There certainly is pride for the cultural contribution Mexico has bestowed on the world, especially those of the country’s Golden Age of cinema and television. The rich film music of that elegant era from the thirties and forties easily matches and in many cases surpasses the well-known standards from that country’s northern neighbor.
The exquisitely enticing internationally renowned singer Magos Herrera is a brilliant exponent of her country’s magnificent musical heritage, as evidenced by her sumptuous sophomore Sunnyside release, Mexico Azul; a twenty first century treatment of several Mexican film standards, brilliantly rendered by an all-star New York City-based cadre of jazz giants, including trumpeter Tim Hagans, guitarist Adam Rogers, pianist Luis Perdomo, bassist John Patitucci, drummer Alex Kautz, percussionist Rogerio Bocatto and producer (and Sunnyside labelmate) Tim Ries, who first featured Herrera on his Stones World CD on the same label.
The ensemble’s silken in-the-pocket Latin jazz stylings are lovingly-laced by Herrera’s throaty, tingling vocals, which rhythmically reanimate the eternal torch songs of Mexican, Cuban, and Puerto Rican composes Augustin Lara, A. Eloy Blanco/M. Álvarez, Pedro Flores, Alvaro Carrillo, Isolina Carrillo, and Pedro Flores.
That blue ambered shades the CD’s eleven selections Herrera are delicate, dancing takes on these Latin standards. The opening number, “Luz de Luna (Moonlight),” the peppery “Noche Criolla (Creole Night),” and the soaring, mestizo scat-featured “Seguire Mi Viaje” are contrasted by the waltzy “Angelitos Negros (Black Little Angels), and the 6/8 Afro-anthemed “Voz Antigua (Ancient Voice),” penned by the Herrera, and the Jobim-like bossa nova treatment of “Que Sea Para Mi (It Is For Me),” and the folkloric fire of “Lamento Jarocho (Jarocho’s Lament).”
Based in NYC since 2008, Magos Herrera graduated from the Musicians Institute of Technology, studied at Mannes College of Music, the New England Conservatory, and privately with opera teacher Konstantin Jadan. She has released her first CD, Cajuina (Independent, 1998), followed by Orquideas Surrantes (JM Distributors, 2000), Whispering Orchids (Opcion Sonica, 2000), Mexican Divas II/III (Opcion Sonica, 2001-2002), Pais Maravilla (JM Distributors, 2003), Magos Herrera Compilation Japan(Mecca Records, 2004), Todo Puede Inspirar (EMI Music, 2005) and her Tim Ries-produced Sunnyside debut, Distancia(2009).
Magos Herrera has toured in Latinamerica, Canada, United States, Spain, India, Japan, China and indonesia, is a recipient of Mexico’ National Grant Program for performing artist 2010-2013 given by National Fund for Culture and the Arts and has been nominated for best jazz performance by Auditorio Nacional in Mexico city among Bobby Macferrin and Bill Frissel.
Magos Herrera · Mexico Azul
Sunnyside Records · Release Date: May 31, 2011
For more information, please visit http://www.magosherrera.com
MAGOS HERRERA CD RELEASE CONCERT “MEXICO AZUL” IN NYC
Monday, May 30, 2011
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola
Jazz at Lincoln Center
Broadway at 60th St., New York, NY 10019
7:30pm & 9:30pm
Students: $10 with valid student ID
Reservations: 212-258-9595 or jalc.org/dccc
Magos Herrera – Vocals
Tim Ries (Special Guest) – Saxophone
Ben Monder – Guitar
Luis Perdomo – Piano
Hans Glawischnig – Double Bass
Alex Kautz – Drums
Montreal International Jazz Festival, July 2
Vail Jazz Festival, July 21
Scullers Jazz Club, Boston, September 14
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Fall 2011
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