While many veteran artists with nine previous albums under their belts have already said it all, Doc Powell is full of exciting and unexpected turns amidst the soulful mix of straight-to-the-heart melodies, deep-pocket modern grooves, shades of retro R&B and compelling rock and jazz edges. He works once again with longtime friend and Heads Up labelmate, keyboardist Bobby Lyle, as well as Grammy nominated saxophonist Kirk Whalum. Whalum has played on four previous Powell albums, including Laid Back (1996), whose track `Sunday Morning' made smooth jazz history by becoming the first song to surpass 1,000 radio spins a week. In addition, Powell's new album marks his first occasion to play with contemporary jazz keyboardist Brian Culbertson.
From the Artist
Once we started working on "Let Go," and "Together We Can," I realized that I had a handful of others that would be perfect for both classical and electric guitar. I almost wanted to call the album "Duets" because I show two sides of myself in a single recording. Calling it Doc Powell was just a way to convey the idea that, even with an entirely new guitar sound, this album is still very much who I am. ItÂs another voice that opens up the music quite a bit and adds incredible dimension. It strikes a special chord in the ear, in the mind, and even in the heart and soul. On ÂTogether We Can,Â IÂm playing octaves on the electric guitar in a Wes Montgomery style, and the classical guitar is playing the same thing but with a different tone. I really like the way the two instruments sound together.