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Ken Navarro – Into The Light

Pre-Order Ken Navarro’s brand new album for 2020 and receive it in early January 2020, weeks before it’s official February 21, 2020 release date! 11 new songs featuring over 20 musicians contributing to Ken”s new music including Gary Grainger on bass, Greg Grainger on drums, Tony Craddock Jr. on saxophone and Jay Rowe on keyboards to name just a few. (and of course, Ken will sign it to you!).

Get Into The Light on Ken’s website.

Ken Navarro – Music For Guitar And Orchestra

Music For Guitar And Orchestra, Ken Navarro‘s 24th release, is a brand new album of Ken’s best and most loved music arranged and orchestrated for Navarro’s acoustic guitar and symphony orchestra. This new work also features special guest performances from such acclaimed musicians as drummers Dave Weckl (Chick Corea, Mike Stern), Chad Wackerman (James Taylor, Frank Zappa), bassist John Patitucci (Wayne Shorter, Al Dimeola), Saxophonist Eric Marienthal (The Rippingtons, Jeff Lorber) and harpist Lori Andrews (Barbra Streisand). The music includes new versions of some of Ken’s #1 hits – “Smooth Sensation”, “The Stars, The Snow, The Fire”, “Juliet” and many more.

Pre-order your copy now on Ken’s website.

Ken Navarro – Bonfire

Bonfire Over the past 25 years, Ken Navarro has performed in every major US city and had numerous Top 5 hits at national radio. His music is distributed throughout the world from Japan to Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, Britain, Australia, Chile, Brazil, Italy, Spain, France, Germany, the Netherlands and even in China. Navarro’s 2010 release Dreaming of Trains was pre-nominated for the 2011 Grammy awards in 2 categories and his 2014 album Ruby Lane spent 4 months in the Top 10 at contemporary/smooth jazz radio, iTunes and Amazon. His impressive discography of 22 top charting albums showcase his appeal to a wide range of listeners with inspiring compositions and superb guitar performances.

“I believe that if you dedicate your life’s work to something you love, you can accomplish what you once thought was impossible. My 23rd album is finally finished and it’s called “Bonfire“. I think it is my greatest accomplishment so far.” Ken Navarro offers his new album at his website for pre-order.

Ken Navarro – Unbreakable Heart

Unbreakable HeartEleven new contemporary jazz compositions from one of the genres most gifted and successful recording artists. Top charting and award winning contemporary/smooth jazz guitarist and composer Ken Navarro has created his 22nd album Unbreakable Heart. Navarro’s brilliant acoustic and electric work are featured throughout.

Navarro’s 2014 album Ruby Lane was in the top 10 at national radio and at Amazon.com for many months and his release from 2010 Dreaming of Trains was pre-nominated in 2 Grammy categories. Navarro has had numerous Top 5 songs at national radio for the past 25 years including ‘You Are Everything’, ‘Smooth Sensation’, ‘Ruby Lane’ and ‘Eric’s Dream’. The album is on pre-order at Amazon.com.

Ken Navarro – Hope, Joy, Strength

HJSKen Navarro‘s contribution to Contemporary and Mainstream Jazz goes beyond his personal artistry. Ken has produced successful albums for Narada/EMI recording artist Eric Darius as well as saxophonist Randy Villars and pianist Jay Rowe to name a few. As founder of Positive Music Records, Ken is responsible for launching and furthering the recording careers of saxophonist Brandon Fields, guitarists Grant Geissman, Thom Rotella and Pat Kelley, and keyboardists Gregg Karukas, Jay Rowe and Marcus Johnson. Ken’s vision of a musician’s record label has enhanced the genre with over 35 new artists and seventy releases.

Hope, Joy, Strength is a trilogy of uplifting and energetic beautiful contemporary jazz music from one of the genre’s most gifted and successful recording artists. Top charting and award winning contemporary guitarist and composer Ken Navarro begins 2015 with positive and soulful new music. Get the new album here.

