West coast jazz artist Kenney Polson is preparing the March release of his new album "Colors Of Brazil." Polson has traveled the world, visiting 50 different countries and looks to bring the flavor of South America to his music with these ten newly recorded tracks. Kenney Polson was one of the few artists to perform some shows in 2020 before the world travel ban was put in place due to the pandemic. The lockdown allowed Kenney to focus on recording this new album, which kicks off with "Aquarela do Brazil," with his sax leading the way. The album is mostly made up of covers, with the lone original song "Hipnotizado" delivering a modern, smooth jazz feel with a Latin rhythm to dance to. Kenney Polson and his band inject a shot energy into the samba makeover of Duke Ellington's "Caravan" and will certainly get your hips moving with the Latin flair of "Leva e Traz." He wraps up his new album with the graceful touch of "Bicycle Ride" and the relaxing sounds of "Luz do Sol." To find out more about Kenney Polson and his latest release "Colors Of Brazil," please visit kenneypolson.com.
Accomplished musician Kane Mathis had taken on the task of learning to perform new music with the 21-string Mandinka Harp (a traditional West African instrument) and the Turkish Oud (which is a short-necked lude, pear-shaped instrument). After studying these instruments for over two decades, he has now brought his learnings to a new album titled "Geminus," which features ten tracks that finds Kane switching between the two instruments. The seven-plus minute opener "Route Des Jardins" flows beautifully through the string notes of the Mandinka Harp, as you a swept away by the melody. Kane then transports you with the Middle Eastern sound of "Kurdi 7 and 9," before returning to the angelic, harp-like instrumental "Kaira." His talents on the Oud shine, as he presents "Etude (For Oud In 3 Sections)," which keeps you glued to his every pluck of the string. Kane Mathis closes out his new album with an swift, energetic run through "Gemini" and the final excursion to other worldly lands with the delivery of "Nikriz Sirto." To find out more about Kane Mathis and his latest release "Geminus," please visit kanemathis.com.