the strangely alluring lines that circle around I Can’t Make It On My Own to the Van Morrisonesque brass exclamations that decorate Angels and the cinematic strings that draw a highlighter mark around the melody lines of Come Take My Tides, the sonic textures throughout are continually thrilling. The brass interplay that slowly builds to Cherie L’Amour’s crescendo is sheer subtle brilliance.
A lot of albums grow on you after repeated listens, but this one attaches itself more and more as it travels its own path, giving you that feeling of knowing someone more intimately as their stories unravel.
An inspired creation, packed with spirit, prowess, and evocative musicality, Beneath The Sun is the type of album that could just slip by without being noticed but deserves to be heard and enjoyed because it’s an absolute treasure.
What a wonderful new release for the New Year.
Musician, actor, singer, music reviewer, Phil’s interests cover a lot of bases and this is reflected in the music he writes about. From blues to soul, ambient to electronic, Phil writes about artists he feels are interesting, true to their craft and worthy of your ears.