The Road Home

 

If the “road” is the path on which you travel and “home” is where your affections are centered, than “the road home” must be the highway to your heart; the route you take to find what makes you happy; the journey of your life, and everyone and everything you encounter along the way.

 

  • It’s the sweet smell of the freshly cut grass you rolled around in as a child one spring day and the spicy fragrance of daffodil blooms outside your college dorm;
  • the postcard image of a thousand multi-colored balloons simultaneously set free, ascending and dancing in the sky at the county fair;
  • the rhythmic sounds of horses snorting and stomping in the fields of a friend’s farm, frolicking as if this was the only moment they had;
  • the tingling you felt at an outdoor concert when you were one with the band and the crowd and the earth, just one giant wave of energy;
  • the wail of coyotes over the percussive cacophony of crickets while frogs bellow a bass riff on a warm summer night in Florida;
  • the raw improvised melodies of an all-night jam session – the music blasting too loud and lasting too long for your neighbors, but not loud or long enough for you;
  • the weightless feeling of victory and accomplishment when for once everything goes right and for a brief moment you are on top, floating, lighter than air;
  • and the soothing lilt of a lullaby, the one for your baby girl, and in just an instant your baby girl’s baby girl.

 

All of this and more you can find on “the road home”.  We invite you to take this journey with us.  Perhaps there’s something we can share – a memory, a melody, a moment – something that will make you smile.  Maybe this album can be a part of your road home.  We couldn’t hope for anything more.

 

 

The Songs

The Players

01) Ocala Nights – smooth jazz featuring Kristopher Keith – instrumentation: flute, violin, cello, trumpet, flugelhorn, tenor sax, trombone, guitar, vibes, piano, bass, drums & percussion

 

02) Blues in the Attic – jazz / blues featuring solos by Chris Young & Michael Cox – instrumentation: clarinet, tenor sax, trombone, vibes, guitar, piano, bass & drums

 

03) It’s a Long Way Home – vocal jazz featuring Kelly Delaveris on vocals and solos by Chris Young & Michael Cox – instrumentation: lead & background vocals, trumpet, tenor sax, trombone, vibes, guitar, piano bass & drums

 

04) Sweet, Sweet Spring – smooth jazz featuring Kristopher Keith – instrumentation: flute, violin, cello, trumpet, alto sax, tenor sax, trombone, vibes, guitar, piano, bass, drums & percussion

 

05) Lighter Than Air – smooth jazz featuring solos by Don Nichols, Kristopher Keith, & Tom Battenberg – instrumentation: flute, trumpet, alto sax, vibes, guitar, piano, bass, drums & percussion

 

06) Not Going Nowhere – vocal jazz featuring Kelly Delaveris and solos by Chris Young & Dean Inboden – instrumentation: lead & background vocals, trumpet, alto sax, tenor sax, trombone, guitar, piano, bass & drums

 

07) The Last Hippo – classical jazz featuring Chris Young – instrumentation: piano, vibes, violin, cello, bass & drums

 

08) Balloon Dance – jazz fusion featuring solos by Chris Young, Michael Cox & Tom Battenberg – instrumentation: trumpet, flute, alto sax, tenor sax, guitar, piano, bass & drums

 

09) Down on the Bayou – vocal adult contemporary featuring Kelly Delaveris – instrumentation: lead & background vocals, trumpet, alto sax, tenor sax, trombone, guitar, piano, bass, drums & percussion

 

10) All The King’s Horses – jazz waltz featuring solos by Kristopher Keith & Dean Inboden – instrumentation: flute, violin, cello, trumpet, alto sax, trombone, vibes, guitar, piano, bass & drums

 

11) Sleep Tight Leo – contemporary lullaby featuring Chris Young – instrumentation: piano, flute, violin, vibes & bass

 

 

 

Kelly Delaveris – Lead Vocals

Dee Penn – Background Vocals

Andy Woodson – Bass

Byron Rooker – Sax

Chris Young – Piano

Dean Inboden – Guitar

Don Nichols – Vibraphone

Erin Gilliland – Violin

Jim Curlis – Drums & Percussion

Jim Rupp – Drums

Kristopher Keith – Flute & Sax

Luis Gabriel Biava – Cello

Michael Cox – Sax, Clarinet & Flute

Tom Battenberg – Trumpet & Flugelhorn

Vaughn Wiester - Trombone

 

 

The Recording

The Road Home by Retro-Blue was recorded at Lake Hill Sound Studios in Delaware, Ohio, Jim Curlis recording engineer; and Amerisound Recording Studio in Columbus, OH, Dan Green recording engineer. The album was mastered by Tom Waltz at Waltz Mastering. The Road Home was produced and directed by Don Nichols and Project One Productions.

 

 

 

The Road Home

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