Sentimental joyous jazz Gabriel Espinosa – NOSTALGIAS DE MI VIDA (NOSTALGIAS OF MY LIFE): I’ve reviewed a lot of Gabriel’s joyous jazz bass & vocal work, most recently his SONGS OF BACHARACH AND MANZANERO album, but also going much further back than that… he’s gotten consistently high marks from these ol’ ears, but this October, 2018 release is full-bodied and just right for the coming season of joy… just listen to the affectionate tones on “Sambatico“, enhanced very nicely by Kim Nazarian’s wonderful vocal.
After speaking with Gabriel, he asked that I use the following video that features both his bass and vocal work:
…that would be a note for the next release, Gabriel… it would be really wonderful to see a couple of live video performances from the next album on the Gabriel Espinosa YouTube channel.
The horn (as well as the other instruments) on “Tres” (Three) is full-bodied and makes for a very enjoyable tribute to his three daughters; firmly anchored by Gabriel’s magic bass, of course.
A splendid lineup of players really brings the album to life, as well… KIM NAZARIAN – vocals; MISHA TSIGANOV – piano, keyboards; ADRIANO SANTOS – drums; MAURICIO ZOTTARELLI – drums; JIM SEELEY – flugelhorn; JOEL FRAHM – tenor sax; RUBENS DE LA CORTE – guitar; JONATHAN GOMEZ – bongos; JAY ASHBY – trombone and percussion; and CHRISTIAN HOWES – STRING ENSEMBLE… you’ll hear those talented players in full force on tunes like the upbeat “Two After Two“, which also features silky-smooth vocals by Gabriel and Kim.
Of the ten inspirational performances offered up for your jazz enjoyment, it was easy to pick my personal favorite… “Nostalgia” has both haunting vocals and enchanting strings; a perfect song for a road trip, on “replay” for the duration.
I give Gabriel and his high-energy players a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.98 for this excellent sonic journey to joy. Get more information on the Zoho Music page for the album. Rotcod Zzaj
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