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Tejanas Lisa and Roberta Morales sing to honor their mami, Doña Gloria Morales, interpreting significant standard fare from the Latin American popular songbook. Their harmoniously fortified duo interpretations, backed by excellent musicians, fail-safe lyrical gems and arrangements, inflect the material at hand with their fresh, enjoyable, danceable, and melodically romantic personalities.
Sisters Morales don’t shy away from assailing interpretive challenges that often prove fatal for many Hispanic and Latin American singers. Witness, for instance, their interpretation of the following boleros : “Alto tonto,” “El despertar,” “La media vuelta,” and the Classic “Adoro” by Armando Manzanero. If you dare go on a Texas stage to sing these tunes –as the Sisters Morales often do– you better know what you are doing, as the audiences are already endeared towards them, age or ethnic background notwithstanding. For the most part, Sisters Morales, pull off just the right sancocho of sensuality, sweetness, romance, rhythmic impetus and panache to elicit satisfactory smiles and living room close-dancing with a real or imaginary partner. In “La media vuelta,” however, their slight Anglo accent robs the tune some of its natural cadence and rhythmic strength as the “r” sound in Spanish is not exploited, to say the least.
The remaining material in this niftily mixed and recorded production, is cojonuda and proudly Mexican in nature - and Sisters Morales don’t miss the beat one bit either.
As a kid, my mom told me I'd like jazz. I thought she was nuts. Then I went to hear Cannonball Adderley (with Nat Adderley, George Duke, Walter Booker, Roy McCurdy and Airto) and everything changed. Yeah, mom knows best.