Monday, February 28, 2011

Vinicius Cantuaria & Bill Frisell: Lagrimas Mexicanas (2011)

Bill Frisell and Vinicius Cantuaria‘s new album, Lagrimas Mexicanas, epitomizes a union of extraordinary musicians. Frisell’s and Cantuaria’s own music have clearly distinctive origins, but with complimentary styles. Through the blending of emotive rhythms and harmonies, and the melding of classic and experimental sounds, the two artists have found an easy home with one another. Lagrimas Mexicanas is scheduled for release on January 25, 2011 via Entertainment One Music. – JamBase
At Ronnie Scott’s last week, American guitarist Bill Frisell and Brazilian singer-songwriter Vinicius Cantuaria captivated the crowd, yet couldn’t quite capture the nuance and texture of this remarkable album. Lagrimas Mexicanas is Cantuaria’s collection of aural snapshots of Hispanic life in New York, traditional Latin materials sublimely transformed by cross-genre borrowings, which Frisell colours from his inimitable palette of jazz, blues and country sounds. Balefully angular electric guitar lines, bent-synth noises and bluesy wah-wah effects crisscross the coolly confessional Mi Declaracion. There’s a rockabilly feel to Cafezinho, a choral glow to El Camino (with Frisell making huge chiming sounds like churchbells), a Beatlesesque pop-ballad lilt to Lagrimas de Amor, and a Scott Joplinesque bounce to Briga de Namorados before it blurs into spacey impressionism. Calle 7, a standout track inspired by a walk down Seventh Avenue, is an irresistibly swinging song that manages to be both meditative and to capture the urgent streetlife. It’s a little classic. – Guardian
1. (07:02) Mi Declaracion
2. (05:01) Calle 7
3. (02:33) La Curva
4. (04:33) Lagrimas Mexicanas
5. (04:59) Lagrimas de Amor
6. (01:35) Cafezinho
7. (03:30) El Camino
8. (05:08) Aquela Mulher
9. (04:39) Briga de Namorados
10. (01:53) Forinfas
Bill Frisell & Vinicius Cantuaria
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