When Raul Midón stood on the North Sea Jazz stage for the secondtime, in 2007, he confused India.Arie with Trijntje Oosterhuis. Theblind soul singer was immediately forgiven, because he could havesung a beautiful duet with both ladies that evening. Midón, whostarted his musical career as a background vocalist, is a man ofmany talents. His mouth trumpet playing is a true feast for theears and eyes. With his exuberant podium presence, the Americansinger and guitarist is able to make classical soul accessible to alarge audience. Without any effort, Midón is able to alternatesmooth 70s' soul with deep funk and Latin. Especially on his latestalbum, A World within a World (2007), this diversity can be wellheard. The New York resident, who used to work with greats likeHerbie Hancock and Stevie Wonder, is working on the successor ofthat successful album, although at the moment his attention isfocused on completing his world tour.