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Cafe Santa Fe

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
In some cases, there is a disparity between the way an artist perceives his/her recording and how the listener perceives it. That isn't to say that the recording is necessarily a disappointment -- it could simply be a case of the recording having one appealing flavor instead of another. And Cafe Santa Fe is a good example. In the liner notes, this instrumental collaboration between Soulfood's DJ Free and Ra Music's Ron Cohen is described as a combination of chillout/downtempo electronica and the flavor of the Southwestern desert. Well, the chillout/downtempo part is accurate, but the Latin flavor that prevails is generally often more Spain than New Mexico or Arizona. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
In some cases, there is a disparity between the way an artist perceives his/her recording and how the listener perceives it. That isn't to say that the recording is necessarily a disappointment -- it could simply be a case of the recording having one appealing flavor instead of another. And Cafe Santa Fe is a good example. In the liner notes, this instrumental collaboration between Soulfood's DJ Free and Ra Music's Ron Cohen is described as a combination of chillout/downtempo electronica and the flavor of the Southwestern desert. Well, the chillout/downtempo part is accurate, but the Latin flavor that prevails is generally often more Spain than New Mexico or Arizona. When one thinks of Latin music in the American Southwest, one thinks of regional Mexican music -- the Mexican culture is as strong in Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, and California as the Cuban culture is in Miami -- and Cafe Santa Fe, for the most part, really feels more like a journey from Madrid to Valencia (by way of North Africa) than a journey from El Paso to Santa Fe to Tucson. Cafe Santa Fe is really a place where electronica's chillout/downtempo aesthetic meets nuevo flamenco more than a place where electronica's chillout/downtempo aesthetic meets norteƱo, tejano, ranchera, duranguense, or mariachi (which isn't to say that regional Mexican music doesn't have Spanish influences -- it has plenty of them, certainly). "Kiva," with its Native American vibe, is arguably the disc's most Southwest-sounding track. But regardless of whether one thinks of Cafe Santa Fe as more Spain or more Southwestern U.S., this laid-back CD is a thoughtful example of electronica and world music coming together. The performances have both charm and character, making Cafe Santa Fe one of the more noteworthy chillout/downtempo releases of early 2006.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/14/2006
  • Label: Soulfood Music
  • UPC: 682947002721
  • Catalog Number: 27
  • Sales rank: 137,240

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Espiritus - Ra Music (6:26)
  2. 2 Cafe Santa Fe - Ra Music (4:37)
  3. 3 Highroad - Ra Music (4:49)
  4. 4 Tumbleweed - Ra Music (5:31)
  5. 5 Rio Chama - Ra Music (4:24)
  6. 6 Diva - Ra Music (4:55)
  7. 7 Endless World - Ra Music (5:14)
  8. 8 Don't Compromise - Ra Music (5:20)
  9. 9 Taos Dream - Ra Music (6:09)
  10. 10 Santa Fe Trail - Ra Music (4:20)
  11. 11 Gypsy - Ra Music (2:29)
  12. 12 Tres Casitas - Ra Music (3:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Soulfood Primary Artist
Rita Coolidge Chant
Brent Lewis Percussion, Shaker
Richard Hardy Flute, Native American Flute, Bamboo Flute
Enrique Toussaint Bass
Stokley Williams Drums
Peter Schimke Organ, Piano, Keyboards, fender rhodes
Ron Cohen Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards
DJ Free Synthesizer
Pedro Cortes Sampling
Estaire Godinez Percussion
Ron Alan Cohen Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards
Anakwad Chant
Technical Credits
Lauren Wood Composer
Peter Schimke Composer, Producer
Soulfood Audio Production
Ron Cohen Programming
DJ Free Programming, Engineer, Mastering, Art Direction, beats, Soundscape
Ron Alan Cohen Programming, Engineer
Andrew Click Mastering
Ra Music Producer, Audio Production
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