Ranked # 1 in Radio Airplay for two consecutive months by the New Age Voice, Sketches is an orchestral celebration sparked by the genius and inspiration of some of the world's most noted artisans, inventors and dreamers. The album features ten original compositions ranging from sophisticated new age to compelling classical styles.
New Age Voice Oct. 1997
Sketches "by composer/keyboardist Kurt Bestor delivers a winner with each track."
Bestor creates his own magnum opus while sketching musical masterpieces from some of humankind's greatest contributors. The dated drawings of a famed inventor inspired this work. From the liner notes: "As I sipped my complimentary beverage with 200 other passengers on our luxury liner, perusing a book about Leonardo DaVinci, it suddenly occurred to me that I was sitting in the realization of his sketched dream of a flying machine." "From Leonardo's Sketchbook" then captures that age of discovery and the light of Leonardo's mind. Each song, in turn, takes the listener on a journey similar to the diversity of Bestor's Innovators album. He scales the Grand Canyon with you, sits along Walden Pond, swoops you through Native American tribal lands, and plants you back in the Italian Renaissance with a full spectrum of styles and instruments. Musically, "Expedition," "A Romance With Electrons," and "Mama, Don't You Weep" offer the most enjoyable rides. The album will inevitably drift your thoughts to your possible contributions in a world that constantly gets tipped by new ideas. ~ Jared Johnson, All Music Guide
Kurt Bestor (Synthesizer), Kurt Bestor (Harmonica), Kurt Bestor (Piano), Kurt Bestor (Producer), Michael Manring (Fretless Bass), Michael Dowdle (Guitar), Brad Dutz (Strings), Brad Dutz (Chimes), Brad Dutz (Cymbals), Brad Dutz (Drums), Brad Dutz (Drums (Bass)), Brad Dutz (Tambourine), Brad Dutz (Triangle), Brad Dutz (Djun-Djun), Brad Dutz (Caxixi), Brad Dutz (Djembe), Brad Dutz (Bata), Brad Dutz (Cajon), Brad Dutz (Kenkeni), Brad Dutz (Shaker), Charlie Bisharat (Fiddle), Grant Geissman (Dobro), Grant Geissman (Guitar), Grant Geissman (Guitar (Steel)), Jim Gilstrap (Choir, Chorus), Chris Harding (Executive Producer), Phillip Ingram (Choir, Chorus), Harvey Mason, Sr. (Drums), Don Murray (Engineer), Don Murray (Mastering), Don Murray (Mixing), Kevin Reeves (Assistant), Brad Smith (Strings), Brad Smith (Horn (English)), Brad Smith (Oboe), Meredith Campbell (Violin), Meredith Campbell (Concert Master), Beverly Hansen (Violin), Leslie Harlow (Viola), Jane Lyman (Flute), Jennie Outram (Viola), Natalie Reed (Violin), Cynthia Richards (Violin), Joel Rosenberg (Viola), Audrey Terry (Cello), Kelly Wallis (Chimes), Kelly Wallis (Cymbals), Kelly Wallis (Triangle), Kelly Wallis (Cajon), Barbara Williams (Violin), Daron Bradford (Clarinet), Daron Bradford (Recorder (Soprano)), Daron Bradford (Recorder (Tenor)), Daron Bradford (Alto Recorder), Nicole Jackson (Cello), Candace Upman (Art Direction), Sandy DelRio (Design), Mario Ortiz (Viola), Brett Colvin (Photography), Dan Carlisle (Second Engineer), Kathleen Norris Cook (Photography), Rick Nelson (Choir, Chorus), Bonnie Bennett (Violin), Katherine Kunz (Violin)