This is the time of trouble. Record labels are
dieing like birds infected by a virus. The young generation prefers to
download the music. So the question arise, will we still have that
kind of music some
years later? Will we be able to share smooth and contemporary jazz? In
consequence it's really hard for artists of instrumental music to find
a contract nowadays. Nick Colionne is on the lucky side. His first albums "It's
My Turn", "Arrival" and "The Seduction" were released at the
Shore Jazz" label. That label folded. His next album "Just
Come On In" was released on the "Three Keys
Music" label. Most of you knows the problems of this record label too.
Nick writes: "To my manager Carol Ray: here we go again, every time
the world seemed to close in on me you found another door to open... I
must be the luckiest cat in the business to have someone who believes
in me the way you do..." Nick, there are some more believin' in
His new album "Keepin' It Cool" will
be released on the Narada Jazz label. The first track
Can You Feel It is showcasing
foremost Nick Colionne's guitar style. He prefers to play in chords on
his beloved Epiphone guitar. Some reverb and overdub effects are
magnifying his performance.
Keepin' It Cool
is Nick's life device and also expression. The relaxed tune is
perfectly enriched by John Blasucci's keyboard sounds.
John Blasucci, the son of a jazz pianist, is an early disciple of such
masters as Bill Evans, Chick Corea, and Herbie Hancock. But John had a
love for jazz-inflected pop music as well, and counts the music of Al
Jarreau among the influential. Impressing is also
Ricky Peterson's solo on
Hammond B 3. His new album is awaited in some months. His Hammond
organ can be heard on albums of musicians like Kirk Whalum, Brian
Culbertson, Euge Groove, Steve Cole or David Sanborn but also on
albums of Prince or the Steve Miller Band.
On Always Thinking Of You Nick expands his melody in variations. John Blasucci
delivers a short piano solo.
If You Asked Me
was produced and arranged by Steve Cole. And If you should recognize a
certain similarity to Peter White's style, then this is no accident.
Nick, Steve and Peter have written this tune together.
You Were There For Me
is carried by a melancholic mood. Nick Colionne conjures with some
guitar chords a magic atmosphere. This is the secret knowledge about
the magic of music. Tone after tone spell bounds your mind.
Nick Colionne prefers the music style we usually
know as smooth jazz. This Is The Song
is such a mellow radio like melody, very accessible and dreamy
Nick Colionne is a guitar master. I know his
multifarious creativity. Listening to John L
I miss although some variation in his style.
From Me To You
is more a lyrical approach to music. Nick gives his guitar an own
The influence of Mike Logan is to hear in the
introduction of A Moment With You.
Mike plays piano and has co-written the tune with Nick. Insiders will
know that Mike Logan is one of the creators of Unwrapped Volume IV.
Label mate Steve Cole has co-written the tune
Liquid. Steve is playing
keyboards, sax and flute on this tune. You may wonder how a sax player
can write a song for a guitarist. But Steve doesn't only blow the sax.
He is also an avid guitar player. "I had never played a guitar
before," he says, "but I knew I needed one to write the kind of music
I was hearing in my head."
Catch Me is a good example how
Nick is playing guitar duets in a multilayered way.
Rainy Night In Georgia
is featuring Nick's vocal potential. His smooth guttural expression
reminds me at the singer Jon Lucien ("Endless Is Love").
The best and most infectious song on this album is
High Flyin'. Head bopping and
dancing is certainly the first reaction. And if the song sounds
familiar to you: it was the first song on his previous album "Just
Come On In". This version is more up-tempo and fits perfectly to the
For lovers of smooth guitar music Nick Colionne's
new album "Keepin' It Cool" is the first choice. Don't put the CD in