Homework is largely a family affair. Hugo’s wife Gabriela sings on several cuts, son Francisco plays bass, and Alex and Christian play guitar. Brother Jorge, a world-renown drummer with whom Hugo frequently records, isn’t on this CD; however, there’s an ensemble of twelve percussionists on hand to keep the Candombe rhythms firmly in place.
The music on this disc focuses on folk tunes, a few with the surging percussion (especially “El Gramillero,” on which the last three minutes is all percussion ensemble), but more often accompanied only by Hugo’s keyboards, accordion, or guitar. You’ll hear some pop, jazz, and other Latin styles embedded in the work. But you’ll hear more of these genres on the Trio Fattoruso and Ruben Rada CDs, which I will review in the near future. This CD is more home-grown. Hugo is primarily known as a keyboardist, but he sings extensively on this disc and turns in competent performances. Almost all of the vocals are in Spanish, with the exception of the tender lullaby “Can’t Reach,” sung in English to a child he must be away from too often.
Hats off to Neil Weiss for introducing us to this previously under-recorded musical culture! (Big World BW 2020)
Track Listing: Brisas; Milonga Blues; Conmigo; Melodia en Candombe; Atardecer; Agua y Aceite; Aero Rings; Todo Voce; Islands
Personnel: Hugo Fattoruso
Record Label: Big World Music
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