Like a collection of short stories, guitarist Blake Aaron’s (http://www.blakeaaron.com/) “Soul Stories” is a diverse set of colorfully compelling compositions. Themes, moods and rhythms vary just as the instrumental “voice” Aaron uses to tell the ten tales – eight of which were authored or co-penned by the artist - differs yet a common thread emerges from the blend of improvisational jazz, soul-infused R&B, exotic Latin nuances and shimmering pop sensibilities. Aaron produced the disc, his fifth solo effort, which will be released today.
Early reviews have been terrific and Aaron was recently interviewed for a feature in Vintage Guitar magazine. Fervent radio support has been abundant as Aaron has already gone Top 5 on the Billboard singles chart with the retro disco pop energizer “Groove-O-Matic,” which is animated by cool electric jazz guitar soloing. The current single pays homage to seminal guitarist Wes Montgomery, the aptly titled “Wes Side Story,” a brisk-paced straight-ahead jazz foray. Aaron’s nylon string guitar lilts while illuminating the festive Latin dancer “Sol Amor.” Clocking in at over seven minutes, the sprawling “Europa” provides Aaron the platform to use his electric guitar to serenade, scream and seduce simultaneously. Spiked by Aaron’s searing electric guitar riffs, jazz crooner Spencer Day guests on the head-bobbing hipster “You’re the One for Me.” Up and down in tempo, impassioned electric guitar makes “Story of the Blues” a rousing anthem. Aaron slows the Hall & Oates gem “Sara Smile” a tad, adding sultriness to the soulful song that erupts into an incendiary electric guitar overture. The wistful seduction continues on the stunning “Story of My Life,” an elegant Brazilian jazz outing courted by Aaron’s gentle nylon sting instrument and graced by Rob Mullins’ plaintively longing piano. R&B vocalist Derek Bordeaux teams with Aaron to celebrate on the charming romancer “You’re My Miracle.” Another Billboard singles charter, “Encantadora” closes the album with a percussive Latin flair sparked by Aaron’s electric guitar and Najee’s soaring flute flourishes.
Best selling smooth jazz at amazon.com
Jazz from Amazon.com