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Nick Colionne – Just Being Me

May 10, 2018

Guitarist Nick Colionne, that Big Windy Cat, is back on the scene with that killer-cool wardrobe and singing Epiphone hollow body axe working his smooth melodies all over C-jazz Land.

Whatever floats your c-jazz boat can be found on “Nico’s” new release Just Being Me, including a solid jazz-infused cover of the late Marvin Gaye’s classic “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You),” taking one way back in the Gaye catalog.

With comrades keyboardist/producer/mixer/programmer/composer Chris “Big Dog” Davis and Pieces of a Dream keyboardist/composer/producer James Lloyd by his side, the classy guitarist also lets loose on such finger-poppin’ smooth gems as the sassy, strollin’ Lloyd-penned “Is This Love I’m Feeling,” the up-tempo Davis-written dance groove “Be Urself” (surely one to get the masses up out of their seats at live performances), and one meant for that midnight love: “Spend the Nite” (both the instrumental and vocal version – the latter featuring some silky lines from vocalist Buff (Tony) Burnette). By the way, it’s pretty cool how he incorporates that Benson “Breezin’ melody at the very end of the instrumental version.

More noteworthy tracks include the snappy “Nite Train,” another Lloyd-penned beauty called “Still Connected,” the movin’, shakin’ and funky “Go Nico Go,” and then the poppin’ finale, Colionne’s own “Back Down Evergreen” (this and the lead and title track are the only two penned by the guitarist who apparently graciously allowed Davis and Lloyd to put their creative pens to work instead).

Overall, a great production from a guitar master who has no problems being a groovestarter. This one’s a typical Colionne firecracker. Colionne fans will not be disappointed. –Ronald Jackson