The first track, Gateway, is an up-tempo smooth jazz tune originally written for a television series that is still on air. This grooving instrumental features Andy Woodson on bass, Jim Curlis on drums, Chris Young on piano, and the wonderful improvisations of Michael Cox on sax and Dean Inboden on guitar. Don Nichols adds vibes and percussion to the ensemble to help give this song its unique flavor.
Kelly Delaveris brings the second track, Hand Me Down Blues, to life in the way that only she can. Her vocal performance, accompanied by the jazz quartet of Andy on bass, Chris on piano, Don on vibes and Jim Rupp on drums, puts you in the "front row at the Blue Note" swingin’ to the rhythm of this new old jazz blues song.
Kay Harris’s vocals on the ballad, Dance in the Rain (music by Jim Curlis, lyrics by Don Nichols) will pull at your heart strings and take you on a journey of love lost and the pain of letting go as life moves on. Dean's acoustic guitar work adds a rich texture to the Chris, Andy and Jim Curlis rhythm section.
Kelly is once again the featured vocalist on Musical Chairs, an adult contemporary song about one person's endless search for love. Kay and Giles add depth with beautiful vocal harmonies and Michael adds a melancholy yet hopeful layer with his wonderfully expressive flute solo and lyrical fills. Dean and Don on guitar and vibes once again join the rhythm section of Chris, Andy, and Jim.
Walkin’ in Central Park, the fifth track on the CD and another instrumental, was also written for television and features Jim Curlis back on drums along with Andy on bass, Chris on piano, Michael on sax, Tom Battenberg on trumpet and Dean on guitar. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the park musicians, vendors, inhabitants and visitors as you wander through on a casual mid-afternoon stroll.
Kay is back singing lead on the Latin / Jazz style of Changes, with Kelly and Giles on vocal harmonies. Giles also adds a unique seasoning to this song with his work on guitar along with Andy on bass, Chris on piano, and Jim Curlis on drums.
(Everybody Calls Him) Slide features Kelly once again and will take you back in time to the big band era. Vaughn Wiester is also featured as the trombone soloist and joins Michael Cox (sax) and Tom Battenberg (trumpet) in the horn section along with the rhythm section of Andy, Chris and Jim Rupp on drums.
The eighth track once again features Kay on the orchestral arrangement of This Moment Right Now. Michael’s inspired flute solo adds efflorescent color to this vast canvas of music anchored once again by Chris on piano, Andy on bass, Don on vibes and Jim Curlis on drums.
The acoustic arrangement of Abracadabra adds yet another ambient layer to the album. Kelly’s magical vocal performance is highlighted by her imaginative scat solo. Dean Inboden is also featured on acoustic guitar with Andy on upright bass and Jim Rupp on drums.
The last vocal song on the album, Teaching Angels How to Fly, features Kelly once again on vocals and Michael sweetens the story on soprano sax accompanied by Chris, Andy, Don, and Jim. This emotional ballad is one more story of an unknown hero.
The album wraps up with Memories of Beijing, a jazz fusion piece written for film that features Michael on sax, Tom on trumpet, Vaughn on trombone, Andy on bass, Chris on piano, Don on vibes, Jim Curlis on drums, and Matt Venus on guitar. The Asian influences in the melody and harmony will take you on a journey to a far away time and place.
"Moments" by Retro-Blue was produced by Don Nichols and Project One Productions; recorded at Lake Hill Sound and Amerisound recording studios; engineered by Jim Curlis, Dan Green and Don Nichols; and mastered by Dan Green at Amerisound. Jim Curlis composed the music for "Dance in the Rain" with lyrics by Don Nichols; music and lyrics for all other titles on the CD are by Don Nichols.