Winner of San Francisco radio station KKSF's Bay Area Artist Contest in 2003, James Robinson came to the attention of his own idol, infamous Larry Carlton, who says, "James is an extraordinary talent who deserves to be heard."
That's quite an endorsement from a man who put the lick in guitar!
Celebrating the influence of the culturally diverse San Francisco Bay area, Robinson includes tunes as broad as the bay, itself.
Complex chords, challenging rhythms and streaming melodies keeps Colours
interesting from beginning to end.Tales of Change
begins with a perky Latino flavor on Robinson’s guitar. It’s easy to imagine being in the southwest, dancing during a lively festivity.
Just as peppy, but feeling more like a story, Days Have Passed
still shows fine articulation from Robinson, with intimate stretches and complicated progressions.
Paul Baldi provides a strong percussion lead for Wave Upon Wave
More serene, still adventurous, Peace of Spirit
shows the softer side of Robinson’s guitar. Drummer Celso Alberti provides a soft and gentle brush stroke as bassist, Gary Brown keeps the rhythm deep.
Introspective, God’s Grace
gently rolls through the notes, combining soft strokes from Myron Dove on bass and gentle percussion from Baldi.
Bringing the listener back to a celebratory mood, Look to the Skies
encourages enjoyment of the day. Mixed textures allow listening pleasure on several levels.
Throughout this 11-track album, James Robinson helps the listener feel the mood his guitar senses. Incorporating band members of noted talent gives this CD luster, texture and multi-level appeal.
Legendary Steve Vai, founder of Favored Nations, was drawn to Robinson’s amazing talent.
Teaming Robinson with ultra-talented band members makes this a great album, start to finish.