228

Paquito D'Rivera: 100 Years of Latin Love Songs

By

Sign in to view read count
This CD is wonderful! In addition to being an exquisite listening experience, it also serves as a textbook (textdisc?) for gaining an understanding and appreciation for the various styles of Latin music that have developed throughout the century. The format is ten songs, each selected from a different country, and each from a different decade (see track listing below). John Lannert of Billboard magazine provides an informative paragraph describing each selection in the liner notes.



D'Rivera's playing is sensitive and superb throughout. He divides his attention between the soprano sax (50%), alto sax (25%) and clarinet (25%). The well-chosen ensemble, made up of bandmates from the Caribbean Jazz Project, several guitarists, and the omnipresent Luis Conte on percussion, are tight and crisp throughout. Heads Up labelmate Roberto Perera graces "Ay Ay Ay" with his seductive Paraguanan harp. There's not a weak link in the entire program, but a few highlights include "Acercate Mas," which owes its familiarity to the fact that Nat King Cole recorded an English version called "Come Closer to Me," the Jobim chestnut "Corcovado," and the driving, rhythmically infectious Ruben Blades tune "Sin Tu Carino."



This is one of those rare CDs that serves well both as a studied listening experience, and as background music for dinner or a romantic evening. (Heads Up HUCD 3045)



Tracks: La Morocha (Argentina, 1905); Ay Ay Ay (Chile 1915); Tu Mariposa (Colombia, 1920); Vereda Tropical (Mexico, 1936); Acercate Mas (Cuba, 1940); Amor Sin Esperanza (Dominican Republic, 1957); Corcovado (Brazil, 1960); Sin Tu Carino (Puerto Rico/U.S.A., 1976); Amor Sin Medida (Venezuela, 1987); Corazon Partio (worldwide, 1998). (46:14)


Title: 100 Years of Latin Love Songs | Year Released: 1999 | Record Label: Heads Up International


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Elusive CD/LP/Track Review Elusive
by Geno Thackara
Published: September 23, 2017
Read Transitions CD/LP/Track Review Transitions
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: September 23, 2017
Read Door Girl CD/LP/Track Review Door Girl
by Hrayr Attarian
Published: September 23, 2017
Read Incidentals CD/LP/Track Review Incidentals
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: September 23, 2017
Read Heart Knows CD/LP/Track Review Heart Knows
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: September 22, 2017
Read Jersey CD/LP/Track Review Jersey
by Geno Thackara
Published: September 22, 2017
Read "America's National Parks" CD/LP/Track Review America's National Parks
by John Sharpe
Published: November 11, 2016
Read "Mind Behind Closed Eyes" CD/LP/Track Review Mind Behind Closed Eyes
by Chris M. Slawecki
Published: November 22, 2016
Read "Copenhagen Live 1964" CD/LP/Track Review Copenhagen Live 1964
by Mark Corroto
Published: May 30, 2017
Read "Meeting At The Parting Place" CD/LP/Track Review Meeting At The Parting Place
by Dave Wayne
Published: October 1, 2016
Read "Pocono Git-Down" CD/LP/Track Review Pocono Git-Down
by Jack Bowers
Published: March 19, 2017
Read "Tribute to Ndouga Dieng" CD/LP/Track Review Tribute to Ndouga Dieng
by Geno Thackara
Published: May 10, 2017

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.