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Travesías

Travesías

by Susana Baca
     
 
More than four years after her previous release, Espíritu Vivo, Afro-Peruvian singer Susana Baca picks up just where she left off with Travesías, as though no time had passed at all. Her singing is still as strong and emotional as ever, her interpretations of traditional and classic songs are just as interesting and fresh, and the affecting subtlety that

Overview

More than four years after her previous release, Espíritu Vivo, Afro-Peruvian singer Susana Baca picks up just where she left off with Travesías, as though no time had passed at all. Her singing is still as strong and emotional as ever, her interpretations of traditional and classic songs are just as interesting and fresh, and the affecting subtlety that her band brings to the pieces only heightens the haunting beauty of Baca's timeless voice. While most of the lyrics on Travesías are in her native Spanish, she also, in her constant pursuit to explore other music and apply her own style to it, sings in Portuguese (with Gilberto Gil on "Estrela"), in Neapolitan (on Vincenzo DeCrescenzo's love song, "Luna Rossa"), in Haitian Creole (for her plaintive cover of Frantz Casseus' "Merci Bon Dieu"), in English (in her interpretation of Damien Rice's "Volcano," to which she also adds her own Spanish vocals), and in French (for her Latin blues version of Maxime Le Forestier's "Né Quelque Part"). The precision of both Baca and her band allows for all of these explorations to occur without anything seeming out of place. In fact, the whole album is so consistent in its pretty, temperate sound that it has a very atmospheric quality to it. The songs are gentle and poignant without coming across as forced or corny, and each note, either played or sung, is so achingly gorgeous that it's almost impossible to not feel attached to each one. Because of this, Baca is able to sing love poems about women by Manuel Scorza and Pablo Neruda ("Guillermina" is also found on Lamento Negro) with complete sincerity, as if she had written them herself. She feels the music just as strongly as the writers felt the words, and this emotion is transferred into the listening experience. Her love of what she does is sensed by anyone who hears what she sings, which certainly makes Travesías a wonderful album.

Editorial Reviews

Boston Globe - Saul Austerlitz
Baca's voice slithers and slides through a series of tasteful, meticulously composed tracks.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/09/2006
Label:
Luaka Bop
UPC:
0680899006323
catalogNumber:
90063
Rank:
249540

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Susana Baca   Primary Artist,Vocals
Gilberto Gil   Vocals
Marc Ribot   Guitar,Choir, Chorus
David Pinto   Ampeg Baby Bass
Craig Street   Choir, Chorus
Kevin Breit   Guitar,Mandolin,Choir, Chorus,Cavaquinho
Joel Jose Guzman   Accordion,Double Bass
Juan Medrano Cotito   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Clavinet,Cajon,Hand Clapping,Yembele
Ames Asbell   Viola
Sara Nelson   Cello
Leigh Mahoney   Violin
Tosca String Quartet   Track Performer
Sergio Valdeos   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Baglama,Hand Clapping,Requinto
Colby Rose   Choir, Chorus
Annalee Santos   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Gilberto Gil   Composer
Pablo Neruda   Poetry
Violeta Parra   Composer
Stephen Barber   Orchestration
Frantz Casseus   Composer
Yale Evelev   Executive Producer
Chet Himes   Engineer
Chris Jenkins   Engineer
David Pinto   Arranger
Craig Street   Producer,Audio Production
Kevin Breit   Composer
Matthew Cullen   Engineer
Maxime le Forestier   Composer
Susana Baca   Arranger,Composer,Concept
Juan Medrano Cotito   Arranger,Composer
Traditional   Composer
Ricardo Pereiro   Management
Tim Ronaghan   Engineer
Damien Rice   Composer
Hugo Bravo   Arranger
Sergio Valdeos   Arranger,Composer
Elin K. Smith   Engineer
Manuel Scorza   Poetry

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