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Island Life

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
While some artists prefer to keep us transfixed on what wild excursion they might try next, there's a cool charm with others like Ken Navarro, who pretty much delights each time out with a similar happy-go-lucky attitude and melodies whose beauty compensates for any lack of new direction. The title track to Island Life pretty much captures the overall mood of the sunny collection -- easy shuffle hip-hop groove and a high toned acoustic sweetness blended with Rob Holmes' simmering tenor. While Navarro rarely varies from his pattern of mixing midtempo ballads, punchy fiestas, and graceful ballads, he'll throw in a few unique production twists from time to time. "Pulse ...
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CD Very good in very good packaging. AUTOGRAPHED & INSCRIBED BY KEN NAVARRO ON THE INSIDE OF THE COVER ART (BOOKLET). It states: "To Sandy, Ken Navarro." His autograph has a ... slight smeared spot. The CD & jewel case is in very good condition. Read more Show Less

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
While some artists prefer to keep us transfixed on what wild excursion they might try next, there's a cool charm with others like Ken Navarro, who pretty much delights each time out with a similar happy-go-lucky attitude and melodies whose beauty compensates for any lack of new direction. The title track to Island Life pretty much captures the overall mood of the sunny collection -- easy shuffle hip-hop groove and a high toned acoustic sweetness blended with Rob Holmes' simmering tenor. While Navarro rarely varies from his pattern of mixing midtempo ballads, punchy fiestas, and graceful ballads, he'll throw in a few unique production twists from time to time. "Pulse Point" begins with a bouncy Gary Grainger bass bed mixed with a splashy rhythm guitar line and spacey, wandering synth line before the more conventional melody kicks in. Those patient with Navarro's set will be rewarded at the end with the 13 minute multi-movement "Try Again," no doubt an outtake from the Live in Orlando date in 1998 and a showcase for the guitarist's skill with acoustic vibrato and electric improvisation.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/11/2000
  • Label: Positive Music
  • UPC: 718257778923
  • Catalog Number: 77789

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Wake up Call (4:32)
  2. 2 Island Life (4:48)
  3. 3 Pluse Point (4:43)
  4. 4 A Part of It All (5:10)
  5. 5 Sweet Mercy (4:38)
  6. 6 Souvenir (4:03)
  7. 7 A World of Our Own (5:06)
  8. 8 Delicioso (4:40)
  9. 9 Heaven & Earth (6:51)
  10. 10 Try Again (12:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ken Navarro Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards
Gary Grainger Electric Bass
Jay Rowe Keyboards
Rob Holmes Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Andre Webb Drums
Kevin Prince Percussion
Technical Credits
Ken Navarro Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Don't forget about Blues

    Andrea Blues Webb playes drums on Ken Nevarro's Latest release Island Life. Blues mixes Jazz, Hip hopp, and Melodic Blues rythems to create a Euphoric Feel. Check out Track 4 and Track Ten. Blues will take you on a roller coaster ride with his amazing feel for the music conveyed through his unique touch and feel for the instrument..

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