If You Really Want

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Artwork| Tracklist | Credits

Vocals, Guitars, Banjo (on “Ride On A Rainbow”): Raul Midón

Conductor: Vince Mendoza

Percussion: Efrain Toro on “Ride On A Rainbow,” “If You Really Want,” “Sunshine (I Can Fly”),” “Pick

Somebody Up,” “Everyone Deserves A Second Chance” and “Sittin’ In The Middle”

Metropole Orkest:

1st Violin: Arlia de Ruiter, Alida Schat, Sarah Koch, Denis Koenders, Pauline Terlouw, David Peijnenborgh,

Ewa Zbyszynska, Jasper van Rosmalen, Ruben Margarita

2nd Violin: Federico Nathan, Herman van Haaren, Merijn Rombout, Wim Kok, Robert Baba, Merel

Jonker, Seija Teeuwen

Viola: Norman Jansen, Mieke Honingh, Julia Jowett, Isabella Petersen, Marit Ladage

Cello: Emile Visser, Maarten Jansen, Annie Tangberg, Jascha Albracht

Double Bass: Erik Winkelmann, Walter van Egeraat, Arend Liefkes

Harp: Joke Schonewille

Flute: Janine Abbas, Nola Exel

Oboe: Willem Luijt

Saxophone, Clarinet: Marc Scholten, Paul van der Feen, Leo Janssen, Werner Janssen, Max Boeree

Horn: Pieter Hunfeld, Jasper de Waal

Trumpet: Ray Bruinsma, Jelle Schouten, Peter van Soest, Jan Wessels

Trombone: Bart van Lier, Jan Oosting, Jan Bastiani

Bass Trombone: Bart van Gorp

Orchestral Percussion: Murk Jiskoot, Eddy Koopman

Drums: Martijn Vink

Electric/Acoustic Bass: Aram Kersbergen

Electric/Acoustic Guitar: Peter Tiehuis

Piano, Keyboards: Hans Vroomans

Raul Midón

If You Really Want

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, to be released via Artistry Music/Mack Avenue on September 14 – 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.

The Mirror finds Midón breaking new ground for himself, including two entrancing solo spoken-word pieces (“If I Could See” and “One Day Without War”). The album also features studio meetings with such veteran jazz colorists as vibraphonist Joe Locke (“A Certain Café”), as well as a songwriting collaboration with top pianist Gerald Clayton, “Deep Dry Ocean.” Another highlight is the road-weary jazz ballad “Cold Cuts and Coffee,” while title track “The Mirror” beguiles with its easy tropical groove, lyrical sophistication and Midón’s flowing electric guitar. As National Public Radio set the stage before his captivating edition of its “Tiny Desk Concert” broadcast: “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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