The Glory Of Love is submerged with eloquent horns, powerful key boards, and smooth jazz beats – accompanied with the suave, sensational, cool voice of Rob Keiter. The opening track This Nearly Was Mine speaks volumes about the beauty of love and braving love’s trials and tribulations. The song sets the tone for the entire album.
Keiter had been suffering from the break up of a twenty-three year marriage. He reflects on tearful moments in the studio while recording the bitter-sweet melody.
“I was so raw when I recorded This Nearly Was Mine,” Keiter told SmoothJazzTimes.com. “I have a romantic heart and I really love this song. It talks about the love that could have been,” he said. “As I was recording it in the studio and got to the second verse – I just had this sudden torrential down pour of tears. I was thinking that I couldn’t really continue to sing through the recording – but I kept on to the end. Then everyone in the control room just asked me what just happened?”
“They also had tears and told me – you’re never going to redo this. In fact I had tears on the track that the engineers had to take out. But everyone just kept saying this is so real and so honest that you can’t record it again,” expressed Keiter.
Keiter bares his soul on the twelve track recording on Sketchin Records. There are enchanting heartfelt songs in contemporary jazz and straight-ahead jazz genres – such as Looking for Another Pure Love, Laughter in the Rain, to What Are You Doing The Rest of Your Life, and show tunes such as Get Happy.
Keiter expressed the making of the project was a way to shatter grief and breathe a sigh of relief back in to the wonders of life.
“This CD has allowed me to take the message of love to people who have experienced pain in their relationships or may have lost a relationship – like I did. I want them to know it’s important to live again after the loss of a loved one– to me that’s the biggest thing,” he said.
The project is proudly shared with producers Amber and Rob Whitlock who wrote the original Grateful For A Pleasant Trip. The pair truly captured Keiter’s heart and full emotion in the making of the music. Keiter wants fans to feel the electricity of love, dedication and team work displayed in the project.
“Rob and Amber put the entire album together,” Keiter told SmoothJazzTimes.com “It was their love for me and their belief in me during the worst time of my life. Having recorded this CD was like a dream – I didn’t even know I had.”
Also on the recording is a star studded cast of musicians; Grammy winner Randy Brecker (trumpet), Rob Whitlock (piano), Pat Kelly (guitar), Trey Henry (base), Cliff Almond (drums), Amber Whitlock (vocals), Wayne Bergeron (trumpet and flugelhorn), Andy Martin (trombone) and John Rekevics (saxes and flutes).
The Glory Of Love also offers up tempo beats that shower sounds of swing, pop and loads of joy! Influences included in the recording are from the likes of Rodgers & Hammerstein, Neil Sedaka, John Lennon and Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney.
Keiter hopes fans will capture every emotion throughout every lyric and melody as a well defined message on love and life.
“We had a blast making this record,” said Keiter. The album is fresh and the arrangements are very cool. To see these guys all make this music together was phenomenal and to me that was the thrill of a lifetime. ”
“We can’t get stuck in the past. We must live again and realize that love is something to continue and experience whether we have another person in our lives right now – or not. That’s what happened to me and that’s what I want to take to others – besides making great music.”
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THE GLORY OF LOVE
“This Nearly Was Mine”
“Looking For Another Pure Love”
“Laughter in the Rain”
“The Glory of Love”
“For no one”
“What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life”
“Our Loving Eyes”
“Grateful For a Pleasant Trip”
“What The World Needs Now”
“You Are My Heaven”