The inspiring title of guitarist/composer Keith Andrew’s highly anticipated new full length album Adventurous Soul speaks not only to the exciting, thrill a minute musical journey the 13 tracks take the listener on, but also to the personal life and spirit of the man himself. An avid outdoorsman, he loves hiking, scampering on rocks and mountain biking.
Andrew brings the same sort of wild, freewheeling spirit to the new project, which features a multitude of stylistic excursions centered around his crisp, high energy guitar lines, infectious melodies and in the pocket, funky grooves. With six tracks produced by top genre hit maker and fellow guitarist Nils and others co-produced by Andrew with Nils, Adventurous Soul draws on Andrew’s foundational love for blues, rock, jazz and fusion while also exploring his musical wanderlust for Latin and world music.
Complementing the 11 originals (mostly penned by Andrew, Nils or a collaboration of the two) are explosive re-imaginings of R&B classics by The Isley Brothers (“Work To Do”) and James Brown (“Pass The Peas”). While inviting many of the regional musicians he works with in Northern California to create the foundational tracks – including some of the band members from his former longtime group Himalaya on “Pass The Peas” – Andrew and Nils brought out some of the genre’s big guns to take these powerhouse tunes over the top. These include saxophonists Jessy J and Eric Marienthal, keyboardist Jeff Lorber and some of the last-ever sessions by late drummer Ricky Lawson.