Spicy composition and complex arrangements make this year’s entry to the Latin jazz scene In These Shoes, of Claudia Acuna and Arturo O’Farrill’s, a push-n-play of sizzling and seductive potency. The album steps into the Latin jazz circle with modern calculating rhythms carved out of the classic Latin texture.
This international spin has a heavy-ivory base with crisp strokes executed by Grammy nominated pianist Arturo O’Farrill, who has composed a highly respectable journal for himself. The classic Latino string methods of Adam Rogers flows along side the O’Farrill accompaniment.... add that with the exquisite timing and appeal of vocalist Claudia Acuna, thus the expedition to sway commences. Tempting rhythms and melodies set the disk ablaze with electric momentum.
A powerful cut within this project is the interpretation of Morrison’s "Moondance", the resonance hits you with a compassionate warmth as the arrangement stimulates curiosity. Along with being percussion-heavy with the intro, and the grooves kindle a high degree of anticipation of where O’Farrill is going with this classic, the artist succeeds but not without the up-tempo vocals of Acuna addressing the lyrical groove. Catch if you can, a Coltrane influence buried within the performance!
"In These Shoes" may be crowned the title cut that showcases Acuna’s endearing lyricism however I disagree. The innocent senses of Acuna more pronounce and defining of her attitudes in "Paciencia," a delivery that portrays the humility of man and the equal importance of all things, large and small, in our life. A true to tempo spin which needs more play! In These Shoes has kept the tradition of the Latin sway pure in performance and vibrant without compromising the core values of the cultural opus. This, for the Latin jazz fan is a shelving must.
For those with open minds and hearts, this will not go unnoticed by you.