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Sensual is Paraguayan harpist Roberto Perera's sixth album for Telarc's smooth jazz subsidiary, Heads Up. Perera continues his way down an absorbing melody lane with a program of songs played in a manner that will offend no one and will not require very much concentration by the listener to enjoy what's being presented. One track seems to merge into another without much rhythmic or musical distinction. They all seem to be variations on a gentle, Latin-tempo theme. This stream-of-consciousness approach is broken up now and then, such as by the vocals of Luis Enrique and Tommy Anthony on the pop-oriented "Gracias a la Vida" and "Sensual," respectively. Perera is responsible for writing seven of the 12 songs on the program, which may explain the lack of strong differences among the cuts. One of his more charming efforts is a lilting "Cruising Leblon," where he adds sharping levers to his harp, giving the music a honed edge. But regardless of which track is playing, all of them are designed to fit into the overall theme established for the session: sensuality. This atmosphere is created with strong contributions by Michael Levine and his keyboards and programming, creating exotic sounds to complement Perera's harp. Levine also made a couple of contributions to the song list. The work of these two is enhanced by appropriately placed percussive insertions, mostly by Wiso Santiago. Those who find the prettiness and the hypnotizing qualities of smooth jazz appealing will want to add this latest release from Roberto Perera to their collections.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/26/2002
Label: Heads Up
UPC: 0053361306625
catalogNumber: 3066
Rank: 163907

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Roberto Perera   Primary Artist,Paraguayan Harp
Raúl Di Blasio   Piano
Luis Enrique   Percussion,Vocals
Juan Areco   Acoustic Guitar
Ed Calle   Flute,Soprano Saxophone
Tony Concepcion   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Julio Hernandez   Bass
Nando Lauria   Guitar
Lee Levin   Cymbals,Drums
Michael Levine   Piano,Keyboards
Sam Levine   Drums
Nicky Orta   Bass
Abel Pabon   Piano,Keyboards
Billy Ross   Flute
Rafael Solano   Percussion
Dana Teboe   Trombone
Rafael Valencia   Bass
Robert Thomas   Hand Percussion
Jorge Alfano   Wood Flute
Dan Warner   Guitar
Tommy Anthony   Vocals
Wiso Santiago   Percussion
Richard Bravo   Percussion
Dan Feiszli   Bass,Upright Bass
Carlomagno Araya   Cymbals,Drums

Technical Credits

Roberto Perera   Arranger,Liner Notes
Michael Levine   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Dave Love   Executive Producer
David Newsom   Producer
Mike Rivera   Engineer

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