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Daniel Bailen – Acoustic Electric Bass (3), Background Vocals (3), Hand Claps (3)

David Bailen – Percussion (3), Background Vocals (3), Hand Claps (3), Drums (9)

Richard Bona – Electric Bass (10), Percussion (10)

Richard Hammond – Upright Bass (5,8,11,12)

Götz Kujack – Chekeré (1)

Raul Midón – Steel Guitar (1,8,9,12,13,14), Charango (1), Acoustic Electric Bass (1,2,6,9), Vocals (1~14), Bombo (1,6,10), Shakers (1,2,5,6,8,10,12), Acoustic Guitar (2,3,5,6,7,11,13), Guitar Synth (2), Programming (2,6,8,11,12), Bongos (2,5,6,10,12), Mouth Trumpet (3,12), Percussion (3,4,11), Hand Claps (3), Nylon Guitar (1,4,8,10,12), Electric Guitar (4,5,11), Background Vocals (5), Roland Piano (9), Tambourine (12), Electric Bass (13), CW Electronic Keyer (14), TS2000 (14)

Kathleen Midón – Background Vocals (2,5)

Marcus Miller – Bass (4)

Dianne Reeves – Vocals (11)

Daniel Sadownick – Clave (5), Triangle (5,8,11), Shakers (5,8,11,12), Congas (8,11,12), Bell Tree (8), Cabasa (8), Cowbell (11,12), Jingle Stick (12), Agogô Bells (12), Caxixi (12)

Lizz Wright – Vocals (6)

Raul Midón

Don't Hesitate

Raul Midón’s pointedly titled new album Don’t Hesitate demonstrates why—a dozen years and eight albums into a recording career that’s won him massive critical acclaim and a passionately devoted international fan base—he remains one of his era’s most distinctive and beloved recording artists.

The New York Times has called Raul Midón “a one-man band who turns a guitar into an orchestra and his voice into a chorus.” Now, with his exciting new album, If You Really Want, Midón’s voice and guitar ride the waves of an actual orchestra: the acclaimed Metropole Orkest, the GRAMMY® Award-winning Dutch ensemble that has collaborated with artists from Al Jarreau and Elvis Costello to Laura Mvula and Snarky Puppy. Midón – who earned his first GRAMMY nomination for Bad Ass and Blind, his Artistry Music/Mack Avenue album of 2017 – worked hand in glove on If You Really Want with another renowned GRAMMY winner and frequent Metropole Orkest collaborator: conductor-composer-arranger Vince Mendoza. He created beautifully dynamic arrangements, inspired not only by the singer-guitarist’s melodies, harmonies and rhythms but by his lyrics, too. Alongside fresh versions of six favorites from past Midón albums, If You Really Want features four previously unrecorded songs: “If You Really Want,” “Ride On A Rainbow,” “Ocean Dreamer” and “All Love Is Blind.” This past spring, Midón performed in National Public Radio’s popular “Tiny Desk Concert” feature, with NPR prefacing the broadcast by saying: “Raul Midón lives in a world of sound – blind since birth, Midón’s interpretation of his surroundings is borderless. He sings with the passion of the best classic soul singers, and his instrumental chops stand alongside the most accomplished jazz musicians.”

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