|07 Jul 2016||Vonj Productions|
About Ruach by Vonj
Ruach: breath, wind, spirit
Transliteration of original (Hebrew) word: ruach
Phonetic Spelling: (roo'-akh)
Short Definition: Spirit
I really did not know what to expect before listening to Ruach by Vonj, a Kenya born artist now living in the UK. Looking at his website made me prepare myself for ambiant or even meditation music. Well only after a few seconds listening to Ruach I knew my supposition was way off.
What we get on this very good album is a mixture of R&B, Jazz, Pop, Soul, Blues, Hard Rock and even a hint of Prog. Vonj is the main man of this musical project. He plays bass, guitar and is also the lead vocalist. He is a great lead singer. To me his voice is pretty close to George Benson's, but Vonj often sings with more muscle than Benson. His guitar playing, always excellent, ranges from very smooth and silky to almost Hendrix like at times, and he shows equal dexterity on the bass. Vonj is supported by excellent musicians on percussions and drums with Carmine Manfredi contibuting some cool saxophone on the jazzier tracks.
As much as I can tell all the songs (but one) are original compositions, covering a variety of genres while still remaining coherant enough to give Ruach an album feel, not just being a collection of tracks. The last song, a cover of Stevie Wonder's ''Superstition'' is done in a bluesy way that made me completely rediscover it. A great finish to an excellent album.
Ruach is perhaps not the proggiest album I will review this year, but it is certainly one I will continue to listen to on many occasions. Highly recommended indeed.