JUAN PABLO TORRES - ALGO NUEVO CD

JUAN PABLO TORRES - ALGO NUEVO CD

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RELEASED ON 7.6.2024 ON MR BONGO VIA PROPER


CATALOGUE NUMBER MRBCD293

Released on Cuba's state- owned Areito imprint , Algo Nuevo showcases

trombonist, bandleader, arranger and producer Juan Pablo Torres' unique scope

of sound. A melting pot of an album that weaves together jazz- funk and

traditional Afro- Cuban genres with tripped- out synth touches and dancefloor

grooves.

 

The opener 'Pan Caliente' is a fiery celebration, combining a driving groove with

Latin percussion, feverish horns and infectious "la- la- la" vocals. The wild,

squelching cosmic synth lines give an otherworldly touch to proceedings that sit

nicely on a modern dancefloor. 'Guajira 2001' is perhaps Juan's future-focussed

take on the vibrant style of Cuban dance- led music called guajira . Blistering

bongos, congas and claves moving together with trumpets, trombones and

twanging acoustic guitars that you can't help but bounce to.

 

Other highlights include, 'Cacao', a Cuban cosmic funk strutter that places the

claves upfront, with a scatting vocal line and percussive climax reminiscent of

George Kranz electronic disco anthem 'Din Daa Daa' from 1983. Elsewhere, 'Elvira'

further showcases the psychedelic essence of many of the album's tracks. A

deep Latin workout where tasty percussive breaks and scorching keys blend with

trippy vocals and rumbling synths.

 

A varied album encompassing a variety of Afro- Cuban genres and rhythms

entwined with flashes of mind-bending cosmic influence. Algo Nuevo is a further

jewel in Cuba's musical crown of riches, with plenty of dancefloor treats and

downtempo numbers held within.


Tracks:

1. Pan Caliente

2. Son De Caramelo Para Ti

3. Guajira 2001

4. Cacao

5. Tatagua

6. Rumba De Cajon Op 1

7. Mangle

8. Elvira

9. Mayajigua

10. Asi Son Con El Son