The first release for J Curve Sabroso features a tight big band patterned after that of Tito Puente. The lyrics are all in Spanish, but the informative liner notes explain which are boleros, which are merengue, which are salsa and which are Latin jazz. With an effective percussion section that plays crisp and light, role players perform these charts with conspicuously excellent musicianship. The lead singers, all female, provide romantic, sensual, whispered thoughts.
Smokin’ in Havana" should be all about emotional fire and complex rhythms. Instead, it wanders with smooth instrumental solos and a tied-down, routine arrangement. Several numbers provide ...read more