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Ruach

a Studio release
by
Vonj

Release Year: 2016

Date Label Catalog # Comments
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

Added To Proggnosis Database on: 1/17/2017 12:00:00 AM
Entry Last Updated on: 2/1/2017 2:00:00 PM by: Marc
  1. Out of the Mire - 2:34
  2. Skin Deep - 4:02
  3. I'm Coming Back - 3:27
  4. Lady Night - 3:43
  5. Gold Rush - 3:04
  6. Trails of Eldoret - 3:14
  7. River Nun - 6:32
  8. Nu Times - 4:07
  9. Vox Populi - 5:37
  10. Ballance Street - 6:27
  11. Experience - 2:30
  12. Amnesia - 4:38
  13. Superstition (A Tribute to the Icon) - 4:20

Martin Donovan
drums


Carmine Manfredi
saxophone


Mat Diamond
drums, percussions


Vonj

Guitar and bass

Reviewed by Marc on 01 Feb 2017


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.

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