With the album “Bridge”, Gabe Katona shows his contemporary jazz keyboard artistry while keeping the dynamics of his R&B and rock background. “Bridge” transports the listener with 14 breezy, feel-good tracks that highlight smooth grooves, sophisticated arrangements and upbeat melodies. Gabe’s original contemporary jazz compositions embody his soulful approach to melody and rhythm. He highlights his compositions with his touch on the HammondB3 organ, the Wurlitzer and Rhodes electric pianos, clavinet and the saxophone. Gabe rounds out his music with use of unique orchestration and rhythms adding to the intrigue of his compositions. As a result, Gabe Katona’s “Bridge” takes you on an uplifting journey that you will want to experience over and over again!
JOANNETTE: Your music always puts me in a happy place!
DOTTIE: I need this for my drives to the beach!
BOB C: Great feel!
JEAN: Listening to Gabe's album helps me unwind after a day of work. I love the rich sound quality!
Gabe Katona's "Bridge" Sets a New Bar for Feel-Good Music
If there were ever an album that fit the definition of “feel good” music, this would be it. Gabe Katona’s newest release, Bridge, is a smooth jazz excursion that will exude positive emotions and hopeful musings for the listener. A first listening will demonstrate excellent musicianship, delightful arrangements, and skillful engineering that stands up to the best in audio craftsmanship.
In today’s musical world of composers holding down one note on a synth to create a groove, you will highly appreciate Gabe’s terrific chops on grand piano, Rhodes and Wurlitzer electric pianos, clavinet, Hammond B3 organ, synthesizers, saxophone, and drum and percussion instruments. The Hammond B3 sound, in particular, jumps out of the track as if you were in the studio control room listening to a take.
No doubt everyone has different tastes and prefers one song over another. For me, the title cut, Bridge, is a winner, but I happen to like the opening cut, Sunjammers, the most. It’s irrestible, and never tires after multiple, consecutive listenings. Other musicians on the album include, Jamie Rogan on drums on Hot or Mild, Jimmy Bowland on flute, soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone sax on Hot or Mild, and Chris Cottros on guitars on Once Upon a Dream and Playtime.
You don’t have to specialize in Country Music to live and work in Nashville, Tennessee. Nashville and surrounding areas have evolved into a more diverse music scene. Katona, in addition to recording and producing his own original music, produces and records other up-and-coming artists in the area.
If you pay attention, you will sense musical influences from jazz, rock, R&B, blues, and funk. Having played with major acts such as Rick Springfield, Jackson 5, and The Temptations, Gabe also played keyboards and sax during a three-year musical journey with Jefferson Starship, on tour and in the studio.
I kept looking for something to criticize on this album, but I gave up after about three weeks. In other words, it’s a great album that is certain to provide hours of satisfying listening.