Fresh Aire III

Fresh Aire III

by Mannheim Steamroller


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Like its namesakes, Fresh Aire III is a series of song-specific themes (the life cycle, the forest) couched within a larger seasonal theme (this time, summer). Listeners will find the same mix of medieval music, progressive keyboard rock, and soft instrumentals that made up the first two Fresh Aire albums in varying amounts. The new wrinkle is music that better leverages the part-time string sections as composer Chip Davis casts his arrangements in a contemporary classical setting. On a piece like "Mere Image," originally written for the Omaha Ballet and chronicling the passage of life from young to old, the music blossoms in the hands of an orchestra. However, sentimentality gets the better of Davis on "Morning," resulting in sub-Sergei Rachmaninoff mawkishness. Balancing out the orchestral pieces are the medieval/prog rock keyboard showcases for Jackson Berkey ("Toccata," "The Cricket," "Midnight on a Full Moon"), again bearing a strong resemblance to the work of Rick Wakeman, and the thoughtful instrumentals painted in watercolor tones ("Amber," "Interlude 6," "The Sky"). At this stage, the notes explaining the program behind the music are less illuminating than didactic; after all, this isn't rocket science. It is, however, a well-balanced alliance of Davis' own musical development and the spirit of nature and history that runs through all of the Fresh Aire releases. Incorporating the sounds of nature into "The Woods Is Alive," writing music set to motion for "Mere Image," these represent incremental steps for Chip Davis as a composer. Mannheim Steamroller wasn't about to abandon their Fresh Aire aesthetics, yet they manage to move forward within those musical parameters with each album.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/12/2000
Label: American Gramaphone
UPC: 0012805500326
catalogNumber: 5003

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mannheim Steamroller   Primary Artist
Jackson Berkey   Synthesizer,Piano,Clavichord,Harpsichord,fender rhodes,Tack Piano,Toy Piano
Ron Cooley   Guitar
Chip Davis   Drums,Recorder
Bob Jenkins   Oboe
Hugh Brown   Concert Master
Deborah Fuller   Violin
Eric Hansen   Bass
David Low   Cello
Don Sears   Synthesizer
Mortimer Alpert   Violin
Dorothy Brown   Violin
Miriam Duffelmeyer   Cello
Ginni Eldred   Violin
Lucinda Gladics   Viola
James Hammond   Viola
David Kappy   French Horn
Joe Landes   Violin
Beth McCollum   Cello
Merton Shatzkin   Violin
Steve Shipps   Concert Master
Alex Sokol   Viola
Ray Still   Oboe
Ruth Bransby   Violin
Ann Cannell   Violin
Leslie Carter   Bass,Double Bass
Lurene Ekwurtzel   Cello
David Hagy   Violin
Lou Lynch   Cello
Pat Morrow   Viola
Ervin Orban   Violin
Sue Robinson   Viola
Joe Rosenstein   Violin
Bill Schroen   Viola
Mike Shultz   Bass,Double Bass
Claire Sokol   Cello
Mary Sokol   Violin
Kathie Spratt   Violin
Phillip Wachowski   Viola
Susan Winslow   Violin
Phillip Washowski   Viola

Technical Credits

Jackson Berkey   Producer
Chip Davis   Producer
Don Sears   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Ron Ubel   Engineer
Jim Wheeler   Engineer
Carol Davis   Art Direction

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Fresh Aire III 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this when it came out and am so glad that there is a reproduction in CD form now! My kids love it too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago