Chicago's best dressed jazz guitarist Nick Colionne
released his first albums
It's My Turn (1994), Arrival (1996) and The Seduction
(1999) on the Lake Shore Jazz label followed by Just Come On In
(2003), Keepin' It Cool (2006), and No Limits
(2008). Feel The Heat (2011) and Influences (2014)
are released on Trippin &
Rhythm. Now he is back with The Journey (2016) on the same
Among the big names on this album are saxophonists Najee and Darren Rahn, keyboardist/producer Chris “Big Dog” Davis, keyboardists
Nicholas Cole and James Lloyd.
The album starts in full swing with the title song.
Nick brings his Epiphone The Broadway in the forefront and raises a
cool melody even with some improvisation on top. Buckle Up
shines with a great horn section and outstanding sax and the rhythm
is a funky addition. Nick gets from the horn players the tendency to
tell a story like a vocalist and that makes his songs so full of
Say What's On Your Mind is one of the
songs, where Nick can play big chords, which he loves to play on his
Elitist Broadway and the rest like strings, vocal sounds and rhythm
are just stylish decoration. I must admit, I am a percussion
addicted writer. Uncle Nick's groove taps deep feelings and
has struck my musical nerve.
Morning Call of the gentle way with
top notch guitar riffs and supreme flute is the
best method to start the day. On Just Another Slow Jam
Nicks expands his view on the R&B side with
nice vocal and piano inputs. On The Move has a strong Going
Forward. Thanks God Joint Is
Poppin' isn't interpret in an orthopedic
sense. This tune brings a big dose of happiness and the title
shouldn't be misunderstood.
East Evergreen Revisted remains modest and unremarkable,
not intent on action, but more into much depth. The final tune is
aptly titled Closer. So stop for the nightcap at one of the
city's lively jazz club. And when that "one for the road" has been
downed, you will still remember Nick's music.
The Journey is the latest landmark in Nick
career. With ten tracks in his music case he demands attention for
one of the best smooth jazz guitarists of our generation.