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SUREWILL & JDR / Press

“If you’re in the market for good, solid live contemporary jazz entertainment, you would have certainly enjoyed yourself thoroughly at the DC hotspot Blues Alley in the Georgetown area of Washington, DC. Tonight, we were treated to the wonderfully talented yet still surprisingly unheralded California guitarist Joel del Rosario and the personable keyboardist Will (“Surewill”) Clark. What a great groove to witness on the day after the 4th of July!”

“Occasionally, a musical gem will escape my roving eye. Such was the case with guitarist Joel del Rosario who has just released his third album, Coast to Coast, and has actually been in this biz for over two decades. Two decades! At any rate, someone planted a bug in my ear about this talented artist, and I had to pursue him and his latest project to see what all the noise was about him in certain circles. Well, I quickly found out after I popped in this cool, very well-done CD of real contemporary jazz guitar. Del Rosario, who wrote and produced all but two tracks here, has one of the clearest, smoothest sounds and works a chord to perfection. From the lead track, “Hey It’s The Weekend,” I sensed I was truly on to something with presence and a life here. The track bounced with attitude and confidence and, had I not read it in his bio, would have tipped me off that this was no debut release for this cat. ”

“Joel Del Rosario’s music is truly a gift from heaven. His powerful compositions, coupled with his extraordinary playing ability, sets his listeners up for an emotionally spiritual experience they will never forget. Yes folks, he goes there. His new CD Coast to Coast is sure to rock your world. His previous CDs, All Him, and Calming the Storm, are still enjoyed by audiences all over the world. And, Coast to Coast is gaining full momentum in becoming another great hit for this musical genus from San Diego. So, jump on board, and let Joel take you on a deep soulful journey with tunes such as Been Good to Me, Hey It's the Weekend, and of course his title song Coast to Coast. ”

“ Will “SureWill” Clark has had the pleasure of working on projects and performing with the who's who of the music industry. Now he is stepping out on his own to make his mark in the world as a solo artist. I’m just wondering what took him so long. SureWill has definitely stepped into the sunlight with his soon to be released CD titled, Out of the Shadow. This CD is a burst of fresh air that is refreshing and mellow. The uniqueness of his sound let’s, you the listener, know that he surely understands what you want, and does not hesitate to give it to ya! I love when an artist demonstrates the capability of mixing the old with the new. And, that is exactly what SureWill does.”

““From the album title and the soothing textures of his compositions and playing, the goal of Joel Del Rosario (http://www.joeldelrosario.com) is to lift up the listener, bring light into the chaos of a troubled world. Trying to accomplish that without words is no easy task; when notes take the place of lyrics, they have to be able to communicate those messages to the brain. Thankfully, Del Rosario succeeds; this is a relatively upbeat, emotionally engaging album. Del Rosario is no cookie-cutter smooth jazz artist. He plays with a variety of tempos and styles, from the acoustic warmth and playful keyboards of "One Way Street" to the Latin mix on "Padre Burgos" to the classic soul vibes of "True Love Waits." Del Rosario is responsible for all the guitar, bass, and keyboards on the LP yet the album doesn't have the minimalist feel of a one-man band. ” ”

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