Guitarist Thom Rotella returns to the airwaves with the lively, ear-catching Can't Stop, a powerful melodic and rhythmic showcase for his electric guitar passion. Rotella has recorded an album of originals&151;energetic funk tunes, moody ballads and lighthearted, spirited smooth jazz.
For Rotella, who traces his influences on the guitar to Wes Montgomery, George Benson and Andres Segovia, Can't Stop is a marked change from his early successes on the DMP label and his Telarc debut, last year's Spirit of the Carols (CD-83403), a mellow compilation of well-known Christmas tunes.
Can't Stop features more rhythmic and dynamic variety. Along with the potent funk of the title track, the set list includes the snappy, breezy romp "What's the Story?," the smoky ballad "Mood," the vibrant, retro-soul-meets-bebop flavors of "Dance the Night Away" and the thoughtful melody of "Lights Out."
The music is enhanced by a lineup of ace musicians, including two superstars of smooth jazz, saxophonist Gerald Albright and trumpeter Rick Braun.
Can't Stop is one of Thom Rotella's most diverse and satisfying recordings to date. A pioneer in the smooth jazz radio genre, he is at the top of his game on the record, showcasing equal parts grace, style and passion.