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Robinson, James



Year: 2005
Format: CD
Label: Favored Nations Acoustic
Genre: [Acoustic Guitar-oriented Instrumental/Flamenco/Jazz/Fusion]
Overall Rating: 9.0
Music: 9.0
Production: 9.0

I can't believe that I haven't heard of James Robinson before. He has released three albums independently, Colours being the third (released in 2003). After hearing Robinson's music, Steve Vai didn't have to ponder whether to sign him or not. It's quite easy to endorse Vai's opinion of Robinson: "He's phenomenal!". Since this album is so extraordinary, Favored Nations re-releases it (and hopefully it will get all the recognition it deserves).

The music on Colours varies from Latin and Brazilian to Middle Eastern rhythms and tonalities. With the cultural diversity found in the San Fransico Bay Area (where Robinson grew up), it's quite clear that James Robinson's music is strongly influenced by his surroundings. Robinson's music is mainly a combination of flamenco and jazz with a strong foundation on groovy rhythms, compelling melodies and beautiful harmonies. Colours appeals to fans of Al Di Meola, Paco De Lucia, Allan Holdsworth, Ralph Towner and Larry Carlton, since there's a fair amount of each player's style on it.

Production-wise Colours has been done rather well... The sounds are nicely full and clear without losing atmosphere. The tone of James Robinson's 15-year-old concert classical guitar, Takamine Hirade 9, is really good. Actually the guitar cracked in the middle of recording Colours, but Robinson continued to use the same guitar to finish this album (since it has such a good tone).

I haven't come across too many guitarists that have sense of melody, harmony, rhythm and tone... Robinson has it all, and that is really creditable. Colours is a must-have for every listener of instrumental acoustic guitar music.

Release date: 08.02.2005

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- MAGE (07.02.2005)


Robinson, James: Acoustic Guitars
Alberti, Celso: Drums on Tracks 1, 4, 6, 7 & 10
Eckhardt, Kai: Bass on Tracks 1, 4 & 7
Baldi, Paulo: Hand Percussion on Tracks 1, 2, 3 & 4
Emata, Randy: Piano on Track 4, Synth Bass & Drums on Track 9
Dove, Myron: Bass on Tracks 2 & 3
Brown, Gary: Bass on Tracks 6 & 10
Stevens, Gordon: Bass on Track 5
Yarritu, Daniel: 1st Breakdown Guitar Solo on Track 9
Producer: Robinson, John
Mixing by: Robinson, John; Saltzman, Jeff & Emata, Randy
Mastering by: Unavailable
Robinson, James - Colours  CD  Cover Image
01. Tales of Change
02. Days Have Passed
03. Wave Upon Wave
04. Peace of Spirit
05. Argentina
06. Six Giant Steps to Seven
07. God's Grace
08. Look to the Skies
09. Younger Moon
10. Colours of Awakening
11. It's a Simple Game
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