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Raleigh, NC—I am lucky to be among the first to hear Bongo John’s latest CD. I have in my possession one of the very first copies of his latest album, Savannah Sunset, with the title handwritten in Sharpie.
Savannah Sunset contains eleven tracks. Each song showcases a plethora of Bongo’s musical talents. Bongo John plays all of the instruments you hear on the album, as well as providing both backup and lead vocals. The tracks all have intricate rhythms, some upbeat, some soothing and mellow. It is music to dance to as well as meditate. Savannah Sunset brings you sounds that are pleasing to anyone’s ear. Combine jazz, funk, electronica, and contemporary and you’ve got “The Bongo Method” as it’s dubbed on a track on this album.
“Hand in Hand,” the album’s second track includes a keyboard sample of an electric guitar. The lyrics of the third track “Great Big World” remind you that life is short and that the world is indeed large, therefore you should live life to the fullest every day. “Nark to the Rift” is a grooving tune with a beat that you will surely want to get up and dance. After just one listen, the refrain is stuck in my head. The track “New Beginning” features a guest performance by Charlie Chamberlain.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Bongo John’s is a style all his own that can’t really be compared to anything in today’s mainstream, and I mean that in a good way. I am a fan for life.
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