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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.
Performance CreditsMarta Gomez Primary Artist,Guitar,Percussion,Vocals
Evan Harlan Accordion
Fernando Huergo Electric Bass
Anat Cohen Clarinet
Franco Pinna Percussion,Drums
Julio Santillan Guitar,Background Vocals
Alejandra Ortiz Background Vocals
Yulia Musayelyan Flute
Technical CreditsDavid Chesky Producer
Norman Chesky Executive Producer
Quirino Mendoza Composer
Rick Eckerle Engineer
Nicholas Prout Engineer
Julio Santillan Arranger,Producer