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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Vocalist Sofia Tosello has lived in Argentina, Cuba, and New York City, which to a great degree explains her music, drenched with the melting pot of South American and Spanish tones. All of these selections -- including three songs Tosello wrote or co-write -- are sung with lyrics inspired by chacarera, zamba, and tango music, emphasizing the range of emotions Tosello has experienced in her young life. Physically she's cute as a button, but vocally she's more expressive than her demure facade indicates, never whispering or using breathy charm. Instead Tosello is for the most part a pronounced singer along the lines of a young Celia Cruz or Flora Purim, giving the ...
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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Vocalist Sofia Tosello has lived in Argentina, Cuba, and New York City, which to a great degree explains her music, drenched with the melting pot of South American and Spanish tones. All of these selections -- including three songs Tosello wrote or co-write -- are sung with lyrics inspired by chacarera, zamba, and tango music, emphasizing the range of emotions Tosello has experienced in her young life. Physically she's cute as a button, but vocally she's more expressive than her demure facade indicates, never whispering or using breathy charm. Instead Tosello is for the most part a pronounced singer along the lines of a young Celia Cruz or Flora Purim, giving the listener a performance energetic and wise beyond her years. There's no set band on every track, as she uses an array of her international compadres, New York jazz friends including Yosvanny and Yunior Terry, Jorge Roeder, Pedro Giraudo, and various players from recording studios located in N.Y.C., Miami, Madrid, Spain, and Cordoba, Argentina. Because this recording was done in as many as ten studios over a full year's time, and the groups vary in size from vocal/guitar duets to a large ensemble, you get to hear the wide variety of musics lingering in Tosello's head. While fond of the 3/4 time signature, the collective emphasizes differing styles, in the case of "La Clarosa Cruz" a simple, sweet, and spare flamenco, with "La Seca" a Parisian-type love song with accordion, and on Alberto Rojo's "Que Bonito," a spirited plea accented by the clarinet of Anat Cohen. There's a legit Afro-Cuban jazz feel to "Sentirme Libre Contigo" fired up by a three-piece horn section, while the hip and happy "La Verdadera Llama" leaps and lopes in a 4/4 strut inspired by the lead trombone work of Dyan Abad. Throughout the date, Tosello's singing adapts beautifully to the varying adaptations of songs, and is as pitch perfect as any vocalist could dream of. Her comfort zone may lie in the three duets she performs with acoustic guitarist Miguel Rivaynera, whether on the basic "Sin Piel," the traditional sounding "Nacida en Agua De Guerra," or the slow, purely romantic "Nada." Yosvanny Terry's lilting soprano sax gets two feature showcases; on the patient cha/bolero "Me Falta la Imaginacion," and the dark, moonlit, and mysterious title track, as he and accordionist Rob Curros offer sound musical advice to the lovelorn Tosello. The singer, also as capable of breaking hearts as having hers be shattered, echoes those pensive sentiments during "Zambita Pa Mi Coyita" with bandoneon player Hector De Curto echoing wistful refrains. An intriguing and alluring vocalist, it will be interesting to see where Sofia Tosello's music will take her, whether into the hearts of North Americans, or further into the realm of international and popular culture.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/6/2009
  • Label: Sunny Side
  • UPC: 016728123129
  • Catalog Number: 281231

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 La Clarosa Cruz (3:38)
  2. 2 La Seca (4:10)
  3. 3 La Verdadera Llama (5:03)
  4. 4 Que Bonito (3:37)
  5. 5 Me Falta La Imaginación (3:37)
  6. 6 Mi Musita Salteña (3:36)
  7. 7 Sin Piel (3:41)
  8. 8 Nacida en Agua de Guerra (3:04)
  9. 9 Alma y Luna (4:06)
  10. 10 Zambita Pa Mi Coyita (3:34)
  11. 11 Nada (3:52)
  12. 12 Sentirme Libre Contigo (4:02)
  13. 13 Caminos del Cielo (4:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sofia Tosello Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Albert Leusink Trumpet
Yosvany Terry Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Vocals, Chekere
Pável Urkiza Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Palmas
Aquiles Baez Guitar
Hector del Curto Bandoneon
Rob Curto Accordion
Yunior Terry Bass, Vocals, Double Bass
Anat Cohen Clarinet
Franco Pinna Percussion, Bombo
Julio Santillan Guitar, Background Vocals
Osmany Paredes Piano
Rafi Malkiel Trombone
Pedro Giraudo Bass, Double Bass
Yayo Serka Drums, Darbouka, Bombo, Cajon, Palmas
Jorge Roeder Double Bass
Mauricio Herrera Percussion, Conga, Timbales, Djembe, Guiro, Palmas
Byron Ramos Electric Guitar
Pavel Urkiza Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Palmas
Technical Credits
Fernando Aponte Producer, Engineer, Mastering
Ana Robles Composer
Lluis Vidal Engineer
Yosvany Terry Arranger, Composer
Eládia Blasquez Composer
Pável Urkiza Arranger, Composer, Engineer
Aquiles Baez Arranger
Hector del Curto Engineer
Yunior Terry Arranger, Composer
Julio Santillan Arranger
Don Pancho Terry Composer
Alberto Rojo Composer
Sofia Tosello Arranger, Composer, Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Byron Ramos Engineer
Pavel Urkiza Arranger, Composer, Engineer
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