All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

5

Raul Midon: If You Really Want

Chris Mosey By

Sign in to view read count
Raul Midon plays guitar and sings like Paul Simon. Born blind in New Mexico in 1966, The New York Times once called him "a one-man band who turns a guitar into an orchestra and his voice into a chorus." He was going somewhere once upon a time. Now he's back, still going somewhere.

One of his songs is called "Everyone Deserves A Second Chance." Midon probably does. He sings well, he plays well and he writes good songs. Good enough? That is the question. Let's leave it unresolved.

Midon always liked to hedge his bets, frequently switching to Latino. He plays here with a Dutch ensemble, The Metropole Orkest, conducted by Vince Mendoza. They play Latino. So Midon breaks into Spanish now and then.

Elsewhere he daydreams: You bring a bottle of sunshine, I'll bring a bottle of rain. If we can mix them up just right, we'll catch a ride on a rainbow.

In "God's Dream" Midon gets serious, singing in his doleful tenor, Imagine yourself Upon a star in a dream. In the dream you are everything. And he goes on to describe how God would experience mankind's world: So you decide to walk upon the earth, to be among the ones you've made. You dress up like a circus clown just to march in their parade. The wilful bliss of ignorance Is everywhere displayed.

But in the closer, "Suddenly," arranged by Mendoza, there are echoes of Lennon and McCarthy as Midon bows out with hope of renewal: Suddenly I see the things I used to see so differently. I feel as if I found a new reality.

Let's hope it lasts long enough to satisfy him. Or will Raul Midon always want just that little bit more?

Track Listing: Ride On A Rainbow; God's Dream; If You Really Want; All Love Is Blind; Sunshine (I Can Fly); Ocean Dreamer; Pick Somebody Up; Everyone Deserves A Second Chance; Sittin' In The Middle; Suddenly.

Personnel: Raul Midon: guitar, vocals; Metropole Orkest conducted by Vince Mendoza.

Title: If You Really Want | Year Released: 2018 | Record Label: Artistry Music

Tags

Related Video

comments powered by Disqus

Related Articles

Read New Hope CD/LP/Track Review
New Hope
by Jack Bowers
Published: September 23, 2018
Read The Nobuki Takamen Trio CD/LP/Track Review
The Nobuki Takamen Trio
by Mark Sullivan
Published: September 23, 2018
Read Light Of Love CD/LP/Track Review
Light Of Love
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: September 23, 2018
Read Heaven Steps To Seven CD/LP/Track Review
Heaven Steps To Seven
by Roger Farbey
Published: September 23, 2018
Read In The Blue Light CD/LP/Track Review
In The Blue Light
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: September 23, 2018
Read Dreams And Other Stories CD/LP/Track Review
Dreams And Other Stories
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: September 22, 2018
Read "Gledalec" CD/LP/Track Review Gledalec
by John Sharpe
Published: October 19, 2017
Read "Humanities" CD/LP/Track Review Humanities
by David A. Orthmann
Published: April 21, 2018
Read "Live In Healdsburg" CD/LP/Track Review Live In Healdsburg
by Doug Collette
Published: July 3, 2018
Read "Threes" CD/LP/Track Review Threes
by Glenn Astarita
Published: November 24, 2017
Read "The Nobuki Takamen Trio" CD/LP/Track Review The Nobuki Takamen Trio
by Mark Sullivan
Published: September 23, 2018
Read "Elvesang" CD/LP/Track Review Elvesang
by John Kelman
Published: February 17, 2018