When Bassist/Songwriter Robin James decided to record his own stylistic variety of music, he used the Steely Dan method: acquiring 17 of the best musicians suited for the 13 songs on his new solo CD, HAVEN. It is truly an International Project, with artists from Europe and the United States playing many different forms of Jazz. It's jazzy, it's mellow, it's funky, and it grooves. Alexis Van Eeckhout, from Belgium, brings his "Jazz Fresh" style with sensuous Saxophone on the hypnotic "On The Go," which includes Jeff Horstman's elegant piano. Guitar Legend Jay Jesse Johnson, out of Connecticut, brings the energy for the driving, Latin flavored, "Inside V4." Corrado Rossi, from Italy, shows a piano vocabulary with no boundaries on the Caribbean number, "Rincon," as well as the carefree "A Dull Day." The latter number also features the intimate vocals of Sara Dishman. Local Guitarist Brent Murphy, who contributed 2 of the 'truest Jazz compositions' on the CD, excels with a sublime melody on "Cool Cat," one of Robin's smooth numbers. "I enjoy the challenge of combining chords that a soloist will find intriguing, yet will allow them to create a memorable melody," says Robin. "Music has been the one constant throughout my life. It has truly been my HAVEN."
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