Based in New York City, Gideon King & City Blog has put together a sophisticated collection of songs that showcase their jazz/rock fusion style of #Music. It appears that the band has created jazz music that fits in with today's generation. I don't have a strong love for this genre of music, but GK & CB has impressed me with their smooth musical stylings that have the power to entertain listeners, especially jazz fans. The band consists of many members. They are led by Gideon King who is responsible for playing guitar, vocals, and various background noises of the songs.

Their album City Blog has a release date of September 26th, 2015, so be on the lookout for it.

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Vocal Display

Gideon King & City Blog has a well-suited group of vocalists who produce melodic and jazzy sounds that are lively and quite beautiful to listen to. Besides Gideon's vocal contributions, you can hear singers such as Grace Weber, Marc Broussard, Elliott Skinner, Saul Kurtz, Carolyn Leonhart, and Matt Powell. The singers are generally not very pushy/heavy in how they execute their sounds; they have rather soft and graceful singing abilities. The vocalists present themselves in a harmonious and sweet-sounding fashion that is easy on the ears. They steadily transition between high notes and low notes in a soothing way.

Favorite song for vocals: “New York Is”

Instrumentation

The band’s organic instrumentals consist of piano, drums, saxophone, flute, trumpet, electric and upright bass, as well as electric, acoustic, and synth guitars.

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When played together, they radiate colorful and relaxing vibes. The players behind the instruments are James Genus, Matt Penman, Kevin Hays, Willard Dyson, Donald Edwards, Donny Mccaslin, Andy Gravish, and Gideon himself. Both the vocals and instrumentals showcase sounds that remind me of being at jazz festivals in the summertime of the afternoon. Overall, the instrument players exhibit unconventional and timeless sounds that have major value in a world that is so driven by synthetic party music that can be quite tiring to listen to.

Favorite song for instrumentals: “City Blog”

Lyrical Essence

The presence of the lyrics is very poetic. Listening to the singers is like listening to deep and vivid storytelling. With regard to the lyrics, they are not too deep to the point of being largely motivated by the unconscious mind. That is what makes them down-to-earth and relatable. More specifically, their collection of songs are like narratives that describe everyday life in New York City. Also, they indicate appreciation for the small and unique wonders that make New York City an enjoyable and unforgettable place to be.

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I have never been to New York City, but the songs sort of make me feel like I have. The lyrics are original and metaphorical. Overall, they can take listeners on a nice ride through NYC.

Favorite song for lyrics: “Down”

Final Thoughts

From a comprehensive perspective, I give GK & CB's latest album a rating of 8 out of 10. The band’s mixture of jazz and pop music is sensational and catchy. I found myself singing along to some of their songs while listening, which is a good sign connected to the band's musical talent. I admire the array of vocal and instrumental solos that are presented in the songs.

Feel free to listen to one of my favorite songs from the album below. Let me know in the comments section what you think of the song!