Cashbox Canada (Jan. 14, 2018) by Lenny Stoute
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FYI Music News Digest (Jan. 5, 2018) by Kerry Doole

– In these bleak days of weather bombs and bone-chilling temps, a sunny musical interlude is welcome. On Jan. 16, Ottawa composer and guitarist Terry Gomes releases a new instrumental album entitled The Tropical Dream. He explains "it was written during winter convalescence," and it delivers a warm fusion of Caribbean, World, and smooth jazz flavours.

The Daily Vault (Jan. 5, 2018) by Jason Warburg

As has been well-documented by my colleague Benjamin Ray, the prolific Terry Gomes started releasing albums over a decade ago in folk-rock singer-songwriter mode, a sort of Torontonian Paul Simon, before taking a turn toward instrumental music with 2013’s winkingly named Shh. Gomes followed that transitional album with a pair of “beachy” EPs (Sand In My Shoes and Blue.Green.Aquamarine.) devoted to exploring a kind of “island jazz” vibe for his instrumental work.

Gomes came by his affinity for the Caribbean-influenced sounds of the latter two EPs naturally, growing up in a Guyanese family fond of calypso and other South American and Caribbean styles. Having laid all of the above the groundwork, Terry Gomes returns in the dead of winter with The Tropical Dream, a natural progression from all that preceded it, a full-album song cycle that seamlessly melds Latin and jazz influences with a balmy seashore vibe that is, in a word, delightful.

“Happy Landings” opens things up with wonderful interplay between guitar, bass and steel drums, a real conversation happening between the players that’s simultaneously easygoing and agile, laid-back and joyful. The playfulness of that conversation had me grinning by the halfway mark of this concise 2:55 tune. (Another attribute all of these songs share: the longest tune here is 3:50 and none overstay their welcome, moving quickly and smoothly from track to track, theme to theme.)





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