Ode aan Nat King Cole door de mooiste stem van Cuba: Issac Delgado. M.m.v. Freddy Cole, nat`s broer. 2010 release.
One of the leaders of the Timba movement returns with perhaps the smoothest release of the year, paying homage to an artist, many Latinos love for his Spanish recordings: Nat King Cole.
Those who have followed Issac musical trajectory know this man can croon the pants off anyone but on this recording he takes that to a whole new level. His voice is on point, his swagger is justified, the musicians are superb and did I mention the voice?
"Perfidia" starts with Brian Lynch`s trumpet sounding so sad you wonder where this is going, and then that velvety voice kicks in and it’s transformed into a light jazzy summer swing.
"Piel canela", by Puerto Rico’s excellent songwriter Bobby Capo gets a light Cha cha feel to it, while "Ay, cosita linda" picks up the tempo just a bit, sounding more cubano than anything else on the recording and again Mr. Lynch is killing it on trumpet.
But the showstopper here is "Quizás, quizás, quizás" where Freddy Cole (Nat’s brother) joins Mr. Delgado on vocals. Here Freddy’s deep voice (he also sings on "Aquellos ojos verdes") compliments Issac’s smooth voice making this duet the rendition of the year.
Listening to this recording makes you appreciate even more the talent of Nat King Cole. The versatility, the commitment and passion it took for him to sing in another language without sounding corny. Also, more than anything, this release is a reminder that no matter what our political views are, when you hear sounds of this magnitude nothing can shatter the human spirit. A Must Have! (review by Salsapower)
2. Quizás, Quizás, Quizás
4. Ay, Cosita Linda
5. Suas Mãos
6. A Su Mirar Me Acostumbré
7. Piel Canela
8. Aquellos Ojos Verdes
10. Yo Vendo Unos Ojos Negros
11. Hojas Muertas
12. No Tengo Lágrimas
Issac Delgado: vocals
John Di Martino: Piano
Charles Flores: Bass
Dafnis Prieto: Drums
Pedro Martínez: Congas, Percussion
Brian Lynch: Trumpet, Fluegelhorn
Ken Peplowski: Clarinet, Tenor sax
Conrad Herwig: Trombone
Romero Lubambo: Guitar
Xiomara Laugart: Chorus
Issac Delgado, Jr.: Chorus
Freddy Cole: Special guest vocals