Michael Ripoll - Discovery Anew

 

Born in Long Island N.Y. Michael Ripoll moved to Miami when he was 16. Today he lives in Nashville, TN. Influenced by Jazz, Flamenco, Latin, Funk, R&B and a lot of more genres he has developed a real personal style. His first album Esperando, published at mp3.com, showcases his ambivalence and his passion for Flamenco guitar. He has already played with a lot of famous artists of the Smooth Jazz scene as Kirk Whalum, Everette Harp, Brian McKnight, Mary J. Blige, Mark Antoine, Yolanda Adams, Take 6, Rick Braun, Norman Brown, Boney James, Peter White, Ben Tankard and more. It's no wonder that his collaboration is mirrored in his new album, which is temporarily only available at Michael's website

The easiest way to describe his music is to compare Michael with other artists. I would quote Mark Antoine, Peter White and Josť Luis Encinas. His new album "Discovery Anew" is so sensational good, that one cannot wait to the insecure date of release to review it. Players on this album are : Michael Ripoll (acoustic & electric guitars, bass, programming, background vocals), Kirk Whalum (saxophone), John Santos (percussion, background vocals), Maura Ripoll (vocals), Alex Alzamora (piano, keyboards), Chris Kent (drums), Tony Morra (drums), Manny Yanes (bass, background vocals), Rick Jackson (piano, keyboards, organ), Carlos CC. Gordon (programming), Duawne Starling (vocals) and Willie Williams & Rod McGohah (trumpet). The album was produced by Kirk Whalum and Michael Ripoll.

Very strong, very fresh is Give Thanx. This melody convinces every skeptic. Michael Ripoll masters his instrument and knows groovy licks. This track is ready for his first single with all best ingredients.

More in the tradition of his heritage is McGill Brazil. Samba rhythm combined with a flamenco guitar, excellent drums and percussion. At the end of the track Michael's flamenco guitar explodes to a crescendo.

The vocal Reason For Livin' has a hooking line with a memorable engraver of music. You will not forget this song anymore.

Lullaby gives some minutes for reflections. A contemplative piece on acoustic guitar.

Back again to Latin Music with Cat Dog. The track changes between Blues and Latin. What an unique masterpiece. 

A highlight for acoustic guitar fans is Ooh Aah. Only a magician can play so laid back. Spanish school mixed with Smooth Jazz. Superb!

A trip to R&B. So Much In Love is presenting some vocals, but still Michael's electric guitar stays in the center of interest. 

 Play My Guitar, a re-invention of Carlos Satana. Michael keeps the fire burning.

The final tune City Of Hope presents Michael's acoustic guitar, short and comprehensive.

I highly recommend this album to all friends of guitar music. If you get the chance to buy it, do it. This album is a winner. 

 
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