Nick Colionne – No Limits: Reading smooth jazz guitarist’s Nick Colionne’s bio is overwhelming. At age 15, he became a professional touring artist travelling around the world with the likes of R&B legends Natalie Cole, Al Green, The Impressions, Curtis Mayfield and The Staples Singers. He has also devoted the past 12 years to mentoring children at a suburban Chicago K-8 school while keeping an aggressive touring schedule. No doubt, he is committed to his craft and career and it is only going to get busier with his major label debut, No Limits.
Despite the record’s title, Colionne sticks within the limits of smooth jazz, throwing in a light mix of R&B and blues – not that this is a bad thing. As a guitarist, Colionne is a versatile player that can relax in the groove; just listen to highlights “Ports Of Call,” “On the Edge” and “Take a Walk with Me.” On the flip side, he can solo with the best of them and take the limelight in an instant; “Headin’ Wes Before Dawn” and the funk grinding “Godfather J” come to mind.
Colionne also switches it up a bit by singing on a few tracks, creating my personal favourites. First single “The Big Windy Cat” and “Anyways” feature his effortless, smooth baritone, which he should definitely utilize more often. It would be interesting for Colionne to do a vocal collaboration album with some of the industry’s hottest acts, like Carlos Santana.
This release will appease his current fan base and those looking for a smooth jazz introduction should check out No Limits. (Koch Records)