Mi Alma Latina: My Latin Soul

Mi Alma Latina: My Latin Soul

by Nestor TorresNestor Torres


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Much like Gloria Estefan, whose hit "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You" he covers here, the veteran Grammy-winning flutist from Puerto Rico has too often compromised his Latin roots in search of contemporary jazz success. This mostly extraordinary project proves that he's still in deep touch with his heritage, even if he's more or less interpreting Latin classics rather than digging deeper to write his own. While he's a bit restrained on the Estefan tune and romantic pieces like "Besame Mucho," he has a blast blowing his percussive, airy melodies on the many festive jam sessions. His cover of Santana's "Smooth" is slower than the original and a bit more tropical, romantic, and balmy than hard rockin' -- but irresistible nonetheless. Torres recalls his days as a young musician in the '60s with the strutting Willie Bobo street festival-flavored tune "Spanish Grease," interacting beautifully with Abel Pabon's dancing piano. His flute acts as pepper, then part of a brass section over the wild piano foundations of Herbie Hancock's "Watermelon Man." His flute swirling over Teddy Mullet's trumpet and trombone turns Tito Puente's "Ran Kan Kan" into a wild party that just ends too soon. It's all pretty amazing, but why didn't he get real hip and try to cover a Jennifer Lopez tune?

Product Details

Release Date: 08/27/2002
Label: Shanachie
UPC: 0016351509321
catalogNumber: 5093
Rank: 56436

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nestor Torres   Primary Artist,Flute
David Mann   Saxophone
Kim Waters   Saxophone
Edwin Bonilla   Percussion,Timbales
Barry Danielian   Trumpet
Ivan Hampden   Drums
Chieli Minucci   Acoustic Guitar
Abel Pabon   Piano,Keyboards
Daniel Sadownick   Percussion
Andrew Sherman   Piano,Keyboards
Olbin Burgos   Drums
Rohn Lawrence   Electric Guitar
Phil McArthur   Bass,Violin
Rubén Rodríguez   Bass
David Cabrera   Guitar
Tedoy Mullet   Trombone,Trumpet
Chris Parks   Bass
Randi Fishenfeld   Violin
Bernard Davis   Drums
Scott ODonnell   Viola
Don Nestor   Piano,Vibes

Technical Credits

Nestor Torres   Producer
Danny Weiss   Executive Producer
Dave Baker   Engineer
Andrew Sherman   Producer,Engineer
Phil McArthur   Producer,Engineer
Juan Vincente Zambrano   Arranger
Brad Wrolstad   Graphic Design
Nelly Neben   Executive Producer

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