A FRESH PEN…The James Kob Experience: So Right

James Kob wrote both the music and lyrics for this album of fresh and vibrant material. He doesn’t sing; he leaves that to Danielle Field and Maria Schafer as they take turns in front of an expanding and contracting band which includes Mark Haley/dr, Dan Hall/b, Bobby Cruz/p with Kob himself bringing in the acoustic guitar. Tripp Sprague’s  breathy tenor sax teams with warm strings for Schafer’s upbeat voice on “Because of You” and she is winsome with percussion and Sprague’s soprano on “So Right.” There’s a pastoral beauty on “When We Dream” while some folksy pedal steel guitar by Rick Schmidt gives an indie Nashville feel for Schafer on “You Belong To Me” and Field on “Special Someone.” A gloriously melancholy “Get Myself Together” is present with and without lyrics, with Gil Castellanos’ laconic flugelhorn winning out. Rich thoughts and themes here.


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