Keys To Midnite

by Sono Wabi Sabi

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Keys To Midnite is a quasi-concept album. As music usually does, it sets a mood (or hopefully moods).

Starting with the black and white, "Film Noir" feeling of Park Avenue Beat (featuring the outstanding Bari-Sax playing of Lauren Sevian) and moving through the monkey mind funk of Gridlock Block (featuring one of Marc Shulman's scorching guitar solos).

Next the drum line intro to Time Is the Only Thing foreshadows the rock-y, funky message to come.

Then it's the dream-like reflection of Sono Wabi Sabi's interpretation of Thelonius Monk's aptly titled Monk's Dream (Grammar tips anyone?). Donald Nicks taking a beautiful solo on that one.

Now it's time to walk the dog. Enjoy Greenwich Village, Issac Raz's excellent keyboard solo and Mike Shapiro stretching it out a little towards the end.

The rockin' Don't Answer follows with a message and some more dream like, mood setting music at the end.

Since we're all huge fans of classic soul music, we had to have one on this album. Our Booker T. -esque version of the classic Hayes/Porter penned Sam And Dave hit You Don't Know Like I know is next. It's the dance break before the heavy shit.

The singer-song writer/gospel-ish Keys To Midnite was written last and gave this project it's overall meaning and purpose.

Interpret it any way you like. We hope you enjoy listening to Keys To Midnite and get something out of the experience.

New York City based Sono Wabi Sabi is Isaac Raz and Mike Shapiro helped out by a circle of very busy NYC area musicians and singers.


released February 24, 2020

Isaac Raz - Keyboards, Lead and Background Vocals

Mike Shapiro - Drums, Percussion, Background Vocals

Donald Nicks - Acoustic and Electric Bass

Marc Shulman - Guitars

Nicole Alifante - Background Vocals Track 8

Lauren Sevian - Bari Sax Tracks 1,2,5

The Hambuger Helper Horns Tracks 2,5,7

Recorded At The Carriage House, Stamford CT and The Kibbutz NYC

Mixed By Ric Schnupp

Mastered By Scott Hull At Masterdisk

Album Design by Karen Shapiro

All Songs By Raz/Shapiro Published By

Whole Music LLC/Iona Publishing Co. ASCAP

Copyright Isaac Raz/Michael Lee Shapiro 2019


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Sono Wabi Sabi New York, New York

Isaac Raz is an Emmy award winning composer and arranger. He has worked with Teo Macero And Barry Harris among other Jazz and Pop luminaries. Isaac is the founder of Whole Music LLC. He enjoys running in place, and reading about reading.
Mike Shapiro- has worked with Todd Rundren, Wynton Marsalis and Pierre Boulez among others. He enjoys listening to NASCAR on the radio and full contact golf.
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