"Dream Waters" CD - Leo Gosselin

Dream Waters, the first of two 2001 releases by Canadian Leo Gosselin, is pure solo Stick recording from start to finish. Gosselin is another of the "seasoned veterans" of the Stick and right from the start, the brilliant tones of his 12-string Stick and ACTV-2 pickup are evident in both his full bass side work and his beautiful melodies. 

And Leo's love for the beautiful melody is apparent in his playing style and his selection of pieces. Dream Waters opens with a soulful rendition of Chick Corea's "Crystal Silence". On this piece, Gosselin blends the sweet melody and chordal work together such that the two sides of the Stick become one. Also scattered throughout this work are Stick arrangements of traditional Celtic folks songs as well as a single Leo Gosselin composition titled "Spanish Circles" which carries on the lyrical qualities of his other selections. 

Perhaps one of the most ambitious undertakings of this CD are Gosselin's renditions of Eric Satie's "Gymnopedies 1-3". Satie, considered one of founders of the impressionist movement, wrote the three gymnopedies in 1888. Thier melodies are simple and very similar to one another often described as walking around the same piece of sculpture seeing it from different angles. Gosselin delivers these works flawlessly on Stick staying very true to the original pieces. 

All in all, Dream Waters provides another essential work for the Leo Gosselin fan and Stick community at large.

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