The bare-shouldered, dark-haired beauty leaning on the balcony in a pensive posture on the cover of pianist/composer/arranger Roger Davidson's latest Latin music exploration, Pensando En Ti
, appears to be "thinking of you," with romance on her mind.
Of late, Davidson has explored various Latin genres: the tango, on Amor Por El Tango
, and the bossa nova with his treatment of Richard Rodgers' music on Rodgers in Rio
(both Soundbrush Records, '04). With Pensando En Ti
, Rogers immerses himself in the bolero, perhaps the gentlest, dreamiest and most romantic of Latin sounds. The music sounds like a close cousin to Charlie Haden's classic Land of the Sun
, with its beautiful, understated melodicism floating over the cool rhythmic burble of the bolero, a song style that originated in Cuba in the late-nineteenth century and spread throughout the Latin world.
There's nothing cerebral or challenging to the ear here, just a cool, seductive listening experience. These are the sounds of romance, suited well for a relaxing night with with a glass of your favorite spirits and the object of your romantic desire.
Track Listing: Para Nosotros; De Mi Corozon; Someos Novios; Ven a Mi; La Gloria Eres Tu; Mi Amor; Tres
Palabras; Mi Dolor; Te Quiero; Rumba Feliz; Esta Tarde Vi Llover; Mi Sueno; La Estrano;
Pensando En Ti.
Personnel: Roger Davidson: piano; Ignacio Berroa: drums; David Finck: bass; Marco Granados: flute;
Francisco Navarro: guitar; Kenny Rampton: trumpet; Pernell Saturnino: percussion.