can be measured by the acceptance of the audience or the frequency of
participation in music recordings. Saxophonist
Will Donato can take advantage of both.
His stellar list of recordings includes musicians like Steve Oliver,
Steve Reid, Blake Aaron, Al McKay, Greg Karukas, Danny Kusz, Rob
Tardik, Alan Hewitt, Todd Ashley, Toni Childs, Gerald Levert and
He can count to his solo albums Will Power (2004), Will
Call (2006), Laws of Attraction (2009), What It
Takes (2010), Best Of The Season (2011), Universal
Groove (2014) and this year Supersonic.
Will performs on his new album alto saxophone. He received further
support in getting this project off the ground by Eddie Riddick,
Roberto Vally, Daniel Reese, GŁnter Asbeck, Darryl Williams (bass),
Tateng Katindig, Byron Counts (keyboards), Steve Oliver, Kay-Ta
Matsuno, JJ Sansaverino (guitar), Darren Rahn (mixing and
programming), Eric Valentine, Gary Stanionis, Thomas Williams,
Christian Poezach, Tony Moore, Craig Chestnut (drums), John Reilly
(baritone sax), Chase Huna (tenor sax), Tony Guerrero (trumpet) and Diana Donato (percussion).
Groovolution kicks the release off with Donato's pristine and
energetic sax blows. Tateng Katindig shines with elegant phrasings on
the keys sharing with Will the infectious flair of the tune.
Supersonic spreads party feelings with a stunning horn
arrangement in the finest overdub way and a blistering piano solo by
The funk infused Curveball combines elements of smooth jazz
with old school funk tweaking the harmonies to a bouncy blast of
entertainment. The already solid piece Gravitas is leveled by
Katindig's excellent keyboard performance to an incredibly eclectic
tune that finally explodes into Donato's outburst of sax overkill.
Salsamente offers a sensuous groove of Latin jazz. Tateng adds anew a syncopated punch of flavor. Captivated
plays with a Zen-like approach in atmosphere and style of film noir.
The focus is on acoustic instrumentation with Roberto Vally on bass as
emotional highlight. On Linea Roberto performs a slap bass
aptly to Donato's enthusiastic performance. Tony Guerrero on trumpet
catches listeners' ears.
Self Portrait revels in a melodic theme with the peculiarity
of reggae as a rhythmic element. Algarve Groove is inspired
by the Algarve Smooth Jazz Festival in Portugal, which takes place
this year for the second time. Will was one of the exiting acts on the
inaugural Festival last year. Kaleidoscope is an optical
instrument with two or more reflecting surfaces inclined to each other
in an angle, so that one or more (parts of) objects on one end of the
mirrors are seen as a regular symmetrical pattern when viewed from the
other end, due to repeated reflection.
Donato and Katindig are shimmering on this tune in gloriously
multi-hued notes delivering the acoustic consonance to the optical
Supersonic is a title, which is boastful but also includes
the obligation to complete the claim fully or to a considerable
extent. Will Donato fulfills this task with a dream-transforming ease,
to which only a professional musician is capable.
Buy the album in all stores
Artist: Will Donato
Genre: Smooth Jazz
Label: Innervision Records
1. Groovolution (3:36)
2. Supersonic (3:37)
3. Curveball (3:41)
4. Gravitas (3:34)
5. Salsamente (3:27)
6. Captivated (5:19)
7. Linea (3:55)
8. Self Portrait
9. Algarve Groove (3:19)
10. Kaleidoscope (3:58)