He played with Carlos Santana, The Gap Band or Bobby Womack, but
meanwhile he has made a name for himself and achieved a certain
degree of fame. For collectors Blake Aaron's previous releases are
listed as follows: With Every Touch (2001), Bringin'
It Back (2003), Desire (2007), Soul Stories
(2015) and this year Color And Passion. Remarkable in
this day and age, all albums have been released on Innervision
Already in April 2017 he announced the forthcoming
album in connection with the release of his single Vivid.
Who would have thought that it would take until September 18, 2020
to release it. The long production time also explains that half of
the album consists of singles released in the last 5 years, which
successfully hit the billboard charts.
Thus the album also
reflects the entire musical environment of this guitarist, who has
already built up a large network of musicians. Besides Aaron, who
plays guitar and keyboards, one can find in the credits a plethora
of musicians listed below. The album
contains one cover, all other compositions are by Blake Aaron or
are collaborations with Darren Rahn and Adam Hawley.
of the album is the super-catchy Fall For You. Black Aaron
integrates stylistic elements of George Benson in this blazing
groove and delivers an exciting vibrating question and answer with Tateng Katindig on the piano.
We also meet these classical GB riffs on Groovers and Shakers,
a fine tune created in collaboration with producer and saxophonist
The uplifting Sunday Strut features
sax legend Najee, who is widely supported by David Mann's
excellent horn arrangement. In transitions, musical quotations
like Stevie Wonder's Sir Duke are alluded to. Drive
presents solid chops of this popular guitarist who opens up to the
funk and then slides off into the dreamy. Also remarkable is Jason
Rahn on flugelhorn, while Darren Rahn, although involved with most
instruments, limits himself to accompaniment.
The well-known single Vivid has lost nothing of its vigor
even after its release in 2017. The Martin brothers are also
involved in this piece with saxophone, trumpet and trombone and
give it a powerful swing. Rob Mullins on piano takes the tune on
Color and Passion is a slow intense
acoustic tune with a wonderful romantic attitude, that recommends
this piece as a soundtrack for a substantial movie. The
explanation is simple. Craig Sharmat who is involved in the
recording as arranger and performer of a strings arrangement, is
fostering merits as a brilliant film composer (King Kong, Ghost
Rider, Eragon). The thrilling dramatic of the piece is created by
the bridge, in which Blake lets the guitar scream in the style of
Blake Aaron composed Daylight with the intention to bring
encouragement to the people in this threatening time of pandemic.
He has fully succeeded in doing so with this lively piece.
Riviera Nights is blending elements of Tarantella, Salsa and
Flamenco to an irresistibly fiery dance with a high risk of
infection. Mike Whittaker on the piano is a true virtuoso.
Godfather Brown is a successful mixture of a tribute to
James Brown, film music and a healthy dose of jazz. Weekend in
Paradise is a Reggaeton flavored feel good song. The album
receives a crowning finish with a cover of Stevie Wonder's
Don't You Worry Bout a Thing. A festival of Latin music
perfectly packaged with the best musicians California has to
Blake Aaron has achieved with his album Color and Passion,
what other musicians of his genre have not been able to match in
their whole artistic life. A hit album from start to finish of
impressive impact power.
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Title: Color And
Artist: Blake Aaron
Genre: Smooth Jazz
Label: Innervision Records
1) Fall for You (4:57)
2) Groovers and Shakers (Feat. Darren
3) Sunday Strut (Feat. Najee) (4:27)
5) Vivid (6:22)
6) Color and Passion (6:38)
8) Riviera Nights (4:43)
10) Weekend in Paradise (4:11)
11) Don't You
Worry Bout a Thing (Feat. Kim Scott) (4:09)
Tony Moore (drums),
Darryl Williams (bass), Tateng Katindig (piano and keyboards),
Darren Rahn (sax and Wurlitzer, synth, programming), Mel Brown
(bass), Tarell Martin (drums), Najee (tenor and soprano
saxophones), Eric Valentine (drums), Adam Hawley (rhythm guitar,
Rhodes, strings, organ, programming), David Mann (horn
arrangement, saxophones), Jason Rahn (flugelhorn), Hussain
Jiffry (bass, upright bass), Rob Mullins (piano, keyboards),
Scott Martin (sax and horn arrangement), Stan Martin (trumpet),
Andy Martin (trombone), Luanne Homzy (violin), Craig Sharmat
(string arrangements and virtual strings), Kimaya (vocals), Mike
Whittaker (piano), Kim Scott (flute), Ronnie Gutierrez
(percussion), Lee Thornburg (horn arrangement, trumpet,
trombone) and Mike Parlett (saxophones).