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US Review: KIMIA PENTON “WHERE THE RAIN FALLS”

11 Dec

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Kimia Penton

Where the Rain Falls

Review by Gary Hill
I’m not so sure that the cover image of this set does it justice. The violin as the focus of the cover gives two impression. The first is that the violin will be the central feature of the set. The second is that this will be some kind of heavily classical music based record. Neither of those things are true. Sure, Kimia Penton plays violin, but it’s not the central feature of any of this music. Her voice is the real selling factor here. The music leans toward pop music with elements of things ranging from jazz to country, folk and even progressive rock at times. All in all, this is a set that lives and dies with Penton’s vocals. Fortunately she’s an exceptional singer and makes this work like a charm. The only complaint is that this is roughly 25 minutes long. I’d love to hear more from this artist.

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Track by Track Review
Not Goodbye
Intricate guitar serves as the backdrop for this balladic number. The vocals are evocative and quite pretty. After the first verse the cut shifts to a movement that has some definite jazz-like qualities to it. It turns more toward a pop rock sound from there as it works onward. After the minute and a half mark it gets even more “oomph” added to the arrangement.
Show Me Love
This comes in quite jazzy and reminds me of Sade quite a bit. Penton’s violin adds some intriguing textures to this piece. The vocals have a bit of a soulful vibe, but the music is packed full of magical musical elements.
Where the Rain Falls
There is a bit of a down-home, country music element on display here. The cut isn’t far removed from the previous two overall, though.  There is some cool violin work in the instrumental segment later in the track. That movement has some definite fusion built into it. The whole cut gets some of that in the mix as it continues to evolve from there and works back to the vocal section.
Stepping Stones
Piano and vocals make up the concept on this balladic piece. That format really allows Penton’s beautiful voice to really shine. She is a wizard in terms of her singing skills. If you want proof of that, look no further than this track. It’s an exceptional performance.
First and Last Time
Acoustic guitar and voice starts this. The cut works outward from there after a time, getting reinforced as it continues. Overall this song probably fits under the folk ballad title.
Alive Again
We’re back into jazzier territory here. There is a lot more energy to this number, and it has a cool groove.

 

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THIS FRIDAY: StringShot LIVE at Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, CA – ‘Music to the Ears’ of Latin, Blues, World, and Jazz Lovers

8 Nov

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‘Music to the Ears’ of Latin, Blues, World, and Jazz Lovers
StringShot is Roy Rogers, Badi Assad, and Carlos Reyes 
PREMIER LIVE PERFORMANCE: NOV 9TH at FREIGHT & SALVAGE | BERKELEY, CA
November 6, 2018 (Northern Calif.) – Prepare to be mesmerized. Three years in the making, StringShot IS new music. Don’t miss your chance to see this unique collaboration make their LIVE debut at Freight & Salvage on November 9th. The premier concert from this “tour-de-force” formed by slide guitar master Roy Rogers, Brazilian guitar goddess Badi Assad, and harp/violin virtuoso, Carlos Reyes, takes listeners to an exciting new musical realm. The blend of these artists’ world-renowned art and talent has created a new synthesis of cross-cultural music with Latin roots, Jazz blooms, and Blues undertones, translating beautifully from studio recording to live performance.
I’m always trying to push the envelope, it’s conducive to great music. The Latin and blues conversation has always appealed to me, I love the rhythms and the challenge of a different genre. This is the first time I’ve gotten to explore it outside of a strict blues context, and it’s been wonderful.” – Roy Rogers
 
“Though our styles are totally different, we use them as a way to communicate our hearts out. In the lyrics process, we could feel that we take in life in a similar way, with day-by-day discoveries, with a lot of simplicity coming from the soul, and a love for music with a lot of freedom.” – Badi Assad
 
