Ultra hip jazz from Puerto Rico Brenda Hopkins Miranda – PUENTES: I’ve been remiss (yet again), and didn’t get back ’round to Brenda’s superbly crafted ultra hip jazz album until just this week (my apologies, Brenda)… after scouting ’round the net, I found this excellent video that shows the players in action on “Preciosa“, one of the best songs on the album…
…as you saw & heard, this is FULL-TILT talent… joining Brenda’s piano are are Manuel Martínez: drums David de León: bass Andrés “Kino” Cruz: percussion Frederick Lashawn: percussion and Christopher de León: guitar… a GREAT video/recording, full of energy & life!
One of the main reasons I elected to review this is to express my support for those in Puerto Rico who are still in need of our support… as you listen to the wonderful percussion that starts “Mueveme el Cafecito” off, your feet will be itchin’ to get up and dance the night away… one of the best Latin-jazz tunes I’ve heard (yet) in 2018.
The first keyword that comes to mind when listening to Brenda and her high-spirit players is “spontaneous”… every track is jam-packed with freedom, emotion and unity… that’s especially true for Brenda’s rendition of “People Get Ready“… inspiring work that will spin over & over again on your player.
My personal favorite of the eleven songs offered up is the 7:52 “Feelin’ Good“… the laid-back vocal intro segues right on into some of the hippest & funkiest jazz you’ll ever listen to.
I give Brenda & her players a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.98 for this splendid album… get more information on Brenda’s website. Rotcod Zzaj
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