Skip to main content

Rock-Folk Review: Kito Peters-Witness

Release Date: 1/15/14
Label: Cabezon Music

Website

Witness is Kito Peters’ 13th release. With steady flow of releases year after year Peters has created quite a niche for himself. His music is introspective and eclectic. 

Witness kicks off the proceedings with the title track and sets the tone for what is to come. Although Peters offers an eclectic mix from a musical perspective, he is very astute and straightforward with his lyrics, which I found refreshing. His tastes vary from folk, rock, jazz and blues. The mix is quite pleasing and relaxing, which I welcomed.

“Troubadour” is very upbeat and drives home the message with a high energy pace. In the same instance Peters can take an entirely different approach by coming across mellow and controlled so the listeners have an opportunity to look inward to see how the song relates to their own lives. Then again “Anthropology” explores the more serious side of the human condition even though the character “stays at home and fuss and fume, ” conveying the frustrations of life, the music finds a way to take the lyrics and make it all ok with uplifting passages and some reflective and easy going trombone playing. Instruments from a brass section can put an entirely different spin on the entire track and lead the person listening down a different path. That path being one that ends up being a bit more cerebral and complex. You can take that for what it’s worth as everyone takes away something different from every song and that is the beauty of music and being an individual while expressing feelings and emotion through a song.

Peters is an accomplished singer/songwriter/musician and those that take part in the project with him are working from the same place and level of expertise. I am certain it could not work any other way for a veteran like Peters. “Bastille” is a great example of the diversity that an artist like Peters can display within one track. Elements of folk, rock, blues and Americana coming shining through like the brightest star in the night sky. “Comrades” closes out the album perfectly in a mellow way, as if to say “thanks for being my brother and listening to my music”.

Witness will keep you entertained from beginning to end and every track has a different aspect to explore in the world of Kito Peters. This recording has all the bullet points that speak of quality and consistency. Anyone who can appreciate good music in its entirety will find something to enjoy here. Music that is hard to put in box and tuck away is what real music fans want to hear these days. You won’t find Kito Peters on your radio dial alongside all the Top Forty hit machines but if you like a satisfying musical journey you definitely need to pick up a copy of Witness.
  
4/5 Stars
 
Key Tracks: Bastille, Witness, Comrades

Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck

January 27, 2014

Tracks:
01.Witness
02.Troubadour
03.Tricks Like This
04.Last Resort
05.Apology
06.Scapegoat
07.Anthropology
08.Brother to Brother
09.Nice
10.Sometimes Better
11.Bastille
12.X-Ray
13.Comrades

Review Provided By Write A Music Review

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

New Age Instrumental Review: Anaya Music-AONKI – Gateway of Love (Cosmic New Age Music)

Release Date: February 2, 2018 Label: Anaya Music Website
Around this time a year ago I had the experience of listening to Anaya Music and providing coverage of Eternity.  It was an uplifting experience and a memorable listen as I recall.
Now with February drawing closer AONKI – Gateway of Love (Cosmic New Age Music) will arrive.
Once again, the recording features several exceptional collaborations between Anaya Music and a live virtual symphony orchestra recorded in the heart of Prague, the capital of the Czech republic. The orchestra combines members of the finest ensembles in Prague, including the Czech Philharmonic.
I think they should rename the orchestra to “The Live Spiritual Orchestra.” If you have been exposed to Anaya Music you will understand what that means. If this is your first journey with this music you will find out very quickly. Either way, this is spiritually uplifting music that leaves a smile on your soul. It’s like the term digital footprint, there is an everlasting m…

Jazz Fusion-Rock-Pop-Funk Review: Project Grand Slam-Trippin’

Release Date: June 29, 2018 Label: Cakewalk Records Website
This will be my sixth voyage into the world of Project Grand Slam (PGS). So, what is this experience going to be like this time? I would expect the same great combination of jazz, rock, funk, and pop that I always enjoyed.

Just so you all know PGS is: Robert Miller (bass), Mario Castro (saxophones), Bayden Goyo (keyboards), Joel E. Mateo (drums), Guillermo Barron Rios (percussion), Tristan Clark (guitar) and the beautiful Ms. Ziarra Washington (vocals).

So, now we are Trippin’ into 2018 with PGS. And the first track titled “1972” was like turning on the radio and hearing the Average White Band or Tower of Power. Yes sir, on the AM dial, it came blaring through back in those days. 

The title track is a real gas too. This number has some great sax from Castro and a killer rhythm section courtesy of Miller and Mateo. It shines the spotlight on them clear and bright. Let me tell you, those two are like the dynamic duo, kind of like a p…

New Biography on The Cars Singer/Bassist Benjamin Orr by Vermont Writer Joe Milliken to be Published November 2018!

Bellows Falls, VT – Veteran music journalist Joe Milliken recently announced a publishing deal with the Lanham, Maryland-based publisher Rowman & Littlefield Publishers to produce his first book, a biography about the late Benjamin Orr. Orr was the co-founder, co-lead singer, and bassist for the platinum-selling rock band The Cars. Titled Let’s Go! Benjamin Orr and The Cars, a release date is set for November 15, 2018.

Often considered the band’s heartthrob, Orr possessed an incredible voice, diverse musical talent and rare stage presence, all balanced by a magnetic, yet enigmatic personality, striking good looks, and a relentless determination to reach rock stardom. Born Benjamin Orzechowski (aka “Benny Eleven Letters”) and raised in the Cleveland suburb of Parma Heights, Orr was, prior to becoming a world-famous rock star with The Cars, a “teen star” as a house band musician for the nationally syndicated television show Upbeat.

A few years later Ben met his musical partner and …