Review: Magnificent in his vocal eclecticism (the magnitude of his record is astounding) as in his ability to embrace all idioms, gospel, rock, jazz, folk or bossa, he confirms above all the fluidity and correctness of a poetic pen that knows how to paint life with accuracy. Heart touching.
On his latest album, Badass and Blind, he enlisted the help of renowned jazz musicians such as Gerald Clayton and Nicholas Payton. On this return visit to WFUV, it was enough to have Raul and his trusty guitar, as he talked eloquently about some of his musical heroes, including Sting and Al Jarreau, and performed a couple of songs from the album.
The least that can be said is that the American one man-orchestra Raul Midon really likes to play the guitar with an obvious dexterity and a technique equally singular in spite of its blindness (hence the name of this album!)
Atlanta Concerts this week: Bryan Ferry, Raul Midón
The eclectic singer-songwriter-guitarist has worked with everyone from Stevie Wonder to Queen Latifah to Jason Mraz and released eight albums, including 2014’s “Don’t Hesitate,” which features appearances from Dianne Reeves and bass legend Marcus Miller. Midón, a New Mexico native blind since birth, is celebrating the release of his ninth album, “Bad Ass and Blind,” with this Atlanta show, though the new record will arrive on March 24.
Raul Midon, as the title of his latest CD makes unmistakably clear, is very much comfortable in his own skin. He is both a bad ass multi-instrumentalist, a great songwriter, a power packed singer who can range from baritone to falsetto with ease, and a vocal simulator whose impersonation of a trumpet is so exact that I’ve heard him perform it on projects that feature top flight trumpeters and I was hard pressed to distinguish between the two.
Raul Midón Announces Ninth Album, ‘Bad Ass and Blind’, Shares Tour Dates
Singer/Songwriter/Multi-instrumentalist Raul Midón has been creatively shattering boundaries in the Jazz and Pop worlds for the last decade. His soulful and funky artistry goes way beyond any notion of genre – it is musicianship, charisma, timing, songwriting and personality that unmistakably solidify the context of his songs. His music commands listeners with open minds, open ears and open hearts.
You know how you react when you see a magician do an incredible trick, right in front of your eyes? You stand there, with your jaw dropped, looking absolutely in awe at him or her, wondering what just happened? Wondering how in the world did they do that? If you ever see incredible vocalist, songwriter and amazing guitarist, Raul Midon, that’s how you’ll feel.
...Earlier in the evening, the multi-talented, visually challenged singer Raul Midon enthralled fans with his one-man band show. The guitarist-singer-percussionist who turns a guitar into an orchestra, and his voice into a trumpet, won the' heart of fans with an amazing show.
Dubai Jazz Festival 2017: Opening act Raul Midon will stir festival-goers
The title of Raúl Midon's upcoming album reads like a mission statement, and Bad Ass and Blind is a refrain the soul-funk singer-songwriter repeatedly asserts on the opening title track.
It's all just music to genre-defying jazz singer Diane Reeves
To understand the genius of Diane Reeves, you need only listen to the track Tango from her latest album Beautiful Life.
The 10th tune on her 2014 Concord release showcases her incredible scat skills juxtaposed against guitarist Raul Midon‘s tasty acoustic grooves. While the killer backing band gets its most seductive Latin vamp locked in, Reeves manages to incorporate everything from gospel-tinged hollers to yodelling, operatic flights and the occasional gutsy growl.
Singer-songwriter and guitarist Raul Midon joined 3AW's Denis Walter in-studio with his new album 'Bass Ass & Blind'.
Starting out as a back-up singer for artists including Shakira, Julio Iglesias, Jennifer Lopez and Christina Aguilera, Midon has since carved out his own unique sound blending elements of flamenco, jazz and R&B.