Ken Navarro’s “Breathe” is like a breath of fresh air. The song from his new Love Coloured Soul CD is a smart single for adventurous smooth jazz radio stations looking to add more adventurous listeners. Most of Navarro’s songs are perfectly beautiful and serene. “Breathe,” however, spins a driving, chugging rhythm section anchored by Andre Webb and Kevin Prince, but mostly offers some pretty fast guitar picking by Navarro. Don’t get me wrong – “Breathe” is not the unlistenable stuff some artists tack onto the end of their projects to show they can play. “Breathe” shows Navarro can play, furiously at time, but still works as one of the best smooth jazz songs you’re going to hear in a while.
Of course, Navarro is free to go all out now that he’s back on the Positive Music label, the same one he founded more than a decade ago. Love Coloured Soul is now only available at kennavarro.com, but will be in stores on Jan. 25, 2005.