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Los Jets - Latin Breezedotdotdotdot
artworkThis is a CD full of very nicely done romantic instros in a generally Spanish-Euro style, with echoed guitar and easy rhythms. There is innocence and occasionally childlike fun here, along with real warmth and excellent playing. It's mostly not surf, but it is a very enjoyable instrumental release.
Picks: Amapola, South Of The Border, Desafinado, Point Of View, Magic Is The Moonlight, El Choclo, Reptile, Brazil, Besame Mucho, Cerezo Rosa, Breeze, Cielito Lindo

Track by Track Review

Amapola dotdotdot
Euro (Instrumental)

This beautiful rendering of Joseph LaCalle's classic "Amapola" is very lively and rich. Its fluid delivery and very liquid notes are quite endearing.

South Of The Border dotdotdotdot
Euro (Instrumental)

It's interesting to me how many bands have covered Herb Alpert's light hearted "South Of The Border" in the last decade, most notably Pollo Del Mar. This has similar charm and inviting warmth. Quite nice!

Desafinado dotdotdot
Euro (Instrumental)

This is a soft and cool version of Stan Getz' famous tune. It's very gentle, and very soothing. The lead work is delicate and very inviting. It brings a satisfied grin.

Point Of View dotdotdot
Euro (Instrumental)

"Point Of View" uses a bouncy rhythm track that is kind of tropical club easy. The piano is very engaging via its light circling notes, and the overall track is romantic late night cool.

Magic Is The Moonlight dotdotdot
Euro (Instrumental)

A light energy carries this along a lovely path in the evening where the scent of exotic flowers float through the air. Imagery abounds as the band plays this beautiful song.

El Choclo dotdotdotdot
Euro (Instrumental)

More speed and flippant energy than most tracks here, this splendidly catchy rendering of Angel Villoldo' 1903 tango ("The Ear Of Corn") simply drags you in and makes you grin. It's hard to imagine that you can sit entirely still while Los Jets are out front with this. Wonderful!

Reptile dotdotdot
Euro (Instrumental)

There is hot-blooded energy in this sinewy number. "Reptile" is warm and very pleasant.

Brazil dotdotdotdot
Euro (Instrumental)

This is a splendidly bouncy and infectious cover of "Brazil," with lots of great percussion and liquid flow. It engages and makes you grin. A fine arrangement and performance. Ary Barroso's "Aquarela do Brasil" has been done a few times in surf and rock guitar instro forms, most surfily by the Velaires.

Besame Mucho dotdotdotdotdot
Eurosurf (Instrumental)

There's a sort of gentle fire about the way Los Jets play Consuelo Velasquez' "Besame Mucho." The dual surf rhythms give it a very surfable flair. It's a thoroughly enjoyable track with lots of energy and motion. A few wonderful whammy chords add a greater sense of the surf.

Cerezo Rosa dotdotdotdot
Euro (Instrumental)

This has long been a grinner. There's something childlike in the melody that is just hard not to like. The long sustain notes make it one of those songs that you hang on, that get the audience interacting with it. "Cerezo Rosa" ("Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White") is very well done here, with great warmth and charm. You can almost imagine the Halibuts doing it.

Breeze dotdotdot
Euro (Instrumental)

"Breeze" is an easy going song with a basic riff and light hearted melody that's been around for a very long time. This is a pleasant afternooner.

Cielito Lindo dotdotdot
Euro (Instrumental)

Quirino Mendoza's classic Mexican song "Cielito Lindo" (aka "Pretty Cielito" and "Little Linda") is presented with Castilian warmth and charm in lieu of the standard Mariachi sound. It's a very enjoyable track, great for an afternoon party.