Jan. 20, 2015
Trumpeter/Latin percussionists/producer Gino Goss steps out with his sophomore release Turn It Up with a variety of moods and colors. Already having amassed such accolades as being a six-time nominee and four-time winner of Indie Music Channel Awards in 2012, including Producer of the Year, and being a ten-time nominee of those Awards in 2013 in the Jazz category and five-time nominee in the World category, as well as picking up 14 nominations in the Jazz, Easy Listening, and World Music categories in 2014, Goss has established himself in short order as one who’s deserving of more than a glance in our C-jazz genre.
With tracks ranging from spicy, mid-tempo Latin-laced rhythms and melodies (e.g., “Night in Rio”) to the up-tempo World charmer “Voodoo Magic” to easy yet funky vibes like that found on “Loosing My Way” (with the seductive vocals of one Rossella Cosentino) to a sultry island call from his trumpet on “Just Don’t Want Another Broken Heart” (perhaps my favorite track), to the hot, exotic and funky dance jam “Black Zulu” to a reggae-touched spirited groover called “Shake Your Boom Boom,” Goss is in the house and intent on keeping you there, as well.
Displaying the talents of various international vocalists on this project like the previously mentioned Cosentino, Amanda Bellino, Roberto Restuccia, and Sachin Paul, Goss adds mystique and exoticism to this project. It’s an album of diverse, embracing grooves that are, as I said at the outset, a combination of moods and colors that make this a full-bodied album of delightful listening pleasure. Thumbs up for a classy production. – Ronald Jackson