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Bursting on the scene in 2005 with the Arif Mardin produced State Of Mine, Midon and an acoustic guitar produced a virtuosic album with great vocals, vocal trumpet (!) and staggering six-string chops full of tight rhythms and rich chord and melodic work. Several albums later, Badass And Blind is self produced with Raul enhanced by choice band members. There’s a sophisticated pop quality to the title track; very Steely Dan and even a slight Donald Fagen quality to Raul’s voice. He’s a great electric soloist too. Red, Green, Yellow continues the Dan vibe, with two solos that would have Carlton himself nodding approval. Wings Of Mind is a jazzy bopper, with adult chords and a swinging acoustic solo. As for the Latin syncopations between guitar and voice on Sound Shadow; very impressive. Closer is Fly Like An Eagle, a great reworking of Steve Miller’s song that clocks six minutes long. If you like good songs, strong grooves, top chops and great singing, then Raul’s your man.