Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

9

Yolanda Duke: Te Llevo Bajo La Piel

Edward Blanco By

Sign in to view read count
Born in the Dominican Republic but raised in New York City, Yolanda Duke is no ordinary artist. Gifted with a powerful voice and a presence on the stage, Duke has earned the reputation as the "Queen of Latin Soul." On Te Llevo Bajo La Piel (I've Got You Under My Skin), Duke comes out swinging in big band style as she reprises many of the songs found on her previous Many Moods (Amigos Music, 2008) where she sings several standards in English, backed up by The Tito Puente Orchestra. On this album, the singer makes two major changes, the music from these standards are presented in a Latin jazz style and voiced in Spanish. The result of course, is a rare treat as The Great American Songbook goes Latino transforming recognizable melodies from familiar songs into gyrating Latin rhythms delivered by the booming vocals from a sensational singer.

After recording a tribute album to Latin singer Guadalupe Victoria Yoli "La Lupe," who performed with Tito Puente for some time, the percussionist invited Duke to perform with his orchestra as a guest and eventually as a permanent member of the band for several years. Today, she carries on Puente's legacy by performing with his old band around the world. For this album, "La Duke," as she is often referred to, enlists many former members of the old Puente Orchestra and also calls upon trumpet master Arturo Sandoval as a special guest appearing on "Contigo En La Distancia" where Sandoval not only performs a trumpet solo but, also plays the piano.

Opening with loud shouts from the orchestra, La Duke's crisp vocals reaches on a terrific interpretation of the classic Errol Garner standard "Misty," then turns soulful and spicy on the Cole Porter title track "Te Llevo Bajo La Piel." The Latin beat remains strong and percussive on the other Porter standard, "Eso Que Llaman Amor (What Is This Thing Called Love)" while the Ira & George Gershwin immortal tune "Nadie Me Lo Podra Quitar (They Can't Take That Away From Me)," is one of the highlights of the disc displaying the singer's playful vocals with perhaps the best instrumental performance from the ensemble.

All of the above standards, with different interpretations, are found on her previous recordings as are the music from Rafael Hernandez ("Muchos Besos") and Myrta Silva's "Medley Myrta Silva," while the Neil Sedaka song "Extrano Aquellos Anos (The Hungry Years)" as well as the two versions of "Dios, Come Ti Amo!," are original to this album. A truly amazing performance from the Queen of Latin Soul, Yolanda Duke swings and impresses on Te Llevo Bajo La Piel making this marriage of traditional American standards with a big band Latin approach, an engaging and exciting experience worth repeated spins, very well done!

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Shop Music & Tickets

Click any of the store links below and you'll support All About Jazz in the process. Learn how.

Unable to find .

SELECT e.id, e.event_type, e.musician_id, e.entity, e.festival, e.house_concert, e.city as ecity, e.state as estate, e.country as ecountry, e.location, e.dt, e.title, e.country_subd, e.state_subd, e.city_subd, e.advertised, e.start, e.price, e.currency, entity.name AS entity_name, entity.city, entity.state, entity.country, entity.country_subd AS entity_country_subd, entity.state_subd AS entity_state_subd, entity.city_subd AS entity_city_subd, country.abbrev AS country_name, currency.name AS currencyname, entity.ticket_url AS ticket_url, musician.thumb_img AS thumb_img FROM musician_event me LEFT JOIN event e ON e.id = me.event LEFT JOIN musician ON e.musician_id = musician.id LEFT JOIN entity ON entity.id = e.entity LEFT JOIN country ON country.id = entity.country LEFT JOIN currency ON currency.id = e.currency WHERE e.active <> 0 AND e.is_planned=0 AND e.dt >= CURDATE() AND me.musician = ORDER BY e.dt LIMIT 7

You have an error in your SQL syntax; check the manual that corresponds to your MySQL server version for the right syntax to use near 'ORDER BY e.dt LIMIT 7' at line 1