Greg Carmichael and Nick Webb made a lot of great music
during the years they worked together.
Positive Thinking was slated to be their 10th collaboration.
Unfortunately, as many of us know, Nick Webb died as this
album was being put together, so it was left to John Parsons
to fill Webb's very big shoes. Though Webb was not around to
play on the CD, he was able to share in the compositions and
arrangements. Long-time Acoustic Alchemy fans will be able to
feel his touch as they listen through, and that makes this a
very bittersweet release indeed. What's not to like here?
The band is tight and inspired, seemingly coming together
flawlessly in Webb's memory. For my taste, favorites include
the languid Rainwatching W.I.; the Spanish-tinged Cadaques;
The Five Card Trick, Auguststrasse 18;
and the laid-back jazzy Time Gentlemen Please.
It is unfortunate but inevitable that the band went off in a
new direction following the issue of Positive Thinking.
Yet its a miracle under the circumstances that this project
did not fall through. This is one Acoustic Alchemy CD that
should be on every fan's shelf, both for the quality of the
music and as a tribute to the power of Nick Webb's positive
thinking and determination to see it through.