Carlo De Lorenzi - Four Seasons in One Recess is reviewed by The Borderland
by: John M. Peters
It is a rarity to find an album that clicks with my ears from the opening notes of the first track, but that is what happened with Four Seasons In One Recess by keyboardist Carlo De Lorenzi.
Track One, Key Lime Pie, begins with one of those funky Stevie Wonder clavinet riffs and I knew that I was hooked. Four Seasons... is a pop jazz themed album with a strong twist of funk and a dash of reggae running through it.
If you remember The Crusaders and Bob James and the theme to Taxi then that is a place to start with this album. Mr De Lorenzi composed all ten tracks and plays a variety of keyboards and other instruments, with a varying number of other musicians and vocalists supporting him throughout. Most of all, this is an upbeat, happy album, great for parties and for driving, with enough street edginess running throughout to make it contemporary. The track titles are: Key Lime Pie, Ode To Raven, Change Of Pace, Edge Of The Rainstorm, The Calling, Baked Potato, Blue Sky Down, Back Flip, Rocky Harbour, and Door To The Heart.
Basically, this is a happy vibes album, ideal for raising the spirits of the listener while showcasing some damn fine writing and performing skills by Carlo De Lorenzi and his musicians. This is an album I can, and will, whole heartedly recommend to everyone. It's a bit pop, a bit jazz, even a bit rock, a bit latin, a bit funky - all mixed into one hell of a gumbo stew. Four Seasons... is one of the most commercial sounding albums I've had the pleasure to hear in a while, and I use the term commercial in the truest sense of the term - once heard almost everyone who loves music will want to buy it. So just buy it.