The first thing that strikes you about Raul Midón is the supple soulfulness of his voice, which sometimes bears a striking resemblance to Stevie Wonder's, who, in fact, did a guest shot on Midón's debut. Next is that despite the similarity there's a lot in his vocal style—subtle jazz shadings, Latin phrasing, multi-octave and multi-textured unveiling of a lyric's every angle—to establish Midón as an original. Finally, there's his guitar work, as fluid, elegant, and expressive as his vocals, if more understated. Blind since birth, raised in New Mexico, the son of an Argentine father and African American mother, Midón has hit another high note with... More >>>