On his albums of original music he has collaborated with a host of Grammy Award winners and nominees, including violinist Charlie Bisharat, iconic Brazilian singer Flora Purim, legendary percussionist Airto Moreira, Cuban drummer Horacio 'El Negro' Hernandez, and Persian kamencheh master Kayhan Kalhor, to name a few. His albums have spawned several Billboard Top 30 contemporary jazz radio hits, including 'Infinita' from the album 'Infinita', "Daybreak" from the album 'Elevation' and the Billboard #1 chart-topper, "Moonlight Samba," from 'Espirito'. Massive radio airplay from his Full Circle album landed Lawson on the Top 100 Artists Of The Year Chart in the contemporary jazz genre by RadioWave, which monitors radio airplay on over 2000 channels.
After releasing 4 highly praised studio albums with his popular guitar duo Young & Rollins between the years 2000 and 2006, Lawson's 2008 debut solo album 'Infinita' lived up to its name with a far-reaching series of groundbreaking soundscapes. All About Jazz Magazine called the album "a rewarding gem...easily one of the year's best." The guitarist was praised for his compositional skill and soulful virtuosity. Guitar Player Magazine wrote, "Rollins seduces in so many ways that it's almost unfair." 'Espitito', Rollins' second solo effort, expanded the vision of 'Infinita' with thirteen compositions that delved deeply into the roots of World Music. Upon its release, The All Music Guide described 'Espirito' as an "extraordinary musical trip...splendidly exotic, infectiously melodic." The 2011 album 'Elevation' marked an expressive high point for Lawson as both a composer and performer and broke new ground with an eclectic cast of musicians recorded on-location in Nepal, Iran, and U.S., including avante-garde guitar legend Buckethead, Nepal-based flute master Ruben Kumar Shrestha, Iranian santur virtuoso Pejman Eckhtiari, and many more. Vintage Guitar Magazine wrote, "Even 'world music' seems an inadequate blanket to wrap around what Rollins has created here. But whatever it is, he is a master of it."
Lawson's 2013 album 'Full Circle' offers 12 tightly focused tracks that feature his distinctive guitar work front-and-center, accented by a back drop of world beat rhythms and intimate ensemble instrumentation. Lawson states, 'Full Circle' is somewhat of a return to my roots in a sense, with the focus shifting to a sound that is more centered and grounded in the instrument I know best - the nylon string Spanish guitar." The album quickly rose into the Billboard Top 10 World Music chart after its release.
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