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Ken Navarro, “The Test of Time” January 12, 2012

Posted by Mike C. in Animation, Football, Jazz, Media, Music, Personal, Sports, Travel, TV.

Ken Navarro rang in 2012 by releasing his new solo acoustic guitar album, “The Test of Time,” on his website.  The street date is March 20, but if you can’t wait, and I sure couldn’t, you can buy through his website.  Since it arrived in the mail two days ago, I’ve listened intently to the album’s twelve tracks, classic songs that truly stand “The Test of Time.”

The tracks (original artist in italics):
1. Imagine (John Lennon) (5:11)
2. Little Martha (The Allman Brothers Band) (3:56)
3. Just Like A Woman/Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands (Bob Dylan) (6:09)
4. Message In A Bottle (The Police) (4:37)
5. Eight Days A Week/Ticket to Ride/Day Tripper (The Beatles) (4:37) – As I listened to this, I found myself impersonating the Beatles on select lyrics, namely on “Day Tripper”
6. The Days of Wine and Roses (Henry Mancini) (5:03)
7. Wichita Lineman (Glen Campbell) (4:26)
8. Letter From Home (Pat Metheny Group) (2:41)
9. Caroline No (Brian Wilson) (2:42)
10. Europa (Santana) (6:57)

I got my first taste of “Letter From Home” and “Europa” at last year’s Smooth Jazz for Scholars concert in Milford, Connecticut.

Bonus Tracks:
11. Bach BWV 998 (J.S. Bach) (3:28)
12. When You Wish Upon A Star (Cliff Edwards as Jiminy Cricket) (3:15) – This was originally heard in the Disney classic Pinocchio, but since 1987 (following Super Bowl XXI), it’s used in the post-Super Bowl (and other major sports championships) ad for Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts.  You’ve just finished listening to “The Test of Time.”  What are you going to do next?  I’m going to Disney World!

The description on the album’s webpage is apt: it’s a “Ken Navarro masterpiece” from start to finish.

2/1 UPDATE: “Message In A Bottle” music video:

5/1 UPDATE: “Imagine” music video:



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