Magela Herrera: Explicaciones (Brontosaurus Records, 2019)

January 25, 2019 at 9:27 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Magela Herrera: Explicaciones

Magela Herrera is a Cuban composer/flautist based in Miami, and her first solo album is an absolute knockout. Her arrangements are complex and dynamic, yet it never feels like she’s stuffing too many notes onto the page. It all goes down easily, but not blandly smooth. She seamlessly blends Afro-Cuban, European jazz (she lived in Norway for a while) and fusion styles, and while all the songs are different, it’s all recognizable as her style. Likewise, the tunes are a mix of original compositions, childhood favorites, and standards, all of which fit together perfectly. She also sings on a few occasions, and her voice is just as stunning and gorgeous as her flute playing. “Danzon Para Papa” is the most traditional-sounding Cuban tune and there’s also a rendition of “Besame Mucho”. Cheers all around.

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