Artist Name: Ernie Mansfield
Description: A blend of Jazz Fusion and the early “Windham Hill” sound, featuring lyrical and virtuosic jazz flute.
“The true musician, one who makes music for the sake of music itself, is a relatively rare ship on the sea on commercialsim. Yet there is something universal in the true musician’s sound that transcends category and defies description.
“American-born and Paris-bred, jazz fusion flutist ERNIE MANSFIELD is, in the tradition of Mozart, a prolific composer and an improviser par excellence. . . Suffice to say, Ernie’s music is highly diverse and entertaining; because it is performed with love and humor, it is also an experience not to be missed.”
— Peter Burr, Marin Community College/Arts & Lectures
“Windsailor (Catero Records). For this disc, flutist Mansfield has penned six tunes, all with a contemporary jazz flavor. He is backed up by an extremely fine band . . . Needless to say he is a wonderful player. . . .”Dance of the Midnight Air” is an energetic and interesting piece with the melody double-tracked so that Mansfield’s flutes are in harmony. . . “Colorbook” is especially soothing with acoustic guitar, conga drums, and synthesized bird sounds. This is a tasteful, colorful, and varied album. Well recorded, top notch players – I’ll be listening to this one again.”
— Steven Dillman, “Op” Magazine, The Independent Music Magazine
“Fred Catero’s new label is dedicated to offering â€˜recordings of exceptionally talented people whose efforts deserve to be released and enjoyed without regard to commerciality.’ Certainly Ernie Mansfield’s composition and flute playing fit the bill. He has a beautiful sound, ample technique, and has written all the material on the album.”
— Dick Conte, Bay Area Jazz Society
“ . . . those who enjoy music on the Windham Hill label would enjoy this recording . . . the sound quality is excellent . . . the music [Mansfield] and his associates produce is a step above the standard MOR Jazz . . . there is some nice use of [Glenn] Cronkhite’s percussion (he might be remembered for his work with Art Lande) . . . Leader Mansfield is a musician to watch out for.”
— Carl Brauer, Cadence Magazine