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All the Way [Ken Navarro]
1. It's Up to You
2. Hey Cool Breeze
3. Lost and Found
4. In the Sky Today
5. Learning to Dance
6. All the Way
7. Bringing Down the House
8. Whenever You're Around
9. Never Been to Paris
10. Play Don't Worry
11. In the Sky Today - (Radio Mix)
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 5104
Ken Navarro; David Mann
Personnel: Ken Navarro (keyboards, acoustic & electric guitars, programming); Rob Holmes (soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); Barry Danielian (trumpet, flugelhorn); Jay Rowe (piano, electric piano, keyboards); Dan La Maestra (organ); David Mann (keyboards, programming); Gary Grainger (acoustic & electric basses); Greg Grainger (drums); Kevin Prince (percussion).
Recorded at Positive Music, Ellicott City, Maryland and Studio 107, New York, New York between January & April 2003.
Personnel: Ken Navarro (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, keyboards, drum programming, percussion programming); Rob Holmes (soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); David Mann (tenor saxophone, keyboards, drum programming, percussion programming); Barry Danielian (trumpet, flugelhorn); Jay Rowe (piano, electric piano, keyboards); Dan La Maestra (organ); Gary Grainger (acoustic bass); Greg Grainger (drums); Kevin Prince (percussion).
Audio Mixers: Ken Navarro; David Mann .
Recording information: Positive Music Studios, Ellicott City, MD (01/2003-04/2003); Studio 107, New York, NY (01/2003-04/2003).
When the infinitely melodic acoustic and electric guitarist Ken Navarro closed shop on his own label, Positive Music, after over a decade of solid self-releases (and many underrated projects by top artists), he made the perfect move in signing with Shanachie. Few popular indie labels capture the middle-of-the-road, easy-grooving, simply soulful lyrical charms better than this label, whose roster includes Pamela Williams, Special EFX, and Kim Waters. All the Way is in some ways perfectly interchangeable with much of his best material over the years, full of lighthearted, catchy gems that bear repeated humming upon a single listen. Best among these are the first single, "Bringing Down the House," which takes a few creative chances in its swirl of easy-thumping synth horns and plucky acoustic guitar improv, and "It's Up to You," an acoustic-electric blend whose hook bears more than a passing resemblance to the classic "Breezin'." Elsewhere, Navarro plays it fairly close to the vest, but in an imminently likeable way, from his cool snapping electric on "Hey Cool Breeze" to the graceful acoustic ballad "Learning to Dance." "All the Way" is an explosive oasis in the midst of the cool, exploring Navarro's electric artistry deeper and rolling well over seven minutes; keyboardist Jay Rowe checks in with one of his trademark killer solos. In the smooth jazz world, Navarro didn't receive the accolades of Peter White or Jeff Golub, but no artist had been more consistently enjoyable and satisfying since the genre began 15 years ago. ~ Jonathan Widran
JazzTimes (11/03, p.111) - "Navarro exhibits an adventurous side of his artistry without sacrificing any of his well-known appeal."
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