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Brian and Eduardo - Latin Shadowsdotdotdot
artworkBrian (Licorice) Locking (Shadows) and Eduardo Bartina (Los Jets) have been collaborating for a while now with Los Jets. This album is just the two of them recording standards in a light, sort of sidewalk cafe style that's pretty, romantic, and very easy on the ears.
Picks: This Ole House, Wonderful Land, Spanish Eyes, Perfidia, Spring Is Nearly Here, Something Stupid, Atlantis, Maria Elena, The Breeze And I, Jambalaya

Track by Track Review

This Ole House dotdotdot
Country (Instrumental)

Holy cow, someone actually covered this besides the its use as theme to the This Ole House PBS series. "Louisiana Fairy Tale" dates back to Fats Waller. This is fun, bouncy, and light hearted. The lead is played on slide in a country mode.

Wonderful Land dotdotdotdot
Lite Rock (Instrumental)

Jerry Lordan's classic song made so famous by The Shadows is done in a light, romantic style. Extremely fluid, and very easy to like.

Spanish Eyes dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Al Martino's "Spanish Eyes" is softened, with harmonica leads and an airy flow. Bongos gently create a equatorial feel. Very pretty.

Perfidia dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

In a gentle mode, the harmonica lead returns Alberto Dominguez's "Perfidia" to it's pre-rock roots. The drums are a good counter point to the light arrangement. Very nicely done.

Spring Is Nearly Here dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Lush and romantic, this standard flows on the air with simple elegance. Its pretty sound is very pleasant.

Something Stupid dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Lee Hazelwood and Nancy Sinatra's goofy, romantic "Something Stupid" is gently arranged and delivered. Romance, late dinner, moonlit walk... it's all here.

Atlantis dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Jerry Lordan's fluid "Atlantis" is eased into an evening under the moon realm where only simple pleasures are allowed. It's a rather nice track, with a delicate sound.

Maria Elena dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Lorenzo Barcelata's "Maria Elena" has been done many times. It's very smooth here, with superb guitar work. The liquid playing gives it an endearing sound, as does the squeeze box.

The Breeze And I dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Ernesto Lacuona's "The Breeze and I" ("Andalucia") is quite pretty here. The emotional drama of the percussion contrasts with the fluid melody, creating an open feeling, yet rhythmic feeling.

Jambalaya dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Slightly exotic, with slide guitar and accordion, Hank Williams' classic "Jambalaya" gets a bit of a facelift. Much more sidewalk cafe than country, but retaining the country charm. Fun.