Title - 'Color and Passion'
Artist - Blake Aaron
For those unaware, right out of the gate with two #1 Billboard singles and one #1 single on the Radiowave / Groove Jazz charts for the entire year 2019, the soon-to-be released Color and Passion (September 18th, 2020, via Innervision Records) is already feeling like a greatest hits CD for Blake Aaron.
While many fans know him from his years of hosting the popular syndicated The Blake Aaron Radio Show with Tina Anderson, since the early 2000s, he’s also become one of the genre’s most inventive, adventurous and stylistically eclectic guitarist and artists.
Now a Billboard #1 producer himself as well as artist with his self-produced, silky-smooth Fall for You, Aaron also teams up with hit producers Darren Rahn with the #1 Billboard single, 'Groovers and Shakers', the #1 for all of 2019 Radiowave single, 'Drive', and with Adam Hawley for the upcoming single, 'Sunday Strut'.
1. 'Fall for You'
2. 'Groovers and Shakers' (feat. Darren Rahn)
3. 'Sunday Strut' (Feat. Najee)
6. 'Color and Passion'
8. 'Riviera Nights'
9. 'Godfather Brown'
10. 'Weekend in Paradise'
11. 'Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing' (feat. Kim Scott)
Heading full-throttle into his second decade as a recording artist, the multifaceted guitarist, composer, producer and media personality opens up this brand new album with the summer driving, windows down, sun shining catchiness of 'Fall for You' and then backs that up seamlessly with the free-flowing magnificence of 'Groovers and Shakers' (featuring Darren Rahn, although you would swear George Benson was in the mix too), and the funky, brass-enhanced 'Sunday Strut' (featuring Najee).
Next up is the light and breezy 'Drive' and the infectious, foot-tappin' vibe of 'Vivid,' which are in turn followed by the beautiful balladry (enhanced by his nylon string guitar) of the title track, 'Color and Passion' and the delightfully playful, Soca-inspired 'Daylight.'
My own personal favorite here on this quite vibrantly orchestrated new album is up next in the form of the feisty Latin hipsway of 'Riviera Nights,' which is backed by a downright funky tribute to the great JB on 'Godfather Brown,' with this soulful fusion of sounds and styles rounding out with the reggae-tinged appeal of 'Weekend in Paradise,' closing on a barnstorming take of Stevie Wonder’s 1973 hit 'Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing' (feat. Kim Scott).
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