David Bach – “Fierce Heart” Integrity Music
I first reviewed “Otherworld” by David Bach on November 22, 2013 so this makes my second look at the talents he has at hand. Bach has been a prominent figure in the Baltimore, MD jazz scene for some time now. He has performed with well known smooth jazz artists such as Spyro Gyra and Nick Colionne and his awards in the greater Maryland and Washington, DC jazz scene are numerous. “Fierce Heart” is not all that unlike “Otherworld,” which I also really enjoyed. While mostly contemporary, smooth jazz, there are also hints of traditional jazz as well. Bach is a skilled composer and arranger and his piano playing is equally excellent. On this release, Bach contributes all synth, organ and keyboard duties. He is joined by the more well known jazz instruments including sax, guitar, percussion, bass and drums. I thought this was a standout release, his sixth, and it seems he just gets better and better. Anyone who, like me, enjoys smooth jazz as their primary genre should take a journey into “Fierce Heart.” It is well worth the ride.