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Posted by gabzas331 on November 2, 2016 at 9:05 AM

Susana Pineda – vocals; Luis Salcedo – guitar; Jeff Denson – bass, percussion, backing vocals; John Santos – percussion.

Opaluna is the eponymous first album from this young California based vocal & guitar duo. Their distinctive collaboration brings together jazz , Latin and a range of other traditional and contemporary music. The project was overseen by Ridgeway Arts founder & bassist Jeff Denson, who is also featured in ‘Instinto Ornitologico’, an atmospheric jazz funk piece, and in Does it Rain on the Moon?, a melancholic ballad. Comprising predominantly original songs, sung in Spanish & English, ‘Bridges’ opens the CD with a brief coastal soundscape as a prelude to a breezy acoustic samba funk . Wayne Shorter’s Mahjong and the original Petalos showcase the fluidity & versatility of Pineda’s voice, often used instrumentally to supplement rhythmic passages, or as an additional melodic line. Throughout the album there is a strong sense of rhythm, most evident in Baile de Opuestos (Inchworm), featuring John Santos on percussion. Salcedo’s guitar playing encompasses traditional Latin acoustic, jazz, funk, rock & folk. This variety, supplemented by the selective use electronic sounds & of vocal harmonies, provides dynamic depth and adds texture to the intimate vocal-guitar combination. An original and impressive debut.


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