Joe Fuentes: Joe Fuentes Goes MP3
The album rides along on a relatively even keel, opening with the rather tepid "Dr. Kilo" (I would have expected more excitement from an opening track), and runs through the usual Smooth Jazz paces with the nylon string guitar and drum machine on a collection of rather ordinary ballads. It doesn't help that the accompaniment is rather lifeless itself. Perhaps it’s in the mix? A few tracks do stand out to break the monotony: "Elegancias" manages to stir up some excitement with it's Samba rhythms, and "Hangin' Out" at least uses some piano to offset the over use of nylon string guitar throughout most of the album. It’s rather a shame that Fuentes' guitar playing is as repressed as it is here; he’s a decent musician, but with some better accompaniment and more interesting songwriting that put some life into the recordings, I think he could shine a great deal more. As it stands, this seems to be nothing more than standard Smooth Jazz radio fodder, an unfortunate rut that many players fall into. Pass on this one.
Record Label: MP3.com