Smiles for Miles
The Players Include: TINO GONZALES - GUITAR, VOCALS BERNARD 'PRETTY' PURDIE - DRUMS FREDDIE HUBBARD - FLUGELHORN PAUL HARRIS - PIANO TIM TINDALL - BASS THE PHENIX HORNS ESQUIRE Produced by legendary drummer, Bernard 'Pretty' Purdie, Tino Gonzales' album 'Smiles For Miles', has all the makings of a classic. Mixing Blues and Latin Rythms, adding the right amount of Funk and Fusion -- the recipe for noteworthy music is clearly defined here. Tino's gutsy, Blue vocals combined with searing guitar leads intertwine with some of the finest assembled studio and marquee players. The performances are as deserving of praise as the artists themselves. Multiple Grammy winner Freddy Hubbard, in fine form, gives outstanding deliveries on each creditable track. The wonderful Paul Harris furnishes the most memorable piano solo on the title track, a melodic Latin Blues Fusion number that blends Hubbard with a soulful measure of Gonzales and company. Tom Washington's arrangements of the Phenix Horns Esquire illustrates why they keyed countless million selling albums. Of course, the incomparible 'King of the Beat', Bernard Purdie displays his inimitable driving meter, as well as steering the production through it's grand conclusion. 'I'm not much for Bernard Purdie's sometimes highbrow, funky production on the faster numbers, but Gonzales' skills and taste eventually win you over, especially on the slower blues tracks like 'Young Thing' and 'One More Mile,' where his fingerwork takes over.' Blues Access 'This isn't your typical brand of blues. 'Smiles For Miles', serves up a mixture of a heavy blues base with some Latin rythms and a pinch of jazz. And it's a pretty tasty dish.' Tom Carter, Music City Blues Bluesletter This is the artist B.B. King calls, 'a Latin Gem'. Tino Gonzales' 'Smiles For Miles' ... 'It's Hot!' 'It's definitely a bullet.' Frank Weber, Dog Patch Blues 'The musicianship is unreal, Tino is one hell of a guitar player. Fast, fluent, and a phrasing ability that is just unvbelievable!' Rich Falcon, Just Plain's Blues -- Western Kansas Blues Society ''Smiles For Miles' is a solid selection of material from a hard-working guitarist' Bill Camp -- BluesRag Magazine 'Tino Gonzales' tight and clean guitar work forms the backbone for every song. You'll find yourself hanging on every tasteful note' P.J. Klemp -- Living blues Magazine FOR TINO'S LIVE SOUND, CHECK 'LIVE AT THE DINOSAUR 2'. HE'S ON FIRE. -- CB.