Blake Aaron's typical signature as master
guitarist is part of the television shows "MAD TV" (FOX), "Gary and
Mike" (UPN), "The Ben Stiller Show" (FOX), "Sunday Night Comics"
(FOX), "Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Special" (ABC), "Gary Shandling's
Young Comedian's Special" (HBO), and "The Mother Love Show" (FOX).
Those who prefer listening to music only will have attended his
concerts with Steve Reidís Bamboo Forest, David Benoit, Eric
Marienthal, Maxine Nightingale, Bobby Womack, Carlos Santana, The
Funkadellics, The Gap Band, and Voice of the Beehive.
Blake Aaron's music is no secret. Guitar fans
will love his albums With Every Touch (2001) and
Bringin' It Back (2003). Now he is back with his new album Desire
(2007). All albums are published at Aaron's own label
Innervison Records and
Entertainment. Further artists of this roster are Will Donato,
Jack Prybylski, Rupert Leighton and Richard Hart Quartet. With more
than 70 minutes Blake Aaron's new album offers a great assortment of
Wes Montgomery is a guitar legend. Legions of
guitarists are influenced by his style. Ask Norman Brown, Thom Rotella,
Nick Colionne or Steve Laury who is their hero. All will answer Wes.
Bumbin' On The Wes Side is Blake Aaron's special homage to Wes.
The track also contains an excellent piano solo of Steve Weingart.
Paul Brown initiated the uptempo Come On Over.
He plays percussion, keyboards and rhythm guitar. A hot and funky
The first cover on this album is Billy Preston's
Will It Go 'Round In Circles. Preston had self-produced the
song for his album Music Is My Life (1973), selling millions of
copies. Blake comments: "Mike and I heard it over a sound system and
thought it would be a really good song to cover because it was funky
and it hadn't been overdone."
Shine is a hooking tune featuring Jesse J.
on flute. It has certainly the typical Paul Brown flavor but Blake
writes his own guitar signature. Blake has originally written this
tune for Paul Brown's album one year ago.
If You Were Mine is a moody romantic
melody. Featured artist on this track is Tony Guerrero on flugelhorn.
Aside from his work in the contemporary and classic jazz fields he has
produced albums in a variety of arenas, from jazz to rock to country.
has just recorded a new solo album which will soon be released,
A waltz is certainly unusual on a smooth jazz
album, isn't it? In Her Sweet Way breaks this rule. Very
Tony Guerrero takes this time his muted trumpet
to perform on the title track Desire in a duet with Blake
Aaron. Blake has reveals a baroque style in his guitar performance.
The last tones fade away on Tony's trumpet.
Aaron also offers a vocal song on his album,
Forever featuring singer TJ Gibson. An awesome R&B singer with a
There Will Come A Day shows
Aaron Blake on a faithful attitude treating his guitar on the bluesy
The Blues goes on with Baby Likes The Blues.
Fragile is the title of the following
Bossa Nova tune. Blake Aaron had performed this tune live for
years. Now he serves a Salsa version with a hot rhythm part (Hussain
Jiffy and Walter Rodriguez), Otmaro Ruiz on keys (that's pure Salsa!)
and of course Blake on guitar in a top notch quality. Venezuela born
Otmaro Ruiz was introduced into the circle of Los Angeles jazz
musicians by Alex Acuna.
Run Away With You is Blake's breathtaking
guitar stampede. Jimmy Branley is an expert in Afro-Cuban drumming.
The best drummer Blake could choice for this smooth jazz tune with
Harmonious Funk is dedicated to the genius
of Thelonious Monk and Grover Washington Jr.. Starting as a smooth
jazz tune with bluesy elements the track slowly changes its style into
bebop. A real chameleon.
Short, Sweet And Sexy are the attributes
of a lush radio-like song. May be it's Aaron Blake's lure for smooth
jazz radio stations.
Spin Zone was supposed to be the first
single from the album "Shine" on 215 Records. The plan was to follow
up with the full CD "Shine". The 215 Records dream is floored. But
Spine Zone survived and that are the good news.
Blake Aaron's new album Desire is exactly that
what listeners want: Finest guitar entertainement over more than 70