Jon Dalton - The Gift
songs have their own history. Such a song is "The Gift". No,
I don't mean the same-tune of Larry Carlton. It's a special flair and
mood which is conjured by a hooking melody. The melodic line is burned
into your brain and you will never forget this melody again. Such a
melody is "The Gift" by Jon Dalton. Convince yourself: You
can download the complete song at mp3.com.
For the first time I heard this tune on the album "This
is Smooth Jazz The Box Set". This sampler is an exquisite
collection of fine especially guitar music. It's the best starter into
the world of Smooth Jazz I can imagine.
But there is more
of this dream substance. Check it out at CDBaby.
I would compare Jon's music with Ronny Jordan, Chieli Minucci, Steve
Laury or Zachary Breaux. It's the effortless ease of guitar play which
is fascinating. Something what one can only learn by hundreds of hours
training and learning. Jon has taught a number of jazz guitar master classes
and he is a very good teacher considering his music.
Let's dive into
Jon's music. The album is a result of a musical cooperation between
Jon Dalton (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, midi guitar), John
Barton (tenor sax) and John O'Hara (live percussion and all other
instruments). All titles are composed by Jon Dalton.
The album starts
Jon is playing the melody in short tones supported by John O'Hara on
keyboards. The melody is Jon's starting point for jazzy
Gift is a very
strong and hooking song. Jon is now playing chords and is using all possibilities
of softness as strings and a smooth brass section. I would consider
this song as the "nucleus of smooth jazz". It contains all
necessary ingredients of a hit.
The life of Napoli,
a sunny town in the south of Italy, is captured in the next tune. Slow
How often did your
mother tell you: "You
Can't Do That!"
A pathetic start with sustained strings followed by a captious guitar
and violins in pizzicato.
There are enough complications
in our life. Master
is a place of rest. Time for recreation. John Barton adds awesome
mellow sax overdubs.
A simple but
charming melody combined with a programmed stomping rhythm is the
right receipt as to shown up with The
Sweet as honey is
the slow tempo Webs.
Is this a tune for smooth jazz radio format of BA?
I accept One
Level Up! On the
CDBaby page one can read: "His tunes have also been procured by
publishers for film and TV use and have received nearly 100,000 plays
in on-line business distribution." This might be one of these
is a funky acid jazz tune. I especially like the percussion organ
Jon composed A
Gift Returned in
memory of his dear friend Julie Hanam. A peaceful tune with noblesse
in the style of jazz classics.
For all guitar
fans: this album is an essential guitar album. Don't miss it.