In These Shoes

In These Shoes

by Claudia Acuña
     
 
A collaboration between an Afro-Cuban jazz band led by pianist/arranger Arturo O'Farrill and vocalist Claudia Acuña sounds like it should be a rewarding session. Yet in spite of the strong cast of musicians, including guitarist Adam Rogers, trumpeter Michael Mossman, saxophonist

Overview

A collaboration between an Afro-Cuban jazz band led by pianist/arranger Arturo O'Farrill and vocalist Claudia Acuña sounds like it should be a rewarding session. Yet in spite of the strong cast of musicians, including guitarist Adam Rogers, trumpeter Michael Mossman, saxophonist Yosvany Terry, and drummer/composer Dafnis Prieto, the CD is slow to get underway, with initially more of a pop emphasis than jazz for the first few tracks. Acuña proves seductive in the playful opener "In These Shoes," though songs like "Paciencia" and "Cuando Cuando" end up sounding like little more than middle of the road Latin pop. Part of the problem is due to the lack of instrumental breaks in the first few songs, while the vocals are sometimes over-engineered. Oddly enough, it is Van Morrison's tiresome "Moondance" that helps the CD come alive with a perky Cuban chart, Rogers' crisp acoustic guitar and the leader's inventive piano backing Acuña's magical vocal. The funky cha cha setting of the standard "Willow Weep for Me" is also a lively affair. The invigorating workout of Rubén Blades' salsa "Dime" would get any audience up dancing. This is still a valuable release, though it falls somewhat short of its potential.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/09/2008
Label:
Zoho Music
UPC:
0880956080826
catalogNumber:
200808

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Claudia Acuña   Primary Artist,Vocals
Michael Philip Mossman   Trumpet
Renaldo Jorge   Trombone
Reuben Rodriguez   Bass
Adam Rogers   Guitar
Arturo O'Farrill   Piano
Dafnis Prieto   Drums
Yosvany Terry   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Pedrito Martínez   Percussion,Vocals

Technical Credits

Michael Philip Mossman   Arranger,Horn Arrangements
Angel "Cachete" Maldonado   Composer
Van Morrison   Composer
Hank O'Neal   Executive Producer
Arturo O'Farrill   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
A. Testa   Composer
Lenine   Composer
Dan Lieberstein   Producer,Audio Production
Gary Chester   Engineer

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