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Venezuelan Zinga Son, Vol. 1
     

The Venezuelan Zinga Son, Vol. 1

by Los Amigos Invisibles
 
Los Amigos Invisibles sure know how to make fans wait. Not only did four years elapse between their second and third discs, but The Venezuelan Zinga Son spends a full six songs before going about the business of moving butts. But anyone who's seen Venezuela's No. 1 dance band live knows that this hypnotic tropical house-music set replicates their natural (club

Overview

Los Amigos Invisibles sure know how to make fans wait. Not only did four years elapse between their second and third discs, but The Venezuelan Zinga Son spends a full six songs before going about the business of moving butts. But anyone who's seen Venezuela's No. 1 dance band live knows that this hypnotic tropical house-music set replicates their natural (club) environment, and they also know that sedate becomes frenetic by the time the Amigos are done. Produced by Masters at Work, whose expert fusion of soul jazz, house, and Latin grooves makes them more than logical partners for the band, The Venezuelan Zinga Son is a concerted effort to deliver an entire evening of club music in just under an hour, ranging from down-tempo lounge beats to Latin grooves to funk to house. Brazilian-inflected jazz primes the atmosphere for the horny beats to come, and they do -- after an expertly crafted buildup. "Gerundio" exchanges the dreamy, harmony-rich acid jazz for MAW-type beats but follows with "Ojos Cerrando," an organ-centric salsa number that sounds like something scored from the cassette rack at a Guatemalan truck stop, and a boogaloo "Majunche" that should please fans of Arepa 3000's "Cuchi Cuchi." "Calne" features cheeky coro singing, in-the-pocket percussion, and trombones for extra barrio flavor, but it's lit from within by a supple, George Benson–inspired guitar solo from José Luis Pardo. (Pardo's incredibly driving rhythms and scorching leads not only define the LAI sound, but he was deployed to lethal effect on "Little" Louie Vega's solo album.) "Bruja" finally delivers the trancelike jazzy house that the MAW label would promises, replete with scorching guitar solo, closing an album that's a party in itself.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
Some things are absolutely certain. No matter how cold and endless the winter may seem, summer will eventually come, and with it a plethora of Latin-tinged dance grooves designed for chill days on the beach and hot nights in the club. The Venezuelan six-piece Los Amigos Invisibles know this, which is probably why on their third album they left the worldbeat cul-de-sac of David Byrne's Luaka Bop label in favor of the less internationally specific realm of house music, teaming up with Nuyorican dons Masters at Work to produce The Venezuelan Zinga Son, Vol. 1. But fortunately for the group, Louie Vega and Kenny Dope refuse to just rub them down with house grooves and send them on their way. In fact, contrary to what most folks would expect from an album bearing the iconic MAW logo, most of the tracks here are light-footed Latin numbers, with "Esto Es Lo Que Hay" and "Calne" sounding like pure traditional music played overhead in your corner pupusaria. But the boys do groove ahead on "Ease Your Mind" and "Una Disco Llena," which might have you believing these beats were made with samplers, rather than the real thing. Blending original roots with big-city beats, Los Amigos Invisibles already have their thongs (the sandals) on. ~ Joshua Glazer, All Music Guide

Product Details

Release Date:
05/04/2004
Label:
Luaka Bop
UPC:
0680899005425
catalogNumber:
90054
Rank:
195282

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Amigos Invisibles   Primary Artist,Group
Jimmy Bosch   Trombone,Guest Appearance
Luisito Quintero   Percussion,Timbales,Soloist,Guest Appearance
Mauricio Arcas   Percussion,Background Vocals,Group Member
Julio Briceño   Percussion,Vocals,Group Member
Armando Figueredo   Keyboards,Background Vocals,Group Member
John Scarpulla   Saxophone,Guest Appearance
José Luis Pardo   Guitar,Background Vocals,Group Member
Juan Manuel Roura   Drums,Background Vocals,Group Member
José Rafael Torres   Bass,Bass Guitar,Background Vocals,Group Member
Herman Mejía   Vocals,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

David Byrne   Executive Producer
Steven Barkan   Engineer
Yale Evelev   Executive Producer
"Little" Louie Vega   Producer,Audio Production
Dimitri from Paris   Producer
Kenny Dope   Producer,Audio Production
Amigos Invisibles   Composer
MASA   Cover Art,Cover Illustration
Dimitri   Audio Production
Julio Briceño   Producer
José Luis Pardo   Composer
Herman Mejía   Introduction

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