Archive for January 13th, 2010

Ken Navarro – Dreaming of Trains

Contemporary jazz guitarist Ken Navarro has finished the 19th solo CD of his career, Dreaming of Trains, and will release it on his own Positive Music record label. The nine-song CD runs 51 minutes and has titles such as “Dream So Real,” “True Stories” and “Everything Being Is Dancing.” Navarro closes the CD with an interpretation of French composer Erik Satie’s “Gymnopedie No. 1.”

Ken Navarro’s brand new CD Dreaming of Trains will not be available in stores until March 16, but you can order your copy at his website right now. Your order will ship the same day you place it. Ken will personally autograph your copy and you will also receive an autographed photo. Navarro says, shipping of orders will begin on January 13. Dreaming of Trains will not be released at retail outlets until March 16.

This is Ken Navarro’s 19th CD release and is the follow up to his breakthrough release of 2008, “The Grace of Summer Light” which was named the #1 Contemporary Jazz CD of 2008 by Jazz Times magazine. Navarro says the upcoming CD is his best so far. “I am so grateful to you all for following my music, some of you since the very beginning with The River Flows back in 1990. The musical journey continues for me and I hope for you too, and I can’t express the joy of sharing my brand new music with you and my heartfelt thanks for your support …”

Featured musicians include Jay Rowe from Special EFX and the Marion Meadows band, Tom Kennedy from the Al Dimeola band and the Mike Stern band and Joel Rosenblatt from Spyro Gyra. These 9 new recordings are built around strong melodic themes which flow perfectly within each composition. The reason a group of songs with this level of complexity can be so accessible is because they are beautiful, diverse, and there isn’t the dissonance that is often the hallmark of progressive and fusion projects. Complex solos, arrangements and rhythms? Yes. Self serving edginess? No.