Opening the iTunes Store.If iTunes doesn’t open, click the iTunes icon in your Dock or on your Windows desktop.Progress Indicator
Opening the iBooks Store.If iBooks doesn't open, click the iBooks app in your Dock.Progress Indicator

iTunes is the world's easiest way to organize and add to your digital media collection.

We are unable to find iTunes on your computer. To preview and buy music from Island Life by Ken Navarro, download iTunes now.

Do you already have iTunes? Click I Have iTunes to open it now.

I Have iTunes Free Download
iTunes for Mac + PC

Island Life

Open iTunes to preview, buy and download music.

Album Review

While some artists prefer to keep us transfixed on what wild excursion they might try next, there's a cool charm with others like Ken Navarro, who pretty much delights each time out with a similar happy-go-lucky attitude and melodies whose beauty compensates for any lack of new direction. The title track to Island Life pretty much captures the overall mood of the sunny collection — easy shuffle hip-hop groove and a high toned acoustic sweetness blended with Rob Holmes' simmering tenor. While Navarro rarely varies from his pattern of mixing midtempo ballads, punchy fiestas, and graceful ballads, he'll throw in a few unique production twists from time to time. "Pulse Point" begins with a bouncy Gary Grainger bass bed mixed with a splashy rhythm guitar line and spacey, wandering synth line before the more conventional melody kicks in. Those patient with Navarro's set will be rewarded at the end with the 13 minute multi-movement "Try Again," no doubt an outtake from the Live in Orlando date in 1998 and a showcase for the guitarist's skill with acoustic vibrato and electric improvisation.


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 his...
Full bio
Island Life, Ken Navarro
View in iTunes

Customer Ratings

We have not received enough ratings to display an average for this album.