State of Mind by Raul Midón
This week, I’m suggesting singer and guitarist Raul Midón’s debut album State of Mind. On his website, Raul explains that he left his lucrative work as a back-up singer to pursue his solo career because he was “making a living as a professional musician, but wasn’t pursuing art”. He released State of Mind in 2005 and critics continue to credit it as a remarkable project that combines old-school, Latin and jazz influences. My favorites on the album are Waited All My Life, Sunshine (I Can Fly), and Expressions of Love, which features a harmonica solo by Stevie Wonder. Here’s a clip of Waited All My Life (check out the breakdown around the 3:50 mark). Be sure to read more about Raul on his website and look for State of Mind on Amazon or iTunes.