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Denny Jiosa - Inner Voices

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Groovinonymous - 4.21
Angel'S Kiss - 4.45
A Walk In The Park - 4.15
Lights Of The City - 4.28
Time In Times Square - 4.23
Always With You - 4.10
Inner Voices - 4.53
What About Blue - 4.32
Tears Of Mercy - 4.57
Selah - 4.52
The Last Goodbye - 4.15


Guitarist Denny Jiosa has long been known as a pro’s pro in the recording studios of Nashville. Then last year he burst from the gate with Moving Pictures, his first CD, his first recording under his own name—and his first hit. Now comes Inner Voices, which is not so much a follow-up project as a giant step forward for an artist who refuses to stand still. The promise of Moving Pictures is fulfilled in spades in this new outing. Here is a master musician at the top of his form: by turns lyrical, funky, pensive, wistful—and always original. Jiosa’s skill on the guitar is a given; what emerges here is his skill with a pen, his ability to manipulate the harmonies and countermelodies—the “inner voices” of his musical language—with variety and originality. Inner Voices sets a laid-back mood and sustains it from beginning to end. But every cut—every bar—is fresh and unexpected. That is a rare achievement alongside the carbon-copy sameness that afflicts so much of the NAC scene. But then, it’s just the sort of thing we might expect from an artist of Jiosa’s long and varied experience. As a guitarist, he has performed and toured with the likes of B.B. King, Steve Winwood, Bo Didley, Leon Russell and Glen Campbell. As a producer and recording engineer, he has contributed to chart-topping projects that have won 12 national awards since 1990. As an actor, Jiosa has spent years mastering and refining his craft on regional stages—including a stint with the touring company of Pump Boys and Dinettes. Jiosa grew up in Indiana and first picked up a guitar at the age of 11. A few years later, he was in Los Angeles, where he graduated from the presitgious Musician’s Institute of Technology. Then came years of touring, composing, studio work and exposure to different musical genres—a maturing process that shows in every bar of Inner Voices. Pick a cut at random. Listen, for instance, to the nifty introduction to “Groovinonymous,” a gently funky tune that takes R&B into harmonic regions it rarely visits. Listen to the interplay between piano and guitar in “Lights of the City”—that’s Pat Coil on piano—or between guitar and sax (Mark Douthil) in “Always with You.” Jiosa’s tribute to New York, “Time in Times Square,” is a long, relaxed groove without a hint of frenzy—definitely a Times Square of the soul. And his way with a ballad is simply wonderful. Listen especially to “Angel’s Kiss,” a pensive, lyrical piece that never descends into treacle—and to “The Last Goodbye,” one of those gorgeous, supple melodies that cry out for lyrics. Jiosa assembled an impressive cast of Nashville cats for Inner Voices—Hollie Farris on trumpet, Chester Thompson on drums, Chris Kent on bass—and they play with great skill and conviction. But the day belongs to Denny Jiosa, guitarist, composer, producer—artist. Welcome back. Guitarist Denny Jiosa has long been known as a pro’s pro in the recording studios of Nashville. Then last year he burst from the gate with Moving Pictures, his first CD, his first recording under his own name—and his first hit. Now comes Inner Voices, which is not so much a follow-up project as a giant step forward for an artist who refuses to stand still. The promise of Moving Pictures is fulfilled in spades in this new outing. Here is a master musician at the top of his form: by turns lyrical, funky, pensive, wistful—and always original. Jiosa’s skill on the guitar is a given; what emerges here is his skill with a pen, his ability to manipulate the harmonies and countermelodies—the “inner voices” of his musical language—with variety and originality. Inner Voices sets a laid-back mood and sustains it from beginning to end. But every cut—every bar—is fresh and unexpected. That is a rare achievement alongside the carbon-copy sameness that afflicts so much of the NAC scene. But then, it’s just the sort of thing we might expect from an artist of Jiosa’s long and varied experience. As a guitarist, he has performed and toured with the likes of B.B. King, Steve Winwood, Bo Didley, Leon Russell and Glen Campbell. As a producer and recording engineer, he has contributed to chart-topping projects that have won 12 national awards since 1990. As an actor, Jiosa has spent years mastering and refining his craft on regional stages—including a stint with the touring company of Pump Boys and Dinettes. Jiosa grew up in Indiana and first picked up a guitar at the age of 11. A few years later, he was in Los Angeles, where he graduated from the presitgious Musician’s Institute of Technology. Then came years of touring, composing, studio work and exposure to different musical genres—a maturing process that shows in every bar of Inner Voices. Pick a cut at random. Listen, for instance, to the nifty introduction to “Groovinonymous,” a gently funky tune that takes R&B into harmonic regions it rarely visits. Listen to the interplay between piano and guitar in “Lights of the City”—that’s Pat Coil on piano—or between guitar and sax (Mark Douthil) in “Always with You.” Jiosa’s tribute to New York, “Time in Times Square,” is a long, relaxed groove without a hint of frenzy—definitely a Times Square of the soul. And his way with a ballad is simply wonderful. Listen especially to “Angel’s Kiss,” a pensive, lyrical piece that never descends into treacle—and to “The Last Goodbye,” one of those gorgeous, supple melodies that cry out for lyrics. Jiosa assembled an impressive cast of Nashville cats for Inner Voices—Hollie Farris on trumpet, Chester Thompson on drums, Chris Kent on bass—and they play with great skill and conviction. But the day belongs to Denny Jiosa, guitarist, composer, producer—artist. Welcome back.

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