CD REVIEW: Frank Villafane - Punto De Vista
By Don Sechelski - 04/27/2009 - 08:41 PM EDT
Artist: Frank Villafane Album: Punto De Vista Website:http://www.myspace.com/frankvillafane Genre: Latin Jazz Technical Grade: 9/10 Production/Musicianship Grade: 10/10 Commercial Value: 7/10 Performance Skill: 10/10 Best Songs: Obsesion, Esperando, Despechado CD Review:
Punto De Vista
(Viewpoint) is the new CD from jazz artist, Frank Villafane. Blending
traditional Latin rhythms and forms with contemporary stylings, Villafane
offers “virtual Latin jazz”. All parts
were composed, arranged, and performed by Frank Villafane.
The CD starts off with a classic cha-cha, Esperando
(Waiting). Villafane’s clean, rhythmic piano style works in a trio with the
congas and bass. Brisas Del Caribe (Caribbean Breezes) is an Afro-Cuban
adaptation of Chopin Waltz Opus 64 No. 2. If Chopin is rolling over in his grave, it’s
to a hot Latin beat. Villafane adds vibes to the mix as the song mellows out.
Obsesion is one of my favorite cuts on the CD. Villafane
covers the Don Pedro Flores classic with style and panache. The ensemble
features muted trumpet and flute along with Villafane’s piano stylings. Despechado slows down the frantic dance
rhythms for a cool oasis of strings and Villafane’s poignant piano. Poignancy
is, in fact, the name of the song that ends the CD. Beginning with a Jaco
Pastorius style bass solo, the short piece quickly morphs into a Brazilian beat
before ending too soon.
Punto De Vista is
the CD for those who love Latin rhythms and cool piano jazz. The arrangements
are interesting and inventive and the production is clean. This is great music
for a party or for or quiet listening, preferably with a glass of wine.
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