“Love Coloured Soul”
Artist: Ken Navarro
Label: Positive Music
Date: January 25, 2005
called upon, artist and composer Ken Navarro can put on a show that
rivals anyone in the Smooth Jazz world.
When it’s time for an album, Ken Navarro can produce something
that is always stylistic and engaging.
In his almost fifteen years of producing solo albums Navarro has
delivered fifteen quality works that embody his unique form and
delivery. When you think of
the songs of “Island
Life”, or “When Night Calls”, just to name two, you’re
immediately within his grasp of upbeat grooves and harmonic tones; you
can almost hear the style in your head.
And then along comes “Love Coloured Soul”.
to say he hasn’t kept a lot of his traditions and musical scope.
Navarro is joined on this album by his long-standing and talented
musician friends, including but not limited to Jay Rowe, Gary Grainger
and Andre “Blues” Webb. You’ll
hear those familiar riffs and hooks that are his alone.
Why is this one different? This
writer, having followed this artist for some time believes that Ken
Navarro has now reached a point in his life of reassurance and
completeness with his music, his surroundings and his personal musical
development. And notably,
Ken Navarro returned to his own recording studio and label to put this
entire project together in all of its aspects.
this album, you’ll find a comfort like nothing you know.
This music wraps itself around you and without a doubt; songs
such as “Breathe” and its title track bring you back into the
musical arms of your old friend, Ken Navarro.
It’s what made you fall in love with his music in the first
place, yet now, matured and developed.
The familiarity and ease of his own personal surroundings in the
creation of this album are captured and gift wrapped in melodic auras to
the listener. This artist
has come of age in finding his deepest emotions, feelings and
sentiments, transferred them to music and then delivered them in his
get a little funk from Mr. Navarro also, and his cover of the classic
“Stoned Soul Picnic” is dreamy and moody.
Technically, he sores again with mastery of his instrument that
will remind you of Matheny. Close
your eyes and take in “Glass Dolphins” with it’s innovative
syncopation and dynamics, I promise you’ll see them in shades of aqua
and crystalline blue. Listen
to the key changes in “Let It Go” and you’ll tumble through the
song as gently and magically as it sounds.
The development in this song is astounding and Navarro will force
you to reach higher with him at every chord change.
Slip away through “Summer of Love” as you wrap yourself in a
soft quilt, or sit on a beach through “You Are Everything” watching
a sunset. He’s painted
the picture for you; he’s put his very being into sharing that moment
makes “Love Coloured Soul” the best Navarro release yet?
It’s a treasure of him, he’s allowing us into his studio (and
literally did via the Internet for much of it’s production), and
asking us to close our eyes and listen carefully.
The songs of this memorable CD are relaying the spirit of the
artist…he’s confident, at ease and at an all time emotional high.