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Album Review

While the Grant Geissmans and Peter Whites of the pop jazz world got all the raves in the early '90s, Ken Navarro was slowly building a similarly attractive catalog based on the same melodic acoustic guitar spirit. His gem filled After Dark is compositionally in the pocket, and Navarro's lively playing makes for an energizing listen. Fortunately, Navarro can do more than just please the fan of light sounds — his brief excursions into edgy electric fusion and bop-oriented stylings made me wish for more adventure. A misguided vocal aside, Navarro with this effort filled yet another niche in the crowded acoustic side of the genre. Amazingly, the same basic style kept Navarro chugging along as one of the most consistently popular performers throughout the '90s and beyond.

Biography

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Contemporary jazz guitarist Ken Navarro was born June 9, 1953, in Lafayette, IN; he began his career as a Los Angeles session player, working on projects headlined by everyone from Doc Severinsen to Nell Carter to Dave Koz. He made his solo debut in 1990 with The River Flows, issued on his own Positive Music imprint; the follow-up, After Dark, earned a Grammy nomination. Subsequent efforts include 1994's Pride & Joy, 1996's Christmas Cheer, 1998's Ablaze in Orlando, and 2000's Island Life. For...
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