Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Carmen Cuesta Toda Una Vida Tweety 2014


Toda Una Vida captures the sweeping beauty of the bolero with that sensual touch from the captivating Carmen Cuesta.
 
Brent Black / www.criticaljazz.com
 
For the uninitiated the bolero is a slow  moving form of Latin music with an accompanying dance. The music is uninhibited, free flowing and is equally adaptable to a myriad of cultural influences. 
 It is the organic nature and lyrical direction that allow Carmen along with husband Chuck Loeb and famed Spanish music producer Paco Ortega to bring in a more western tinged improvisational riff without losing anything in terms of cultural authenticity. A solid cast of musicians representing Uruguay, Cuba, and Spain that add to the rich flavor that is the embodiment of what critics love to refer to as the ebb and flow of a recording.

An incredibly intimate journey finds reharms bolero favorites that are painstakingly constructed while maintaining an equally adventurous exploration of the harmonic possibilities available through these compositions. While "Besame Mucho" is certainly the most recognizable tune to the western audience that sadly may pay little attention to Latin or Spanish music, the key to success with Toda Una Vida transcends language. The soulful and soul filled phrasing and intonation from Cuesta communicate far more than a working knowledge of the given language.

Carmen Cuesta takes the conventional boundaries of Latin music and manipulates the vocal approach to a slightly more contemporary feel. Produced by Carmen along with Chuck Loeb and Paco Ortega there is redefined melodic pulse and another stellar release from one of the premier Latin vocalists today.

Tracks: Voy A Apagar La Luz; Quizas, Quizas, Quizas; Contigo Aprendi; Eu Sei Que Vou Te Amar; El Reloj; La Puerta; El Dia Que Me Quieras; No Te Confundas; Dos Gardenias; Como Fue; Besame Mucho; Toda Una Vida.

Personnel: Carmen Cuesta: Vocals; Chuck Loeb: Guitars, Additional Keyboards; Jose San Martin: Drums, Shaker; Antonio "Tono" Miguel; Moises P. Sanchez; Piano, Electric Piano; Yuvisney Aguilar: Percussion; Antonio Serrano: Harmonica (3); Kike Perdomo: Flute (2); Oli Rockberger: Piano: (12).

Special Thanks To Michael Bloom of Michael Bloom Media Relations.