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Entre Cada Palabra
     

Entre Cada Palabra

by Marta Gomez
 
Calí-born vocalist Marta Gomez has brought her delightful pan-American sensibility to New York, displayed on finely wrought albums like this one. She is in every way a continuation of the Latin American tradition of nueva canción, an internationalist conspiracy of socialists and hippy-dippy types that have created the canon of Latin American song. Against

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Calí-born vocalist Marta Gomez has brought her delightful pan-American sensibility to New York, displayed on finely wrought albums like this one. She is in every way a continuation of the Latin American tradition of nueva canción, an internationalist conspiracy of socialists and hippy-dippy types that have created the canon of Latin American song. Against greats such as Caetano Veloso, Mercedes Sosa, Silvio Rodriguez, and Violeta Parra, Gomez brings a literate, light voice that owes more than a little to the understated master vocalists of Brazil. Even her readings of Mexican standards such as "Cielito Lindo" are cool to the touch, delivered with a smile. Gomez's smart ensemble -- guitarist Julio Santillán, percussionist Franco Pinna, bassist Fernando Huergo, and flutist Yulia Musayelyan, who collectively perform as Los Changos -- is joined on this typically lustrous one-take Chesky production by occasional accordion and clarinet. Plying less obvious Latin rhythms from Peru, Uruguay, and Colombia, they bring a radiant warmth to Entre Cada Palabra, whose live recording only underscores the beautifully pure music making happening here. A gorgeous effort.

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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Colombian singer/songwriter Marta Gomez is a wonderful, enigmatic talent. Her voice has the lulling softness that evokes Brazil's female vocal icons, yet there's a depth to her writing that goes far beneath the surface. She's also something of an expert on Latin rhythms -- there are 13 different ones on this disc, all of them rooted in different cultures, from Colombian bambuco to Argentine chamame. But everything is so perfectly put together that you forget the academic side, pulled along by the music and voice. Recorded over just three days, it's a small masterwork. It doesn't matter if you don't understand Spanish, as Gomez evokes delicate moods in her work, each piece beautifully arranged and shaded, with a very live sound. Her last album saw her labeled as a jazz singer, but there's little evidence of that here, possibly quite deliberately. Instead it's an album of low-key Latin music that at times edges toward a more straightforward singer/songwriter stance -- albeit a very classy one (think Joni Mitchell, for example). On the evidence of this and her previous disc, Gomez is a rapidly rising star of genuine quality and inspiration.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/28/2006
Label:
Chesky Records
UPC:
0090368030122
catalogNumber:
301
Rank:
53525

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