people have significantly influenced the musical life of British
guitarist Mark Jaimes. One was the lead singer of the group Simply Red
Mick Hucknal, with whom he toured for several years as a guitarist and
also recorded various records. The second was the legendary producer,
songwriter and musician Rod Temperton, with whom he had made first
contacts before the latter prematurely departed from artistic life.
He met a variety of smooth jazz musicians as the house guitarist at
Pizza Express, whose respective performances he ably supported. It was
radio DJ and promoter Jimi King who motivated him to finally start a
solo career. It was the Corona crisis that ultimately gave him the
time to realize this project at last.
Hear At Last will be released this month. Mark has written
most of the tracks, one with Oli Silk and two with Danny Saxon. The
album also contains a cover of a famous Rod Temperton track. Mark
performs on the album guitar, bass and programming. Further musicians
are Danny Saxon (keyboards, backing vocals, programming), Oli Silk
(keyboards), Westley Joseph and Oscar Seaton (drums), Dwayne "Smitty"
Smith (bass) and Patti Austin (vocals).
What could be more appropriate than to invite
keyboardist and labelmate Oli Silk, with whom Mark has collaborated on
numerous shows at Pizza Express, to join the starter, Evenin'.
The piece comes with a lot of pep and shows the world class of this
formation. Peak Too Soon is the second piece of this fruitful
collaboration. With an unbelievable flow this track deserves your
constant attention. With ABC, Mark brings his own note-based
6 After 8 has an epic sonic depth which
illustrates the compositional power that Mark reveals in his pieces.
The funky Heads Up features the agile Rick Braun on trumpet on an
amazing accessible and rhythmically streamed tune. Jaimes' cover of
Rod Temperton's Midnight Rendezvous impresses with a strong
and memorable George Benson flavor and some of Rod's incredible
stardust visibly falls on Mark's guitar playing as well.
matter-of-factly titled We'll See captivates with the special
feature of Mark playing with star guitarist Peter White. Both
guitarists sound like identical twins. Sidetracked banges out
with fluent, precise guitar riffs just masterful.
Last serves another brilliant and stellar guitar play. Swiss born
Miel de Botton is a singer Mark works with since several years. He has
dedicated and written Miel's Song to her. A mellow tune with
a romantic attitude. Final piece is Trigger Happy which
confirms the overall positive impression.
Mark Jaimes' debut
album Hear At Last is packed with great tunes and not only
for DJs a must-have and real treat.
1) Evenin' (4:04)
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Title: Hear At Last
Artist: Mark Jaimes
Genre: Smooth Jazz
Label: Trippin 'N' Rhythm Records
2) Peak Too Soon (4:09)
3) ABC (3:34)
4) 6 After 8 (3:54)
5) Heads Up (3:53)
6) Midnight Rendezvous (4:11)
8) Sidetracked (3:56)
9) Hear At Last (3:56)
10) Miel's Song (3:43)
11) Trigger Happy (3:56)