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David Longoria – Baila!

Jan. 29, 2014

Now, here’s a zesty change of pace. Trumpeter David Longoria’s new release Baila! provides that comfortable place in your space where you can just let go and salsa, merengue, cha cha, and more.David Longoria CD

There is warmth, exoticism, and great percussive rhythms to most of these Latin tracks, all with the majestic accompaniment of the romantic trumpet.  In fact, along with Longoria, the horn section – comprised of Jon Bradley, Paul Nowell, Dan Kareuki, and James Allen — paints a great picture of this landscape of sound.

The heat of the up-tempo tracks (e.g., “Go For It! (Dalé! and “Muy Caliente”))  is easily matched by the tender melodies found on the slower tracks (e.g., “Un Baile Lento”).  Then, there are the smooth Michael Franks-like rhythms and feel (try out “All She Does Is Dance (Baila)).”

Longoria nails the sensual nature and essence of Consuelo Velázquez’s “Bésame Mucho,” and that oh-so-convincing trumpet is right on target again.

Many songs here represent the very exotic makeup of Latin music, and the previously mentioned “Un Baile Lento” easily serves as a case in point. This is the perfect song for that special evening. It has the sway, the caress, and the whisper of promises that bring two people to that exquisite place.

To keep it all relevant, Longoria then spins into a track that sweetly merges Latin and contemporary jazz vibes, the mid-tempo jazzer, “Loving Life,” featuring guitarist Chris Standring laying down the guitar chops.

And so, over and over on this album, Longoria treats us to the shades of electric that are part of the Latin jazz fabric. There’s even that “house music” or disco vibe that never seems to age completely (listen to “Zoon Baloomba” and “Deeper Love” featuring  the wonderful CeCe Peniston on vocals).

Working through this generous 18-track project with zeal and energy, Longoria makes sure to place the emphasis on the listener’s satisfaction, and you can tell from his efforts to maintain a great rhythm and a great melody for each track. A super Latin groove. – Ronald Jackson