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Always Blue

by MrR

Adult Album Alternative is a blend of Jazz-infused rock, latin and blues music. MrR's second solo CD adds a vocal dimension to his first instrumental CD "Sonoran Sunset" and will bring fans of AAA to their feet. Sit up, stand up, listen and start moving.
Genre: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
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1. Girls At the Java Cafe
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2. Better Than That
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3. Pura Vida
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4. Always Blue
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5. Shagnasty
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6. I Wanna Thank You
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7. Por Paco
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8. 11:30
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9. Equinox
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As an extension of his first CD concept, MrR’s second release Always Blue adds vocals on five of the nine tracks. With a slight departure of the solo concept, MrR adds a new young talent as a bonus; Jordon Annika Smith is singing backing vocals on three tunes to complement MrR’s lead vocals. As one critic stated by using an old adage “…her voice is as pure as the driven snow, after listening to “Better Than That”, I wanted more, and I wanted to hear more of her, write her a song...”

The songs on Always Blue delve into a more contemporary “adult album alternative” genre, combining; blues (“Always Blue”), R&B/Rock (“Better than That” & “I Wanna Thank You”), Latin (“Pura Vida” & “Por Paco”), with the Jazz/Acid Jazz jams that were present on the first release Sonoran Sunset.

Some interesting original artwork by a long-time artist friend, Joan E. Lewis, wraps it all up into a nice package and makes Always Blue something to add to everyone’s CD or Digital collection.


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Alex Henderson

MrR has an enjoyable album
MrR’s eclectic tastes and diversity are very much in evidence on his 2013 release, Always Blue. The album maintains a dusky, moody, nocturnal sort of vibe, and sometimes hints at Steely Dan. That is true whether MrR is playing R&B-tinged funky pop-rock, or instrumental jazz-funk, or Latin-flavored grooves.
MrR ( provides the lead vocals and electric keyboards and he wrote most of the material. Among the vocal offerings MrR favors an R&B-ish style of pop-rock on “Better Than That,” “I Wanna Thank You,” “Girls at the Java Café” and ”Always Blue”, and functions well as an instrumentalist on “Shag Nasty,” “11:30” and an intriguing arrangement of tenor and soprano saxophonist John Coltrane’s “Equinox”, first recorded in 1960 when Coltrane was signed to Atlantic Records. MrR doesn’t give “Equinox” the usual acoustic post-bop treatment; instead he adds a touch of funk and in fact his interpretation of “Equinox,” brings to mind some of the haunting dusky music that has come out of Ethiopia. This album certainly isn’t the work of a jazz snob or someone who wants to play jazz exclusively, and MrR’s ability to put a fresh spin on a 53-year-old jazz standard like “Equinox” speaks well of him.
MrR’s interest in Latin rhythms of the Afro-Cuban variety on “Por Paco” and “Pura Vida.” makes perfect sense in light of his San Francisco Bay Area background. The Bay Area has given us a long list of musicians who knew their way around Afro-Cuban rhythms, so it isn’t surprising that he plays them convincingly.
There are many different twists and turns on this release. But whatever type of music he opts to play, MrR has an enjoyable album in Always Blue.