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In These Shoes

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In These Shoes
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Vida Sin Miel
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Paciencia
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Cuando Cuando
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Agua
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Comos Dos Amantes
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Moondance
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Willow Weep For Me
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California
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Jibarito
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Dime
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La Piye
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Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 49:13

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Britt Robson has written about jazz for Jazz Times, downbeat, the Washington Post and many other publications over the past 30 years. He currently writes regula...more »

09.11.08
Arturo O'Farrill & Claudia Acuna, In These Shoes
2008 | Label: ZOHO / CD Baby

Stylish and sexy, yet light-hearted and free-wheeling, In These Shoes feels like the first Arturo O'Farrill record where the pianist isn't beholden to his straight-ahead jazz bona fides or the towering legacy of his father, Chico O'Farrill. Instead, abetted by the game and versatile Chilean vocalist Claudia Acuña, O'Farrill provides marvelous Latin arrangements for such mainstream fare as Van Morrison's "Moondance" and the standard (here sped-up) ballad "Willow Weep For Me." He nods… read more »

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A collaboration between an Afro-Cuban jazz band led by pianist/arranger Arturo O’Farrill and vocalist Claudia Acuña sounds like it should be a rewarding session. Yet in spite of the strong cast of musicians, including guitarist Adam Rogers, trumpeter Michael Mossman, saxophonist Yosvany Terry, and drummer/composer Dafnis Prieto, the CD is slow to get underway, with initially more of a pop emphasis than jazz for the first few tracks. Acuña proves seductive in the playful opener “In These Shoes,” though songs like “Paciencia” and “Cuando Cuando” end up sounding like little more than middle of the road Latin pop. Part of the problem is due to the lack of instrumental breaks in the first few songs, while the vocals are sometimes over-engineered. Oddly enough, it is Van Morrison’s tiresome “Moondance” that helps the CD come alive with a perky Cuban chart, Rogers’ crisp acoustic guitar and the leader’s inventive piano backing Acuña’s magical vocal. The funky cha cha setting of the standard “Willow Weep for Me” is also a lively affair. The invigorating workout of Rubén Blades’ salsa “Dime” would get any audience up dancing. This is still a valuable release, though it falls somewhat short of its potential. – Ken Dryden

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