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Ken Navarro: The Meeting Place

Read "The Meeting Place" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

If George Benson, Al DiMeola, Earl Klugh and Ken Navarro all walked in for an audition, Navarro would be the first one eliminated from the competition.That's not meant as a put-down. There's nothing wrong with the way Ken Navarro plays. He is actually quite accomplished and on The Meeting Place never fails for a moment to deliver a polished presentation. But technical proficiency is not the same thing as being a visionary. What holds Navarro back from top-tier ...

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Ken Navarro: In My Wildest Dreams

Read "In My Wildest Dreams" reviewed by Dave Hughes

Ken Navarro returns with his annual batch of sunny, happy-go-lucky smooth jazz - his eleventh offering on his own Positive Music label. The tunes, all penned by Navarro, all feature catchy, easily accessible, and unfailingly optimistic melodies. Herein lies what is perhaps the disc's primary weakness - it all rides comfortably in the same mid-tempo stylistic groove throughout the entire program. What's more, it bears remarkable similarity to most of the rest of Navarro's catalog as well.

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Ken Navarro: Smooth Sensation

Read "Smooth Sensation" reviewed by Dave Hughes

Guitarist Ken Navarro's latest CD, Smooth Sensation , is aptly titled; it's silky-smooth, breezy, and relaxing music with just enough heartfelt feeling and energy to keep it interesting. Navarro's musical style, as well as his crystal-clear tone quality, are similar to that of Earl Klugh. He specializes in likable melodies and sonic textures, and manages to stay creative and not clone-ish. His playing, and that of his band, is spirited and tasteful yet stays within the comfortable boundaries of contemporary ...


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