November 1997

Dale Fielder Nonet
Ocean of Love and Mercy-A Passion Suite

Recorded live at the First Lutheran Church of Glendale, California, the programmatic offering succeeds mightily in conjuring the mystical wonderment of jazz without delving too deeply in esoteric noodling. Its success is mainly due to saxophonist Fielder's sublime penchant for danceable Latin-tinged rhythms, silky harmonies, and dulcet melodies. And with his equally impressive nonet, Fielder's musical vision is realized with great imagination, effortless swing, and remarkable soloing.

Originally published in November 1997
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