Christopher Cross - What a great talent and dear friend.
I remember the first time I heard "Ride Like The Wind" in 1979. I was in a band with Dave Koz (we were in high school playing jazz together) and were rehearsing at Dave's place. He took me over to his Pioneer hifi and said "Check this out." Michael Omartian, Cross, Rob Meurer, Jeff Porcaro, Larry Carlton, Eric Johnson... the luminary list goes on and on - and I was blown away.
To have the opportunity to know and produce a record for Chris many years later was one of the distinct privileges of my career. We co-wrote a song on the album too. Great crew - Doug Rider, Marc Cassellman, Rob Meurer, Jeremy Lubbock, with some great vocal work from Gigi Worth.
Some highlights: That's Chris playing the solo over my bridge on "Curled". Most folks don't know what a fine musician he is. While we're on guitar solos, check out Eric Johnson at 2:20 on "Smiles" and the subsequent tip of the hat to Brian Wilson. "Vancouver" is just gorgeous with Lubbock moments starting at 2:39, as well as the Larry Klein bass work in the out section. I applaude the chances that Chris and Rob took on this album with the music and the lyrics. I had a complete blast on this delightful project.
A review from the time:"Walking In Avalon, Christopher's seventh album release, is without a doubt his crowning achievement to date. Written and produced with Rob Meurer, and featuring multi-instrumentalist/co-producer Scott Frankfurt, the two-CD set is an utter delight for any connoisseur of intelligent popular music. CD one is a showcase for Cross' formidable vocal, instrumental, and compositional talents. This collection of perfectly-crafted songs explores celibration and aggravation, love and lust, focus and the lack thereof, the dreaded "R" word (relationships), the difficulty of hope, and some plain, good ol' storytelling. Never before in his career has Cross' music displayed more sophistication or his lyrics more pointed meaningfulness, yet a great sense of fun permeates the entire work. Amazing backing tracks created by Frankfurt and stunning orchestral settings by Jeremy Lubbock help to showcase the great Cross/Meurer songs as well as Christopher's hugely-underrated and consistently surprising guitar work."