6

Luis Munoz: Voz

James Nadal By

Sign in to view read count
There is no need to hurry if one has arrived at the space in time where inspiration and music dissolve into a boundless cascade of emotion. Multi-talented Luis Munoz, has channeled his production skills into a sublime direction on Voz, collaborating with a trio of premier vocalists, augmented by an attuned supporting cast. Though Muñoz contributes his drumming and composing skills, it his sense of trust in others that makes this a special project.

Initiating what is a Latin-American oriented production, Mexican vocalist Magos Herrera has the honor to start the record off on a passionate note with "Preludio Y Fin," penned as an introspective ode to music or life. The exquisite trumpet work of Jonathan Dane on this track certainly deserves recognition and praise. Herrera is also featured on "Argentina," a poignant tribute to Muñoz's departed aunt, and interprets the swaying bolero "Testamento/Mas Alla." She is accompanied solely by the piano of Adam Asarnow on "Amanecer Luminoso," where her phrasing and nuances give proof as to why she is simply one of the best vocalists out there.

Hailing from Brazil, Téka Penteriche is invited to vocalize on "Manantial," a dreamy yet rhythmic number, and goes back to her roots on the nimble samba "Pasion." It is a rare treat to have two outstanding singers on one song, which is the case when Penteriche joins Chilean songstress Claudia Acuna for the duet "Quisiera," a tragic tale of lost love, which hangs on the memory like an ancient song in a sad city. Much of the core group on the record have been with Muñoz since his 2013 release "Luz," which accounts for the cohesion in the instrumentals "Journey Of Saint Augustine,"—done in a trio format with Dane on trumpet, bassist Brendan Statom, and Daniel Zimmerman on acoustic guitar—and "Amarilis," a haunting tango with Muñoz on melodica joining the trio.

The ability to perform such a sensitive music intertwined with jazz, obviously comes from time together and in Muñoz's intent to cast a wide net, confident in that the end justifies his faith in his accompanists. Voz is relaxed, yet restless, exuding strong romantic overtones combined with an illuminating philosophical undercurrent of sentiments and secrets of the heart.

Track Listing: Preludio Y Fin; Manatial; Argentina; Journey Of Saint Augustine; Pasión; Testamento/Mas Alla; Amarilis; Quisiera; Amamecer Luminoso.

Personnel: Luis Muñoz: drums, percussion, keyboard, melodica; Jonathan Dane: trumpet, flugelhorn; Brendan Statom: acoustic bass; Magos Herrera: lead vocals (1, 3, 6, 9); Ramses Araya: bongo, congas (2); Tom Etchart: electric bass (2) acoustic bass (6); Ron Kalina: chromatic harmonica (2, 5); Lois Mahalia: vocals (2); Téka Penteriche: lead vocals (2, 5, 8); Narciso Sotomayor: electric guitar (2); Andy Zuñiga: vocals (2); Adam Asarnow: piano (3, 5, 9); Daniel Zimmerman: acoustic guitar (4, 7); Jana Anderson: vocals; Chris Judge: acoustic guitar (5, 6, 8); Victor Marten: vocals; Randy Tico: bass (5); Kevin Winard: percussion (5); George Friedenthal: piano (6); Claudia Acuña: lead vocal (8).

Title: VOZ | Year Released: 2015 | Record Label: Pellin Music

Tags

Watch

comments powered by Disqus

Shop for Music

Start your music shopping from All About Jazz and you'll support us in the process. Learn how.

Invisible

Invisible

Luis Munoz
Luz

Album Reviews
Extended Analysis
Album Reviews
Read more articles
The Dead Man

The Dead Man

Pelín Music
2017

buy
VOZ

VOZ

Pellin Music
2015

buy
Luz

Luz

Pelin Music
2013

buy
Invisible

Invisible

Pelín Music
2011

buy

Related Articles

Read This Should Be Fun Album Reviews
This Should Be Fun
By David A. Orthmann
April 20, 2019
Read Transoceanico Album Reviews
Transoceanico
By Patrick Burnette
April 20, 2019
Read Pete Seeger: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection Album Reviews
Pete Seeger: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection
By Jakob Baekgaard
April 20, 2019
Read Live in Newcastle, December 8, 1972 Album Reviews
Live in Newcastle, December 8, 1972
By John Kelman
April 19, 2019
Read HUJE 2018 Album Reviews
HUJE 2018
By Jack Bowers
April 19, 2019
Read Farallon Album Reviews
Farallon
By Jerome Wilson
April 19, 2019
Read Burning Meditation Album Reviews
Burning Meditation
By John Sharpe
April 18, 2019