Tuesday, April 8, 2014

CD Review: "Te Llevo Bajo La Piel" by Yolanda Duke

 Latin Jazz comes in many forms, but Yolanda Duke's latest effort makes a clear statement that the king of the Latin big band, The Tito Puente Orchestra is hard to top.  Yolanda has been performing with the current Tito Puente Latin Jazz Orchestra using some of the old wonderful charts that just come alive on this CD. Personally I love the Latin Jazz sound because there are so many variations that never get old.  What makes this new CD extra special is that it includes covers of some great songs out of the Great American Songbook. Singing the lyric for "I've Got You Under My Skin" and other classics in Spanish is not easy but Yolanda Duke does it beautifully. The album even has a sub-title "The Great American Songbook Goes Latino".

Yolanda Duke brings the listener many years of experience with Latin Jazz and all its rhythms. Whether Merengue, Ballads, Bossanova, Salsa or Bolero, Yolanda clearly has a mastery of Latin Jazz.  She has performed in many venues, but she found her sweet spot when she joined the Tito Puente Orchestra and toured the world from 1994 to 1997. She has a clear, strong voice and she is not afraid to show it. One really special song on the CD is "Contigo En La Distancia" that was arranged, produced and performed by the great Trumpet Star Arturo Sandoval. The CD will be available for sale on April 15, 2104 at all fine retailers.

                                                       List of Songs
1. Le Neblina De Tu Amor (Misty)

2. Te Llevo Bajo La Piel (I've Got You Under My Skin)

3. Contigo En La Distancia (Performed by Arturo Sandoval)

4. Eso Que Llaman Amor (What Is This Thing Called Love)

5. Muchos Besos

6. Dios, Como Te Amo

7. Nadie Me Lo Podra Quitar (They Can't Take That Away From Me)

8. Luna Azul (Blue Moon)

9. Medley: Myrta Silva 

10. Extrano Aquellos Anos (The Hungry Years)

11. Dio, Come Ti Amoi (Italiana Version)

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