Guitarist and Songwriter Joel Del Rosario first
trained in Viola. Joel studied, performed, and was second chair in the
San Francisco School of the Arts Orchestra. But jazz was his real
passion. So he soon chose the guitar as his favorite instrument. Robyn
Kazmarcyk and later Elroy Jones were his mentors. He also attended the
prestigious Stanford University Jazz camp during high school.
Joel has just released his third album Coast To Coast after his
previous albums All Him and
Calm In the Storm.
All tracks were self written & arranged by Joel with the exception of
God Is Able, written by Don Moen & sung by Ron Kenoly and his
choir. All the guitars, bass, keyboards, and sequencing were done by
Joel. A genuine self-produced album.
Hey It's the Weekend is like Saturday Night Fever meets
Smooth Jazz. While Joel performs some sultry guitar loops, rhythm and
strings bring back some disco feeling. Music for your good time.
Coast to Coast continues the positive spirit and mood. Joel
describes his themes with quick guitar riffs and his crystal clear
guitar sound is enthusing his audience. Seattle is Joel's
tribute to the vibrant city in the Pacific Northwest and the state of
Washington. This outstanding well-arranged song is the first highlight
of the album.
Joel reveals his Christian heritage with the spiritual track
God is Able. Latin music and Gospel melts into a mesmerizing
uplifting piece. Joel sampled Ron Kenoly's choir but totally
re-arranged the song. The mid-tempo Get You in the Groove brings
more sunshine in your life.
Joel has an undisputable feeling for great compositions as he
illustrates with One Way Street Remix with crisp guitar chords.
The romantic Midtown features Joel's friend and sax player
Melecio Magdaluyo, who is currently the jazz instructor at the School
of the Arts San Francisco, where Joel went to school. He has played
with Pete Escovedo, Bobby Brown, and many artists including Wayne
They that Wait is Joel's short excursion into the Blues genre.
Another good opportunity to give us a taste of his multi-faceted
talent. Listening to Always Faithful I recall with greatest
respect that Joel performs all instruments on his album in a
impressive perfection. His sense for immaculate melodies is
unsurpassable. Final piece of this album is the intoxicating Been
Good to Me. Joel follows the melody with different styles always
keeping this smooth ballad in balance.
With George-Benson-like fluidity Joel Del Rosario rivals on his new
album Coast To Coast every proficient smooth jazz guitarist.