|Lawson Rollins — Full Circle (2013)|
Lawson Rollins — Full Circle
Location: San Francisco, California
Album release: July 16, 2013
Record Label: Infinita Records
01.) Momentum (3:48)
02.) Point of Attraction (4:04)
03.) Pursuit (3:35)
04.) Flight (3:26)
05.) Horizon (4:51)
06.) Bloom (4:24)
07.) Full Circle (3:41)
08.) Serpent's Tale (4:23)
09.) The Offering (4:45)
10.) Gone From Here (8:50)
11.) Shifting Seasons (6:28)
12.) Promise (3:48)
— Lawson Rollins (guitars)
— Camardella (keyboards, piano)
— Grammy-winning violinist Charlie Bisharat
— bassist Randy Tico
— percussionist Dave Bryant
— saxophonist/flutist Richard Hardy
↑↓ "After the global musical travels of his recent albums that explored the outer reaches of world music fusion, guitarist and composer Lawson Rollins comes Full Circle on his latest release with 12 tightly focused tracks that feature his distinctive guitar work front-and-center, accented by a backdrop of world beat rhythms and intimate ensemble instrumentation. The album is Lawson's 4th collaboration in a row with multi-platinum producer Dominic Camardella (Ottmar Liebert, Flora Purim, 3rd Force), Grammy-winning violinist Charlie Bisharat (Shadowfax), versatile bassist Randy Tico (Strunz & Farah, Airto, Benise, Jeff Bridges, Jake Shimabukuro), percussionist Dave Bryant (Ottmar Liebert + Luna Negra, Baba Olatunji) and saxophonist/flutist Richard Hardy (Dave Matthews Band). Lawson has received worldwide attention through his critically-acclaimed solo albums, Billboard top 30 jazz radio hits, eclectic collaborations with Grammy Award-winning artists from around the globe, and sensational performance videos which have been seen by millions of broadcast television and Internet viewers to date, including over 7.5 million views alone on YouTube. Lawson's genre-defying sound has earned him rave reviews: Guitar Player Magazine states, ''He possesses ungodly classical chops, with dazzling speed, uncanny accuracy, and a beautifully delicate touch."
↑↓ Guitarist and composer Lawson Rollins has received worldwide attention through his critically-acclaimed solo albums, widespread Billboard top 30 radio airplay, eclectic collaborations with Grammy Award winning artists from around the globe, and sensational performance videos which have been seen by millions of broadcast television and internet viewers to date, including nearly 8 million alone on YouTube.
Lawson's genre-defying sound on the guitar has earned him rave reviews in the media: Guitar Player Magazine states, "He possesses ungodly classical chops, with dazzling speed, uncanny accuracy, and a beautifully delicate touch," while MusicWeb describes Lawson as "one of the most accomplished and creative World Fusion guitarists on the planet today."
↑↓ Having traversed the world in search of intriguing sounds from virtually every corner of the globe with his beloved Spanish guitar en tow, Lawson Rollins has come full circle on his aptly titled fourth solo album, “Full Circle,” which will be released July 16th by his Infinita Records.
↑↓ Adopting a “less can be more” philosophy on the twelve new songs that he composed allows the focus to be on Rollins’ captivating melodies and dexterous fretwork that unfold over worldbeat rhythms and multicultural instrumentation. Radio listeners will be introduced to the collection Rollins produced with multi-platinum producer Dominic Camardella (Ottmar Liebert, Flora Purim, 3rd Force) when the first single, “Momentum,” is shipped to stations in June.
↑↓ Just as he has on his previous releases, Rollins entered the recording studio with Camardella (keyboards, piano) and a gifted ensemble comprised of Grammy-winning violinist Charlie Bisharat, bassist Randy Tico, percussionist Dave Bryant and saxophonist/flutist Richard Hardy. Rollins plays classical, flamenco and electric guitars on “Full Circle” along with keyboards and drum programming. The multilingual etchings of the erudite guitarist fluctuate in tone and speed. Rooting the compositions in sparser settingsthan utilized on his earlier albums(“Elevation,” “Espirito” and “Infinita”), the storytelling guitarist spins enthralling escapades with his six-string that are the focal point of the sonicscapes.
