Offline Review by Steven Azami for "Blossom"
This is the review published in November 2023 by Steven Azami on my original composition "Blossom"
Jazz composer Pablo Embom invites listeners to join him on a boundless and fantastical musical journey, with his release of "Blossom." The themes range from the magical to the majestic on this piece, and are delivered primarily by stirring woodwinds and sweeping strings with nimble piano and assorted percussion in accompaniment. Sections flow together seamlessly, united by expressive and exotic melodies within striking motifs that play out in a number of incredibly interesting variations and forms. Taking influences from both late 19th century classical music, as well as mid 20th century avant-garde jazz, Pablo Embom's "Blossom" is certain to delight and fascinate nearly any fan of contemporary instrumental music.
Incredible production, impressive mix. Simply an amazing composition and arrangement. Great instrumentation and orchestration. Very visual style, would translate well to film. Wonderful dynamic contrast with smooth transitions between the different sections. Very interesting scales and modes used throughout, should help to engage audiences and encourage active listening. The section around 3:00 is a great change of pace, both tonally and texturally. I also really loved the piano section around 4:45 that takes an almost post-tonal approach. Overall I was absolutely blown away by this piece, what a ride! It feels like just the perfect length, and provides an absolutely breathtaking listening experience. Brilliant work on this, in all facets.
Target Audience Appeal
Fans of Jazz, Contemporary Instrumental, Contemporary Classical, Progressive Jazz, Avant-Garde Jazz, Cinematic
Artist target suggestions
Jon Batiste, Stan Kenton, The Lounge Lizards, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, John Zorn, George Gerschwin, Henry Mancini, Lalo Schifrin, Howard Shore
About The Reviewer
Steven Azami is a multi-instrumentalist with over 25 years of experience in the music industry. Both as a touring/session player and as a producer, his career has spanned nearly every genre from bluegrass to jazz, from rock to reggae. In addition, his work as a music educator has allowed him to cultivate and foster talent among the next generation of musical explorers.
Vocals: Not Applicable
Lyrics: Not Applicable
Instrumental Performance/Execution: Strength
Recording Quality/Overall Mix: Strength