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by Barry Witherden
Most of us are familiar with Afro-Cuban styles, which jazz has flirted with and sometimes wholly embraced since at least the 1940s. The Afro-Peruvian label is probably unknown to most, but Corina Bartra, the director of this project, has been working in this genre for decades, also encompassing various other Latin American traditions, including Brazilian. For some, small doses of Latin jazz may be sufficient--all that clattering percussion and ping-ponging congas and bongos can quickly pall. But Bartra gets the ...read more
by Chris Mosey
Peruvian singer Corina Bartra mixes the Latin-American rhythms of her homeland with the jazz she hears in New York City, where she now lives. She's been doing it for years... decades in fact. Working in a niche market within a niche market, she's met with limited success but has battled on, bravely following her star as time yellows her degrees from Queens College, Long Island University and Mannes College of Music. Bartra's vocal abilities ...read more
by Chris M. Slawecki
Corina Bartra does more than compose and sing in a style that merges music from North and South America--she lives this style by splitting her days between her native Peru and adopted hometown of New York City. Celebration, her fifth release, blends traditional Afro-Peruvian music with contemporary vocal and instrumental jazz, a fusion brought to life by her band of all-stars from both Peru and NYC. You cannot tell which passages are composed and which are improvised. Neither can you ...read more