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Terry Gomes – The Sand in My Shoes

Jan. 27, 2015

In the mood for some cool, passionate, and rhythmic Latin jazz with all of the exoticism of all of its colors? Canadian Terry Gomesguitarist Terry Gomes offers here on The Sand in My Shoes just what you’re seeking with a 5-track EP of warm Latin grooves. The project was released in the latter part of 2014 and just recently brought to my attention. I decided that it would be a great injustice not to share my thoughts on this airy rather infectious offering.

You hear more than a Latin groove right from the lead track “Look Alive!” Your mind and soul immediately wrap themselves around the delicious scenery of sunny island beaches and palm trees and perhaps a romantic nighttime serenade made just for lovers (try ”Tradewinds” on for size).

There is a lot of cultivated charm here with some very adept guitar work from Gomes who’s joined by a great group of support musicians including Gino Scaffidi on rhythm guitar, Stu Watkins on bass, and a wealth of percussion contributions from René Fortier and Ross Murray.

Not as fiery as a lot of rumba or Nuevo Flamenco music, this project still hits the sweet spot and captures that island mood in an interestingly subtle and gentle manner. ¡Que suave! — Ronald Jackson