Ken Navarro – Ruby Lane

Guitarist Ken Navarro celebrates the release of his 21st album Ruby Lane with a glass of delicious red wine. Meanwhile, Ken has disconnected from the chains of the Smooth Jazz format and focuses on pure guitar music.

The difference is audible on the interpretation of Boz Scaggs Can I Make It Last (Or Will It Just Be Over). The primeval sound of abundance of pure acoustic guitar testifies sophisticated recording technology.

Running Toward the Sun is propelled by the rhythm arrangement. The guitar is self-perpetuating the rhythmic guidelines. Kings and Queens is dedicated to Coretta Scott King and Ethel Kennedy, an interlaced piece with its own dynamics.

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Ken Navarro – The Test Of Time

Solo guitar like you never imagined it. No overdubs allowed. Genuine, Flawless Performances. Melodies, Bass lines, Harmonies, Percussion – all masterfully played simultaneously on just one guitar. Ken Navarro has infused himself in each style of solo guitar playing so that it transcends the song and style and becomes an original Ken Navarro masterpiece.

Navarro’s latest CD The Test Of Time is his 20th release and marks a landmark in Ken’s musical direction. In each of the 12 songs that make up The Test of Time, Navarro delivers a genuine, flawless performance, where all of the melodies, bass lines, harmonies and even percussion are masterfully played simultaneously on just one guitar without any overdubbing.

Some of the contemporary classics included are The Police’s Message In A Bottle, John Lennon’s Imagine, Glen Campbell’s Wichita Lineman, Pat Metheny’s Letter From Home and Santana’s Europa. This new release is a huge milestone and leap forward in Navarro’s career. The performances are magical in many ways and will be appreciated by a wide audience. Navarro’s mastery of the many different styles is breathtaking. He has infused himself in each style of solo guitar playing so that it transcends the song and style and becomes an original Ken Navarro masterpiece.

His brand new CD The Test Of Time will be released March 20 but is now available exclusively at Welcome to Ken Navarro The Test Of Time. Listen to samples and purchase 10 weeks before the release date.

Jack Prybylski – Out Of The Box

Influenced by Tom Scott and David Sanborn Jack Prybylski has released seven albums with Buffalo-based jazz group Them Jazzbeards. He started his solo career with the debut album Soho Strut (2001). On his second album Window Shopping (2006) he performed with guitar-genius Ken Navarro. “It was great working with Ken on this project and drawing on his experience not only as a musician and producer, but also as a label owner and an icon in this genre for years,” says Jack.

Now Jack presents his third album Out Of The Box, which is scheduled for release 6/22 and will be available via several online retailers and earlier at Jack’s website. Jack recorded this album with Rob DeBoer (guitar, keyboards, bass, programming) and Tony Grace (drums, percussion, programming), both members of the famous acid jazz group Four 80 East.

Jack comments: “I was totally blown away by the ideas Tony and Rob (Four 80 East) brought to the table. I wanted something a little more aggressive and a little less safe than the previous releases. Sometimes it’s fun to color outside of the lines.”

We dive into Jack’s album with Head Hunter, a creation of the fab two. Driven by dynamic bass and wah-wah guitar the track walks on the line between retro quotes and contemporary jazz.

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Ken Navarro – Dreaming of Trains

Ken Navarro is a lover. A lover of intensely colored, great and detailed music, a lover of musical dreams, realized in all their attractiveness and breathtaking perfection, a musician is competent and capable to. Dreaming of Trains is Ken’s newest opus, his 19th album and according to Navarro’s comment his best so far. The title stands for change, journey and movement, all attributes which influence Ken’s musical development.

Featured musicians include Jay Rowe (keyboards), Tom Kennedy (bass) and Joel Rosenblatt (drums). The album starts with the introduction Dream So Real, which Ken understands as a gateway to his album. The sound is swelling softly like a perfume, melting seamlessly Ann Sacks’ classical vocals with Ken’s guitar chords.

The driving tune Self Propelled has a specific groove which you certainly experienced in Pat Metheny’s music. While Ken leads on guitars, Jay Rowe answers on acoustic piano and keyboards creating the fine finish.

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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.