Navarro is a lover. A lover
of intensely colored, great and detailed music, a lover of musical dreams,
realized in all their attractiveness and breathtaking perfection in
one album. Dreaming of Trains is
Ken's newest opus, his 19th album and according to Navarro's comment
his best so far. The title stands for change, journey and movement,
all attributes which influence Ken's musical development.
Featured musicians include Jay Rowe (keyboards), Tom
Kennedy (bass) and Joel Rosenblatt (drums).
The album starts with the introduction Dream So Real, which Ken
understands as a gateway to his album. The sound is swelling softly
like a perfume, melting seamlessly Ann Sacks' classical vocals with
Ken's guitar chords.
The driving tune Self Propelled has a specific groove which you
certainly experienced in Pat Metheny's music. While Ken leads on
guitars, Jay Rowe answers on acoustic piano and keyboards creating the
The door opens to the main room of the album, True Stories. The
mystic of the song is conjured with different elements, which might be
known by the listener but are new in their compositional structure.
The title track Dreaming Of Trains is build of many sections
connected by an orchestral bond. Ken Navarro paints the musical
picture of a train, moving through life and offering on this travel
constantly new impressions. The transitions between the parts of the
track, presented as key-change or tempo-change, are not always smooth,
which was Ken's intention.
Ken Navarro was influenced during his career by many guitarists like
Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton, Pat Metheny and also Buzz Feiten. The
Buzz is a homage to this guitar player and Ken's other idols. The
song has mellow but also fusion elements, which separate this song
from the usual smooth jazz tunes. After the high energy song of The Buzz Ken
placed the cool down song Shared Air. The peaceful tune offers time for relaxation
and further dreaming.
Everything Being Is Dancing is a tune, building up from
Rosenblatt's drums to Ken's guitars. Ken lays one instrument over the
other and constructs a signature sound, which reinvents itself in
several formations. The Stars, The Snow, The Fire was Ken's
first song, he wrote and recorded in his new studio. The song presents
in his second part a swinging and style which was a difficult platform
for Ken's jazzy improvisation. This fragment is framed by the
appealing melodious parts.
The album finds a smooth finish with Gymnopedie No. 1, a
composition by Eric Satie (1988). A song, which Ken first played
during his college time and never faded out of his head. The beauty in
melody and single notes. Jay Rowe and Ken Navarro in perfect harmony.
Ken Navarro created with Dreaming of Trains a fascinating
concept album far beyond common smooth jazz and contemporary jazz
albums. Meanwhile he has developed his own exemplary style, a true
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Title: Dreaming Of Trains
Artist: Ken Navarro
Genre: General Jazz
Label: Positive Music
01 Dream So Real [2:47]
02 Self Propelled [4:47]
03 True Stories [8:45]
04 Dreaming Of Trains [8:28]
05 The Buzz [4:36]
06 Shared Air [5:44]
07 Everything Being Is Dancing [5:44]
08 The Stars, The Snow, The Fire [7:24]
09 Gymnopedie No. 1 [3:05]
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