“When you explore a new combination, it’s exciting, especially when it comes together for all the right reasons, it comes down to the interaction.”– Carlos Reyes
Rogers is an eight-time Grammy nominee, known both as producer and performer for delivering critically acclaimed recordings for John Lee Hooker and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, among others; his career of more than three decades includes collaborations with Ray Manzarek, Bonnie Raitt, Carlos Santana, Linda Ronstadt, Steve Miller, Sammy Hagar.and more. Assad (from Brazil) was ranked by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the world’s great guitarists. Coming from a world-renowned and deeply skilled musical family, Assad took her classical training and put it through the filter of Brazil’s Afro‐Latin heritage, evolving into an effortlessly graceful singer‐songwriter. As a vocalist and percussionist, she is a true innovator, not only in technique but in performance. Reyes, a virtuoso on the Paraguayan stringed harp and the violin, has often taken his instruments into new territory, both as a player and fearless collaborator. Well-known for his supreme virtuosity, classically trained Reyes has performed in many diverse genres of music – in his own band, symphonies, and as a featured performer with artists such as Steve Miller and Arturo Sandoval.
Check Out:
-AUDIO Co-written by Rogers and Assad, “Wounds of Sight” and “Back Along the Way” highlight the trio’s exceptional gifts in musical arrangement.
Each of the ten tracks from StringShot’s August 2018 release offers a new way to experience these renowned artists. As one whole part – audiences looking for their new favorite soundtrack will have a dynamic jazz, r & b, Latin vibe album choice. Rogers, Assad, and Reyes share a passionate devotion to their music and instruments that is reflected in wildly creative and successful careers that cross boundaries and defy borders. In November, audiences will become fans. A StringShot sound is born.
‘Music to the Ears’ of Latin, Blues, World, and Jazz Lovers, StringShot is Roy Rogers, Badi Assad, and Carlos Reyes , PREMIER LIVE PERFORMANCE: NOV 9TH at FREIGHT & SALVAGE | BERKELEY, CA
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US Review: KIMIA PENTON “WHERE THE RAIN FALLS”

4 Nov

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US Review: KIMIA PENTON “WHERE THE RAIN FALLS”

9 Oct

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Kimia Penton: “Where The Rain Falls” (2018) CD Review

Kimia Penton is a vocalist, violinist and songwriter who creates a potent and gorgeous mix of pop, folk and jazz music on her new EP, Where The Rain Falls, a CD that features all original music. Joining her on this release are Kelyn Crapp on guitar and piano, Mike Luzecky on bass, Matt Young on drums, and Jordan Gheen on keys. This is a disc that had me fully in its grip by its third track, a disc that I enjoy more and more each time I listen to it. It follows her 2015 release, Lessons From Life And Love.

The CD opens with “Not Goodbye,” which has a gentle folk vibe at the beginning. “I think it’s funny that I’m here again/Going over lessons learned/I thought that I had moved on/I thought that I could start again.”  It begins with an introspective bent, and then as she turns more outward, the music shifts to bring in the other person. I love how the music changes as this change occurs within her. “I’m not letting you go/I’m letting you know/I’m here to stay.” That’s followed by “Show Me Love,” which has a kind of jazzy vibe, and features some absolutely wonderful work on violin. I also like the bass line to this nighttime tune. “I’m sick of all the back and forth/I’m tired of all the closing doors/Show me love, love tonight.”

The first time I listened to this disc, the song that really impressed and excited me was “Where The Rain Falls,” the title track. It’s an incredibly effective and captivating song, featuring a beautiful and uplifting vocal performance. “But don’t be afraid/Nothing has to stay the same.” There is some wonderful work on violin too, as well as some nice stuff on percussion. It is a sweet and reassuring song. “Where the rain falls, that’s where life grows.” Then “Stepping Stones” begins sweetly with some pretty work on piano. This is an excellent and emotionally engaging song. Kimia’s voice is the focus here, and it rises to some wonderful heights. There are many great lines and phrases, such as “a different time with different pains” and “The road I traveled didn’t always make sense” and “If the noise in the world drowns out the voice in my head.” “First And Last Time” is a beautiful love song, this one with a folk sound. “You’re too good to be true/But I’m trusting in you/I’m ready to say yes/I’m ready to say yes for the first and last time.” The disc then concludes with “Alive Again,” which has a livelier sound right from the start, a bright and cheerful vibe, and some good work on guitar. “I’m alive again/My heart is beating.”

CD Track List

  1. Not Goodbye
  2. Show Me Love
  3. Where The Rain Falls
  4. Stepping Stones
  5. First And Last Time
  6. Alive Again

Where The Rain Falls is scheduled to be released on CD on September 14, 2018.

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Canada Review: KIMIA PENTION “WHERE THE RAIN FALLS”

2 Oct

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US Review: KIMIA PENTON “WHERE THE RAIN FALLS”

27 Sep

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Big Blend Radio Interview: KIMIA PENTON with her new release WHERE THE RAIN FALLS

26 Sep

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