Dave Plotel | Red Hat

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Jazz: Smooth Jazz Jazz: World Fusion Moods: Featuring Guitar
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Red Hat

by Dave Plotel

funky smooth jazz with intense melodies full of rich harmonies that fill the senses - a new sensation with each track. Great music to drive with, relax with and work with. It's music that makes you feel good, makes your day go better.
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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1. Miami Cats
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2. Turning Corner pt 1
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3. Turning Corner pt 2
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4. Red Hat
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5:02 $0.99
5. Magic
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6. Berdidong pt 1
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4:56 $0.99
7. Berdidong pt 2
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8. My Time
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9. Marina Beach - Sandwiches and Stuff
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Album Notes
After a childhood spent listening and learning to appreciate many different kinds of music, especially Jazz, Dave’s career as a guitarist began in his mid teens. Backing American Soul Artists (Ben E King, Arthur Conley, Percy Sledge, The Platters etc.) on tour in the UK and Europe he schlepped up and down motorways in the time-honoured fashion. He was with The Real Thing when their first No 1 hit broke (˜You To Me Are Everything’) At this time he met Nigel Martinez, who went on to produce for Motown - they have remained good friends and get together to record on Nigel's projects from time to time when he visits the UK.

In his time Dave has has been involved with Gospel music both live and in the studio - including a song with Stevie Wonder on Charlene’s single ˜Used to Be.’

Eventually he felt the need to go back to the woodshed and reshape his chops, turning again to Wes Montgomery, Johnny Smith, Tal Farlow and Hank Garland as well as contemporary players like Pat Metheny. His secret love for choral music became evident when he started to write his own compositions involving vocal arrangements rich with harmonies embedded in tight grooves and changing chordal structures.

Running Salvador’s Jazz Club in London's Notting Hill, Dave booked and jammed with some of the UK’s top players, including Alan Barnes, Dick Pierce, Jim Mullen, Kathy Stobart, NYJO, and old acquaintance John Ethridge...

After a spell of writing and recording and a brief flirtation with the pop chart, The 90’s found him playing Jazz Duos, and spending time in Miami Florida.

Back in England he played on Josie James’ album Candles and backed her at her UK appearance at the Jazz Cafe. At the same time he was beginning to write and record ambient music, which has been very successful and is sold all over the world.

In the noughties he has been found playing in Paris (the famous Duc de Lombard Jazz Club) and around London, while developing the ideas which became the Red Hat album - a CD of his own tunes distilled from his long love affair with the guitar.

Dave already has five ambient albums to his name which have sold worldwide.


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I really love this cd and play it all the time
I bought this cd from Dave Plotel's website and I get more and more pleasure from these great melodies and the arrangements - intricate guitar picking, the grooves, the layers! every track brings a different feeling and I can even sing along - my favourite thing. It brings together smooth jazz with some lovely funkiness and -oh thank you God - Melodies.

Rob Rogers

Great CD with tons of interest and musicality - love it
This is a fantastic CD with bags of interesting musical playing and composing. The changes are subtle and the playing excellent - I play it in my car all the time and love the varied trax and ideas - nice one Dave Plotel and your Red Hat - many more people should put this on their personal CD shelf AND on their players often


A must have CD for any serious smooth jazz fan.This is an outstanding album full of soulful melodies and exceptional playing from Dave. Check out the final track Marina Beach and just relax to the Steely Dan inspired melody. Together with some great playing from others particularly Mike Parlett on sax Dave has created an album you wont want to stop listening to - buy it now!

Amary H

Red hot playing, great guitar picking, sooo musical! And different.
Red hot playing by all the band members but listen out for the guitar picking from Dave Plotel... it bears repeated listening you will keep hearing new stuff that will make you smile without an ounce of schmaltz. This album is chock full of good things and you can't put it in a box but above all it's very very musical. It has such a feelgood factor and when I play it in the car, the great grooves always make the journey faster, when I'm working at home the tunes always lift my heart - they just make you feel better!
I keep thinking I have a favourite track but then it changes... for some time I have been chilling out to the trancy groove of Berdidong part 2 with some quirky guitar phrases - so in the pocket! Then at the moment I am into Marina Beach, with its Steely Dan flavour, and with a funny surprise track at the end that grooves your socks off. I suggest now it's on offer from Cdbaby (much cheaper than other places) you get your copy straight away…. add to cart!