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Seasons Change

Fertile Ground Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (15 July 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Counterpoint
  • ASIN: B000066RIX
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 312,041 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent change of direction 17 Sep 2002
By acid_win VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
It appears as though Fertile Ground are not so much evolving as changing their colours. This album is far more soul based than their previous two albums but that doesn't detract from the brilliance of the album. The album didn't immediately grab me as the Spiritual War CD but after a couple of listens it grew on me and it is now receiving a daily airing. Where do they go from here? They have consistently improved their sound and the lyrics as always are far more meaningful than most everything out there.
Navasha Daya's vocals are always warm and she really does excel on this CD. There is also the addition of former Incognito lead vocalist Maysa Leak on the More to Life track. There are still various influences on this album, including latin and reggae and it all fits together so well. I will have to see them the next time they come to the UK as I heard that they really blew the roof down at the Jazz Cafe. There are far too many good tracks to sinlge out any particular one so all I can say is that if you really appreciate intelligent lyrics and well produced music then look no further.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars food for the soul, incredible! 20 July 2002
Format:Audio CD
what can i say? this album is awsome from start to finish, every track is a winner , like their first album which is also brilliant i have to add, this is just as good if not better, navasha daya`s voice is beautifuly soulful, with such accurasy she has one of the best voices i have heard , likewise the musicians on the album are also awsome with brilliant use of horns throughout the album and tasteful soloing from all involved particular favourites of mine are tracks like, the reggae based `culture bandits` and the and the wonderful vocalisation and soul of `like poetry` also the closing track `star people` which is beautiful,although its hard to say any are real favourites because they are all so consistently good, anyway i could go on but all there is to say really is `buy it ` ` you wont be dissapointed, this is food for your soul........
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars there's some great stuff on here 19 Nov 2004
Format:Audio CD
There are a lot of tracks on this album, and not all of them are significant in any way (good or bad). But, by my reckoning there are around four or five tracks that justify the price of purchase.
The main opening track is pure quality, and the album stays up on that level for a good while. Generally I would describe the sound as a rich blend of soul, jazz, and funk with concious, inspiring lyrics. This is very nice stuff.
Many of the tracks are uplifting either from the general vibe, or from the message of the song. If you want a good soundtrack to drive to then the track entitled "Drive" is just perfect.
On the strength of this album, I then went and bought "Perception", which has been a big disappointment.
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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars  22 reviews
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars add some mo' stars onto that! 23 Sep 2002
By Walter Edwards - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I've been following these cats for a minute and they have grown and matured from a magnificent debut independent album to a second and now third album taking you back to the roots of Africana culture. I just saw them live @ SOBs in NYC for the first time, copped the album at the show, and then lamped in the crib that night and still had to listen to the CD the next day. To say that these cats are deep is an understatement. Evident upon first listening to any track is that they put a lot of thought and care into every song. They value and respect positivity and the creative forces that have taken music of the African Diaspora to where it is today. Get it today!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Severely Underrated Band 17 April 2003
By Tourmaline - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album last summer and my aunt heard it and ended up snagging it from me. I drove all over Atlanta until I found a record store that had this album. Luckily, this same record store had copies of their first album(which I had been looking for since 99'). With each album, this band outdoes itself and this album is no different. IMO, this album is by far, the best Fertile Ground album yet.I think that there is more of a variety of sounds on this album than on their last two, but they don't deter from what they are known for: making brilliant music. My favorites are Seasons Change, Cultural Bandits, Higher, Dance and Illumination. If you haven't had the honor of hearing this band's music, you are truly missing out some masterpieces. I recommend this album highly in addition to their previous works, Field Songs and Spiritual War.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Inspiration 19 Nov 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This CD is very special to me, because my girlfriend and I were scheduled to perform a cover of their song "Star People" this month. Unfortunately, she is no longer around, so our performance had to be cancelled. However, I am purchasing my own copy of this album, if only to keep her memory alive.
She fell in love with this group after she saw them perform here in Baltimore (I believe this is their home town), and I fell in love with them because I fell in love with her.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not enough stars in the sky to give this one 31 July 2002
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I'm a long time supporter of the assiduous efforts of James Collins and his beautiful creation: "Fertile Ground". This is thier third release following the beautiful works of: "Field Songs" and "Spritual War". The band built up a strong word-of-mouth following in the Late '90s by touring the east coast constantly, concentrating on small venues and night clubs. Wowing an ever-growing audience with boundless musical dexterity and an unparalleled vibe-building panache. In addition to amassing a sizable following, their self-released album, Field Songs, I think sold well for an independent release; soon, they were attracting the attention of soul heads world wide after Spirtual War. Paying homage to the jazz and soul groups who helped to influence and form their musical character, Fertile Ground has mustered up a soul master piece with "Season Change". This CD blends a mix of soulful grooves and eclectic percussive rhythms to create a majestic portrait of musical art they can claim as their own sound.
Like my Julie Dexter "Dexterity" CD and a few others, I grabbed this one 2 weeks before it was released, by seeing them perform on thier promotional tour in Atlanta in May. This is the best CD I own from any band in any era. This CD contains 16 beautiful tracks of soulful ear candy. Any soul head, any jazz head, and real music lover would fall in love with this gem. I haven't heard one person say anything bad or negative about this band. Navasha (lead singer),Marcus Asante and James Collins and the other cat(sorry can't remember his name/horn player) have giving the music industry a blueprint of tasteful music....... listen and learn.
track listing:
01. Rise
02. Freedom
03. Season Change
04. The Moment
05. Like Poetry
06. Dance
07. Culture Bandits
08. Illuminations
09. One Mo Gin'
10. 6/8
11. More To Life
12. Drive
13. Take Me Higher
14. Come 2 Me
15. I Remember You
16. Star People
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Funky Album 31 Aug 2004
By silhouette_of_enchantment - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I decided to try Fertile Ground's album based on a few recommendations on this site that piqued my interest. Fertile Ground's style is acid-jazz like Brand New Heavies, Monday Michiru, Jamiroquai and others.

While Brand New Heavies "acid-jazz" style is more funk-rooted, Fertile Ground's aesthetic leans more toward jazz. They do draw/incorporate many different influences in their musical arrangments from reggae, salsa, and funk. Like, Jamiroquai, Michiru, and the Brand New Heavies - Fertile Ground's lyrics aim at increasing listeners' self-esteem, spiritual, and introspective process. Their lyrics also are nicely politically conscious.

Although there are a number of highlights on this album, I have a few favorites. The title song, "Seasons Change" is a magnificent jazzy number - rooted deeply in the Acid-Jazz tradition.

"Dance" is another favorite of mine on this album. It starts off with a jazz vibe - the lead singer scatting throughout it, but then the musical arrangments saunter into AfroCuban salsa vibe. "Culture Bandits," another nice one, veers into reggae/dancehall - I especially love the bassy downbeat on this "Bandits..." "One Mo Gin" is another favorite. "More to Life" is another jazzy introspective piece. There are few filler songs on this album, which was very nice.

This album is nice to listen on chilly, rainy days...or any day you feel like the weight of the world is getting you down. This is an album to pick you up. I'm sure this album is not for everyone, so check out samples of this album, and even the lyrics if you can find them. But, if you do like this album, I'd also recommend Brand New Heavies' "Brothers and Sisters" or Jamiroquai's "Travelling without Moving" or Monday Michiru's "Delicious Poison."
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