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If you are looking for a solid-in-your-face-dance-till-you-drop Salsa recording, this one is for everyone who ever felt sorry for those under the tired category of "Artist Deserving Wider Recognition.
The back up vocals, as well as the horn lines, phrase themselves in contemporary Salsa styles, adding themselves to Cerón's authoritative voice and improvisations. Pepper the entire effort with quite solid musicians, as versed in several Hispanic traditional styles as beholden to a true New York flavor, and you will be Cool too.
The arrangements are effective and economical, attacking many well-known classics of the Cuban musical lore. The recording has a feeling of exhilaration based on a steadfast rhythmic foundation expertly laid by the band's brand of swing, which encompasses a hearty alternative between the so-called Classic Salsa and the more recent developments within its ever-expanding horizons. The baritone sax always adds a distinctive feel to Latin danceable grooves, and here, it excels.
Cerón should have allowed, however, more soloing space among these excellent musicians as his type of Salsa is not the crooner type that lends itself to younger audiences. His following demands an aggressive sound, that he can supply if were to forget about trimming the tunes for unlikely radio airplay.
Track Listing: 1. Compay Gallo 2. No hay amor 3. Vendedor de agua 4. Comprensi
As a songwriter and vocalist, I love jazz for the experience of being in the center of intense creativity. It is the most potent form of music for keeping the artist and the audience in the 'now. Being in the moment is essential for humans, and we need help in learning how to do that. As a songwriter, I need the depth of musicality that jazz voicings can give my stories. My songs seem light and whimsical, but the message is not.
I met my main collaborator, Mark Fitzgibbon, at one of his gigs. I needed to do my first original album, and his playing was masterful, robust, and beautiful. At the time, I didn't realize how suited we were as a team. We're onto our 4rth album together.
My advice to new listeners is to listen to a really clear and simple version of a song so you can then hear what the musicians are doing and enjoy their creativity and musicality. Also, you have to see jazz live to appreciate it fully. You'll never feel it the same way listening to a CD or online. You need the vibration to go through your body to really get it!
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