Eco de Sombras: Echo of Shadows

Eco de Sombras: Echo of Shadows

by Susana Baca
     
 

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Few sounds rise from such humble beginings to reach such stunning sophistication as the music of Peru's black community. From packing-crate drums, jawbone shakers, and ash-box percussion are born fluid, nimble rhythms; from half-remembered chants and Spanish verses come heartbreaking melodies. With her beautiful second album for David Byrne's Luaka Bop label, Susana…  See more details below

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Few sounds rise from such humble beginings to reach such stunning sophistication as the music of Peru's black community. From packing-crate drums, jawbone shakers, and ash-box percussion are born fluid, nimble rhythms; from half-remembered chants and Spanish verses come heartbreaking melodies. With her beautiful second album for David Byrne's Luaka Bop label, Susana Baca builds upon this tradition in surprising ways. ECO DE SOMBRAS -- "Echo of Shadows" -- was produced by Craig Street (Cassandra Wilson, Me'Shell Ndegeocello), and features performances from New York downtown jazz figures Marc Ribot, John Medeski, and others. Fans of Susana's spellbinding, seductively mournful voice and her charismatic performances will recognize the slinky "Valentín," the folkloric "Golpe e' Tierra," and the dolorous "La Macorina." And the unlikely fusion of the nearly forgotten rhythms and chants of Peru's black populace with haunting, avant-garde touches works surprisingly well: Accordions, organ, and even wah-wah guitar accent these ancient songs without overpowering them. Rather than fusty archivists, Susana and her band come across as sly, insinuating song stylists. Reminiscent of another revolutionary synthesis of ancient sources and jazz flourishes, Brazil's bossa nova, ECO DE SOMBRAS crackles with the same kind of gorgeous, urbane energy.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rob Ferrier
On this record Susana Baca delivers yet another solid example of why she is the queen of Afro-Peruvian music. These songs drift by like time in a crowded dirt-floor bar, like the hard sweet-sour of well-made cuba libre. A band composed mostly of well-schooled New York session players provides competent backing. Baca's voice is smooth, her songs and world darkly sinister. Anyone into the sounds of her neck of the woods or serious female singers with a unique voice like Cesaria Evoria will certainly enjoy this. Yet another worthy effort from a woman who refuses to pander to the nouveau hippie crowd.
Rolling Stone - Neva Chonin
...this melancholy voice of the African diaspora continues to open borders, combining the historic sounds of black Peru with the contributions od avant-garde musicians...

Product Details

Release Date:
10/21/2003
Label:
Luaka Bop
UPC:
0680899004220
catalogNumber:
90042

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Susana Baca   Primary Artist
David Byrne   Electric Guitar,Charango,Guest Appearance
Marc Ribot   Electric Guitar,Guest Appearance
Rafael Muñoz   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Cyro Baptista   Percussion,Berimbau,Campana,Guest Appearance
Greg Cohen   Double Bass,Contrabass (Vocal),Guest Appearance
Greg Leisz   Pedal Steel Guitar,Guest Appearance
John Medeski   Organ,Piano,Guest Appearance
David Pinto   Bass,Background Vocals
Rob Burger   Organ,Accordion,Guest Appearance
Juan Medrano Cotito   Background Vocals,Cajon
Zana   Chant
Hugo Bravo   Conga,Background Vocals,Timpani,Quijada,Botija,Yembele

Technical Credits

David Byrne   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Yale Evelev   Executive Producer
Danny Kopelson   Engineer
David Pinto   Arranger
Craig Street   Producer,Audio Production
Tom Schick   Engineer
Susana Baca   Adaptation,Concept,Recreation
Juan Medrano Cotito   Amplifiers
Giuliana Mazzetti   Liner Notes
Hugo Bravo   Contributor,Amplifiers
Felix Vilchez   Recreation
Jose Vazquez   Composer
E. Smith   Composer

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