Alexandra Gerhard-García

Eternal

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It is not too often that a drummer is the leader of a musical production, which is what makes Eternal unique in itself. Eternal is also unique because it encompasses many different styles of music and all are ace performances. Alexandra Gerhard-Garcia incorporates some masterful drumming skills while accentuating and coloring the tunes with an expert ear for creative invigorating percussion. It's an album that virtually anybody can find pleasure in. Highlights include the Latin number, "Pandara," which has a solid dance groove. The female vocals are sultry and melodic while being masterfully colored with some creative lead acoustic guitar. The drum track lends "Pandara" a full energized sound with a pop flavor. The full flamenco feel of "Carmen (Bulerias)" is simply marvelous with the dancer's tapping shoes giving a live essence of the style. Alexandra Gerhard-Garcia has a chance to be in the spotlight on "Carmen (Bulerias)" with an impressive drum solo that displays a talented rhythmic percussion style. "Escape From Oakland" is jazz music at it's finest, with a drum beat that is varied but shows the style of Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich. The brass work keeps the interest level high with some good improvisational phrases. "Infected" is an unexpected addition that is a very welcomed piece to the album. This is a very powerful rock tune laced with some power chord electric guitar and some of the tightest drumming that one can hope to find. "Infected," by itself, makes the acquisition of Eternal well worth one's time and money. The melody evokes "Heart" with it's contagious and charismatic groove. The final song on the album is a very unique version of the Stevie Wonder classic "Superstition," all done nearly a cappella with only percussion accompaniment. A sweet melodic number that has a beat that grooves right down to the bone. Certainly an ace performance that deserves international attention for originality in a contagious and charismatic style seldom found on a recorded piece. Alexandra Gerhard-Garcia closes this truly enjoyable masterpiece, Eternal, with a piece that will not soon be forgotten.