Longoria is one of the most important and many-sided trumpet-players in
contemporary Smooth-Jazz. He also is a brilliant singer. He worked with
Sting, Foreigner, Buddy Rich, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin,
B.B.King, Boyz II Men and many more. He also has worked as a producer
for many other musicians. On February 7, 2014 David Longoria was awarded
the Best Jazz Artist award for 2014.
Being classically trained, he has a great range of repertoire, from
Classical music to Pop and Jazz, from Flamenco to Salsa and even Disco
On his new album BAILA!, he shows the whole spectrum of his talents.
BAILA ! means the invitation to dance and already the very first track
GO FOR IT underlines the invitation. A trumpet melody, which is easy to
remember, accompanied by a brisk horn section
and some groovy Latin rhythms, which takes the listener into the world
of a Cuban night club, followed by the more smooth ALL SHE DOES IS
DANCE, in which David Longoria changes the
trumpet to a muted one.
BÉSAME MUCHO (originally composed by Mexican composer Consuelo
Velázquez) is one of the best-known Love-Songs of the twentieth century
and has been interpreted by numerous artists. David Longoria presents the song as a stylish tango with bandoneon/accordeon,
Spanish guitars and a string section, followed by the quiet UN BAILE
LENTO with some flowery vocals.
CADENZA, originally is a term, taken from classical music. It is that
part of a solo concert, in which the soloist ist playing a short
improvised passage all alone until the orchestra comes back, playing
the rest of the set together with the soloist. David Longoria does the
same: He plays a short trumpet solo, in which he shows his brilliant
technique on his instrument. It is like an introduction
to the following up-beat LOVING LIFE, featuring Chris Standring on
Guitar; another example of Longoria's keen sense for catchy melodies.
In ZOON BALOOMBA, REFLECTION and DEEPER LOVE, Longoria also integrates
some elements of 'house-' and contemporary pop-music like sequenced
This guy masters every style! DEEPER LOVE also features Cece Peniston as
With NO TURNING BACK Longoria returns to the more Latin flavor of the
beginning of the album. He is supported by the famous Latin-Jazz
musician Poncho Sanchez,
who is also playing a solo on the percussion.
HUMAN NATURE is a reminiscence of the great Michael Jackson, who made
this song famous in the eighties of the last century, before MUY
CALIENTE takes us back to the unique sound of Havana.
LA PUESTA DEL SOL (featuring Marc Antoine on Guitar) is a classical
Smooth-Jazz-Track and invites the people just to dance, while DREAM is
good to chill out a little bit and
to regain strength for the following LOST IN YOUR LOVE (featuring Therése
Neaimé on vocals), a song which certainly rocks the house.
THE GREEN HORNET is an adaption of the famous "Flight of the Bumblebee",
a composition by Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Again David
Longoria shows here his stunning ability on his instrument.
With A CASTLE IN SPAIN (featuring German Flamenco-Guitarist Ottmar
Liebert), we turn back to the more exotic world of Latin-Music. This
song won them a 2008 Hollywood Music Awards
nomination and award for Best instrumental Song and Performance.
This album is a varied and sophisticated mix of David Longoria's musical
work and invites the listener to dance!
So, Ladies and Gentlemen - it's time to 'baila!'
© Markus Michel 2014
David Longoria - baila!
Release day: 2014
Label: Del Oro Music, Studio City, Ca.
Produced by David Longoria
01. Go for it! (Dalé)
02. All she does is Dance (Baila)
03. Bésame Mucho
04. Un Baile Lento
06. Loving Life (featuring Chris Standring)
07. Zoon Baloomba
09. Deeper Love (featuring Cece Peniston)
10. No Turning Back (featuring Poncho Sanchez)
12. Human Nature
13. Muy Caliente
14, La Puesta Del Sol (featuring Marc Antoine)
16. Lost In Your Love (featuring Theres Neaime)
17.The Green Hornet
18. A Castle In Spain (featuring Ottmar Liebert)