Espinosa, Gabriel

Zoho, 2009CD
Instrument: Guitar

Issue: 15.3

Jazz Ruler Type: Latin
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Performance: 4
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Sound: 4
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O’s Notes: Mexican born bassist and composer Gabriel Espinosa impressed us with this album. He shares the stage with a wealth of good musicians including Claudio Roditi (t), Helio Alves (p), George Robert (sax), and Anat Cohen (cl). His program is mostly original songs along with a few covers. The title accurately describes the music with bossa nova and Caribbean sounds. They start with a harmonically rich arrangement of “Agua De Beber” featuring guest vocalists Darmon Meader and Kim Nazarian. Roditi does a fine job especially on the warm ballad “Morning Breeze”. Alison Wedding sings on two songs that she wrote as well as providing background vocals on a few others. There is strong harmony throughout as Espinosa shows his strength as an arranger harnessing the power a large band with many stars.


Publicist: Jazz Promo Services