"..a warm tropical tale of getting away from
the hustle-bustle of cold city life."
instrumental record follows on the heels of his highly successful
first release: 'ISLAND FANTASY' and critically-acclaimed 'FUSION.'
Mike's imaginary "Isle of Jábeam" is the perfect
setting to highlight his guitar mastery. Playing electric, classical and
acoustic guitars, Mike weaves a warm tropical tale of getting away from
the hustle-bustle of cold city life. Like a great story
teller, each moment of this album is full of surprise and wonderment.
The songs are
rich, diverse and timeless. Many evoke decades of jazz history, yet seem
totally fresh. The cuts are upbeat and intriguing; others relaxing and
romantic, while still others are haunting.
As a guitar player, Smiarowski can be compared to many of the best. One
can hear many influences, most notably George Benson and Wes Montgomery.
But Mike's versatile style has his own distinctive guitar 'voice'.
Chas Eller, (of
Kilimanjaro fame) co-produced this album with Mike. The Album was
digitally mixed, mastered and recorded at Eller's studio in Vermont. The
emotional outpouring of Mike's playing stands in stark contrast to so
many of today's sterile sounds. The most remarkable thing about "Return
to Jábeam" is that it is eminently
playable. You could feel comfortable playing this entire album to a
diverse crowd and find many feet tapping to its infectious beat.
message from Mike: "Return with me to the magical, mythical Isle
of Jábeam, where my island fantasy becomes reality. My second
musical tour through sensuous tropical splendor is guaranteed to take