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Magos Herrera: México Azul [Digipak] *

Track List

>Luz de Luna
>Noche Criolla
>Angelitos Negros
>Seguire Mi Viaje
>Voz Antigua (Homeland)
>Lamento Jarocho
>Que Sea Para Mi
>Tres Palabras
>Dos Gardenias

Album Reviews:

Down Beat (p.56) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[S]he brings a smartness to the album, illuminating certain African influences in Mexican music that many others tend to ignore."

Album Notes

Personnel: Magos Herrera (vocals); Adam Rogers (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Tim Hagans (trumpet); Luis Perdomo (piano); John Patitucci (double bass); Alex Kautz (drums); Rogerio Boccato (percussion).

Audio Mixer: Rich Breen .

Recording information: Bennett Studios, Englewood, NJ (06/08/2010-06/09/2010); Prado Sur Audio Studio, Mexico City (06/08/2010-06/09/2010).

Editor: Alex Venguer.

Photographer: Javier Orgeta.

Mexican singer Magos Herrera tackles songs from movies -- specifically, Mexican movies -- on her latest CD. The arrangements are smooth and jazzy, but not "smooth jazz" -- this is an all-acoustic combo featuring guitarist Adam Rogers, pianist Luis Perdomo, bassist John Patitucci, drummer Alex Kautz, and percussionist Rogerio Boccato, plus trumpeter Tim Hagans on a few tracks. Hagans provides an excellent foil for Herrera on "Azul," her husky, almost Toni Braxton-ish voice balancing his full, flügelhorn-ish streams of notes. The album has a gentle swing almost reminiscent of Brazilian music, and Herrera's delivery of the lyrics shows emotional commitment, but she maintains a dignified restraint at all times, never erupting into melismatic overdrive. Similarly, the band holds itself at bay, with Hagans, Perdomo, and Rogers taking short, melodic solos rather than embarking on lengthy explorations of their instruments. "Voz Antigua" is the most uptempo track here, and it's still a gentle, breezy romp. This is a very chilled-out album that will appeal to fans of Latin jazz, jazz vocals, and Sade. ~ Phil Freeman


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