Highly attractive atmospheric jazz Kenny Kotwitz and the LA Jazz Quintet – WHEN LIGHTS ARE LOW: I’ll tell you right now, you won’t find a sweeter accordion jazz album anywhere than Kenny’s latest release… very highly attractive atmospheric jazz featuring Kenny’s accordion and celeste, guitar from John Chiodini, Nick Mancini on vibraphone, Chuck Berghofer playing upright bass and Kendall Kay on drums and percussion… though I didn’t see any performances from the new album (to be released on 1 August, 2020), you may want to SUBSCRIBE to Kenny’s topic channel on YouTube, where you’ll see several videos.
The album is essentially a tribute to the music of Art Van Damme, who Kenny studied under… you’ll find real beauty in tunes like the gentle & laid-back “Skylark”… at 5:08, it’s a perfect match for late-night jazz DJ playlists, and I expect you’ll be hearing them play this song a lot; Nick’s vibraphone adds a lot to the tune as well!
If your ears are looking for something with a taste of the blues, you’ll fall in love with the group’s performance of “Mood Indigo” right away… be sure to listen to this one with your headphones on, so you can catch every sweet note & nuance.
It was clear to me as soon as the opener & title track began spinning that it would be my choice for personal favorite… “When Lights Are Low” puts you in a superbly romantic and lighthearted mood that will stay for the long term… you’ll be hitting “replay” on this one often.
I give Kenny and his players a HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 4.97 for this fine sonic adventure. Get more information on Kenny’s FaceBook page. Rotcod Zzaj
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