Ron Granger, a New York City-based music therapist has performed in R&B and contemporary jazz groups all over the world, but with Serenity by the Sea he's made an exciting move to being a solo artist. Ron Granger's work is very new age, and beyond all the clichés that have come to plague that genre since it's inception, his work is really quite good. Compositionally, Ron Granger has put together an excellent recording that truly illustrates a wide array of generally contemplative emotions. The only drawback to this recording, verily, seems to be his use of timbre. Granger uses timbres, known as General MIDI, that don't let the instrumentation breathe adequately, thus creating a somewhat synthetic and unfortunately almost generic sound. This is a wonderful recording, though, as Granger's gifts seem to be in creating wonderfully rich and excellently composed pieces. This is also a very relaxing recording, and truly stays within the precepts of a new age music that has a musical value as well as holistic one.
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AllMusic Review by Matt Borghi