JIM STEAGER and the JASPER SPRINGS BAND
“WHAT WOULD IT TAKE”
Review by Mike McKenna
PA Music Scene.com
Jim Steager is back with an All-Star cast on his latest project with The Jasper Springs Band. With a mellow Christian-Folk sound, this CD offers the listener some really nice tracks in the mold of a Michael W. Smith, Al Stewart or a Steve Forbert. With the assistance of Al Smith on bass, Allen Carrescia on keys and John Morgan Kimock and Johnny Boehm on percussion, Jim has taken his music to the next level. A veteran of 30 years of writing and performing his music has allowed him to refine and polish his talent to this level. This entire offering is filled with deep-down feelers that touch the heart in only Jim can do it!
The title track “What Would It Take” takes me back to the days of some of the greats who performed great Adult Contemporary songs. This tune tells it like it is in plain language and is one of the best numbers on this CD! “Another Beautiful Day” and “Hope Is Out There” are as realistic as it gets. They tell a nice story! “ Dancing In The Moonlight” is a tune that if you close your eyes and envision the lyrics, it comes alive in a virtual sense.
“Dulcimer Piece” is so unique that I intend to use it as a stress buster. What A great tune to relax to! “New Discovery” reminds me of simpler days when contemporary folk was King. This is an excellent track with precise instrumentation. “Four Daquiris Down” is arguably the best Jim Steager piece ever recorded and his top request! I like the way new additions were added with the keys and a slight change in the tempo. “Take Me Over” is a nice mid-tempo number that flows effortlessly. “Related To Aliens” reaches outward of where we are in this vast universe and where our place is in it.
All in all, it is another masterful piece by Jim Steager and his band Jasper Springs perform flawlessly. I give this 2 thumbs up!