↑↓ Rollins relishes the challenge of presenting material masterfully performed as audacious amalgams constructed of mesmerizing melodies and exotic rhythms mined from Afro-Cuban rumba, bossa nova, samba, mystical Middle Eastern, tango, reggae, rock, classical and jazz. Each cut was thoughtfully crafted resulting in numerous highlights on the disc. “Momentum” rides a relentless rumba-flavored groove seasoned with a hint of Japanese folk music along a marching motion of melody. The rumba party continues on “Pursuit,” which incorporates an Appalachian fiddle motifto the thrilling chase. “Flight” and “Bloom” romance by way of sultry bossa nova ambiances and a pristine nylon guitar sound. The title cut recalls Rollins earlier work as a member of Young & Rollins(2000-2006) with an updated approach to the salsa stylings. “Gone From Here” is a sprawling rumba meets rock stroll on which Rollins makes a rare pronouncement on electric guitar. Another diverse number that Rollins refers to as a “journey piece” because of its deviation from the typical song structure, “Shifting Seasons” is like 4 songs in one song that meldsfolk, Asian elements, rumba and bolero rhythms.
↑↓ “’Full Circle’ is somewhat of a return to my roots in a sense, with the focus shifting to a sound that is more centered and grounded in the instrument I know best -the nylon string Spanish guitar. I was determined and indeed excited to create a cohesive, guitar-focused album. I had to reign in my instinct to apply layer upon layer of sound to any given track. That’s not to say that ‘Full Circle’ does not have some adventurous musical rides, but the heart of the album can be found in concise musical statements. Woven throughout the fabric of the recordings is the constant thread of the guitar. ‘Full Circle’ is perhaps the most accurate, pointed expression of my guitar style and approach to melody and songcraftto date,” said the San Francisco-based Rollins. Rollins has generated over 7.5 million YouTube views, an extraordinarily high number for an instrumentalist in his genre. Over 6 million views came from the release of three astonishing performance clips – “The Fire Cadenza,” “Santa Ana Wind” and Locomotion” – with the balance comprised of fans posting videos of their own attempts to replicate his astoundingly prodigious techniques. Rollins scored a #1 radio single at Billboard with “Moonlight Samba” from the “Espirito” album in addition to collecting several Top 30 contemporary jazz radio hits. Last year, he guest hosted a national radio program on Sirius XM and was profiled in Guitar Playermagazine, which marveled “He possesses ungodly classical chops, with dazzling speed, uncanny accuracy, and a beautifully delicate touch.” (http://jazzusa.com/lawson-rollins-full-circle/)
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↑↓ “While there is a delightful ebb and flow, it is the prodigious talent of Rollins’ guitar work that serves as the golden thread to bind this amazing sonic tapestry together. Other artists have attempted similar releases but the results fall short by comparison. ‘Full Circle’ cuts a wide path for world music fans, classical aficionados and jazz lovers of any genre. An amazing release and proof that when the stars are in perfect alignment, magic is indeed possible. 5 stars.” — Critical Jazz
↑↓ “One of the most accomplished and creative World Fusion guitarists on the planet today…on ‘Full Circle’ Lawson arrives at something that borders on sublime, instrumental, pan-global guitar-centric jazz that is truly colorful and invigorating. Surely Lawson’s most well-rounded album yet.” — Music Web Express 3000
↑↓ “…one of the most creative world music fusion guitarists in the world.” — Keys & Chords
↑↓ “…this may be Lawson Rollins’ finest creation to date…you are in for one incredible audio delight.” — Mainly Piano
↑↓ “…music created with passion and talent..an even dozen high-spirited tunes full of soul & groove that will haunt your playlists for a long time to come.” — Improvijazzation Nation
↑↓ “Expect the unexpected as Rollins mixes Middle Eastern exotica, tango, reggae, classical, world beats and more with his trademark Latin flavours.” — Soul and Jazz and Funk
↑↓ “Nimble-fingered with lightning speed and possessing a full grasp of the cultures of the world as voiced through his guitar, Lawson Rollins wears his captivating music like a second skin.” — The Smooth Jazz Ride
↑↓ “The scintillating melodies are timeless and free-flowing. Anyone with an interest in acoustic guitars and instrumental music will find happiness in Lawson’s latest release.” — Inside World Music
|Lawson Rollins — Full Circle (2013)|