Robert Lee Balderrama, aka Bobby Balderrama, renowned guitarist of Question Mark and the Mysterians has delivered yet again - an original and imaginative work . . . a passionate and highly-flavored Smooth Jazz album entitled, FOR THE LOVE OF SMOOTH JAZZ, from his new band ROBERT LEE REVUE. Each track has its very own unique vibe, setting that 'smooth' mood, which leaves you feeling kissed by a warm ray of sunshine and cooled by a wet splash of salty-air breeze from the seashore. Featuring a precise blend of fluid guitar riffs, with complementary elements of keyboard and saxophone, leaves listeners wanting more. SANTA CRUZ, the first single to radio, is reminiscent of classic George Benson, whilst album tracks SALVAME and SAMBA NIGHTS reveal a Carlos Santana Latin influence.
FOR THE LOVE OF SMOOTH JAZZ showcases artistry and musicianship; which is the true essence of the ROBERT LEE REVUE. Bobby has assembled a group of formidable musical talent; fellow Mysterians Frank Rodriguez/Keyboards and Robert Martinez/Drums, along with Tom Barsheff/Saxophone and wife Amy Lynn (Balderrama)/Percussion. Live performances will see the nucleus of the band joined by Jack Nash/Bass, Rudolph Levario/Percussion and Bobby's son, Nick Balderrama/Rhythm Guitar. Featured Guest Vocalist on MI AMORE, the inimitable James Bradley, is one of the notable beloved R&B male vocalists of his generation; a suave crossover balladeer and meticulous pop craftsman with impeccable phrasing, delicate articulation and romantic delivery. He will lend his voice as his schedule permits.
FOR THE LOVE OF SMOOTH JAZZ was released Tuesday, June 29, 2010, on Bobby's new indie label AMR/ASSOCIATED MICHIGAN RECORDINGS. All songs are published by Robert Lee Balderrama Publishing/BMI. Bobby, Frank and Robert continue to tour and record with Question Mark and the Mysterians, but also make time to pursue other musical interests. Bobby and Frank's previous project, the ROBERT LEE BAND, was a blues outfit that recorded and released an eponymous album for the Bullfrog label entitled, CRAZY WORLD.
OF NOTE: Robert Lee (Bobby) Balderrama, Frank Rodriguez, and Robert Martinez, original guitarist, original keyboardist and original drummer respectively of ? & the Mysterians, have an historical significance which is quite clear; credited with creating and originating the musical genre 'garage rock/punk' in the early 1960's. As Steve Huey of All Music Guide states, "It only took one song, the organ-driven number one smash "96 Tears," to make ? & the Mysterians into garage rock legends…the Mysterians sound helped lay down an important part of the garage rock blueprint…they were one of the first Latino rock groups to have a major hit…one of the prime suspects in the evolution of garage rock into early punk."
Special Thanks to: Benny & the Jets, Chad Cunningham, Gary Johnson, Jehan Khateeb, Fred Reif, Rick & Nina Ruiner, Rich Schultz, and W. Kelly Milionis for their contribution and support.
ALBUM CREDITS: FOR THE LOVE OF SMOOTH JAZZ by ROBERT LEE REVUE
Musicians on all songs: Guitar: Robert Lee Balderrama; Keyboard/Piano: Frank Rodriguez; Sax: Tom Barsheff; Drums: Robert Martinez; Percussion: Amy Lynn
Additional musicians: James Bradley/Vocals on MI AMORE; Jack Nash/Bass Guitar on CLOSE TO ME; Ron Lopez/Guitar on CLOSE TO ME; Jay Brandow/Rhythm Guitar on TO THE BRIDGE; Rich Schultz/Bass Guitar on HOLDING ON
Produced by Robert Lee Balderrama for AMR/Associated Michigan Recordings
Recorded and Mixed by Robert Lee Balderrama except SALVAME written and recorded by Herb Sanchez and MI AMORE recorded by Herb Sanchez
Mastered by Rich Schultz at Music From Grace Studios
Art Direction and Design: Debby Weber
All songs published by Robert Lee Balderrama Publishing/BMI