Wednesday, March 29, 8:00 p.m.
Midón’s upcoming album Bad Ass and Blind (March 2017) – the title a description of its maker that soul icon Bill Withers endorsed – finds the artist expanding his range compositionally, tapping into the linear modal harmony explored by such jazz composers as Miles Davis and Wayne Shorter. In early 2016, the guitarist was invited to cross the US as a featured artist in the Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour company that also included the likes of jazz stars Nicholas Payton, Ravi Coltrane and Gerald Clayton. The tour culminated in a weeklong run at New York City’s Birdland. It was an acclaimed live collaboration, with JazzTimes remarking on how Midón became “the undeniable focus” whenever he came onstage and praising his “acrobatic… note-perfect” performances, as well as the “new, swinging Wings of Mind.” Inspired by his encounters with top jazz improvisers, Midón tapped some of the Monterey players to form a band for several tracks on Bad Ass and Blind, including All That I Am, If Only and Wings of Mind, each complete with scintillating solos. “It was the realization of a dream to have my music performed by players of this caliber – they really took the tunes to a higher plane, adding their own art to the songs,” says Midón, who produced the album himself.
Reflecting on the exploratory grasp of past and present represented by Bad Ass and Blind, Midón says: “Like with all my records, this album is for those who are interested in going beyond notions of genre – it’s for listeners with open ears, open minds, and open hearts.”
“(He’s a) one-man band who turns a guitar into an orchestra and his voice into a chorus” – The New York Times
“Raul Midon is a great artist.” – Robert E. Simon
Read People Music magazine's article here.