Jazz/R&B Spotlight: Guitarist & Vocalist Raul Midón

Raul Midon

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Raul Midón‘s pointedly titled current album Don’t Hesitate (Mack Ave/Artistry Records) demonstrates why, a dozen years and eight albums into a recording career that’s won him massive critical acclaim and a passionately devoted international fan base, he remains one of his era’s most distinctive and beloved recording artists.

A smoothly expressive singer, an emotionally insightful songwriter and an exciting, innovative acoustic guitarist, Midón maintains an expansive musical vision that’s led People magazine to call him “an eclectic adventurist” and Huffington Post to dub him “a free man beyond category… he plays with such
freedom and joy that his hands smile.” The New York Times described him as “a one-man band who turns a guitar into an orchestra and his voice into a chorus.” Billboard called him, simply and aptly, “a virtuoso.”

The forward-thinking, habitually restless Midón continues to take on new creative challenges on Don’t Hesitate. The 14-song album finds his infectious, personally-charged songcraft as sharp and soulful as ever, manifesting an organic blend of R&B, jazz and Latin elements that accentuate the lyrical and melodic resonance of such memorable new tunes as “Libertad,” “Was It Ever Really Love,” “God’s Dream” and the rousing title track, as well as an inventive reboot of The Who’s classic-rock standard “I Can See for Miles.”

Don’t Hesitate is a musical and personal milestone for Midón, who took control of every aspect of the album’s recording process, despite being blind since birth. The artist cut all of the tracks in his home studio, playing most of the instruments himself and handling all of the project’s technical elements on his own, utilizing special computer software that enabled him to engineer the sessions.

Midón is performing in Los Angeles at the Ann & Jerry Moss Theater on Friday, Sept. 2, presented by the Jazz Bakery. He is also recording songs for a new album to be released in the spring of 2017 through Mack Ave. Records.

To purchase tickets visit…http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/jb/2590345

Also, check out Midón’s version of John Coltrane’s Giant Steps