Torres - Sin Palabras ( Without Words)
Torres is a well-know jazz flutist. Although the flute isn't the most
popular instrument in smooth jazz compared to saxophone and
guitar there are some artists which have received much acclaims. Names
like Alexander Zonjic, Paul Rozmus, Peggy Morris, Hubert Laws, Tim
Weisberg or Annie Hilsberg (Yulara) are coming in mind mentioning this
instrument. But certainly there is no way to forget Nestor Torres. In
2001 he won a Latin Grammy for his album "This Side Of
Paradise". What else is a better prove for musical and economic
His new album Sin Palabras (Without
Word) is Torres' Heads Up debut and will be released in March 2004.
More Pop influence than in his latest albums "This
Side Of Paradise" (2001) or "Mi Alma Latina - My Latin
Soul" (2002) will gain a greater audience. Nevertheless Nestor
hasn't lost his Latin charm.
The most important
song on an album is the first song. This song decides if a listener
listens the whole CD and is captivated by the album. Nestor has
recognizes this principle and proceeds to action. The title song is
absolutely hooking. Sin Palabras is a
firework of flute. An easily remembered melody enriched with a lot of
flute choirs and keyboards programming. James
Lloyd, one of the genius of "Pieces Of A Dream",
took a great part of this album and especially this song. The
percussion flavor was played in by Richard Bravo. A real radio hit.
Dulzes (Sweet Lips) is the second incendiary bomb. A mixture of
Salsa, Urban music, Latin and other flammable stuff, burning hot. Put
this song on a turntable in a disco and people will rush to the dance floor.
"Baby Boy" is the singer on this track. To clarify it: It's
nevertheless an instrumental track.
La Silla Donde Te Espere was originally written and performed
by the Latin singer and guitar player Alejandro Sanz, a WEA top
Brisa is a slow ballade with a strong melody, a romantic love
song. Something for quiet moments.
Tonight is more up tempo. Carlo Pennisi had a hand on this
song. Carlo Pennisi is a prolific writer, producer, composer and
flamenco guitar player. Nestor comments: "Carlo has a fresh sound
and a European sensitivity that appeals to me a great deal".
Aprendi is a flash-back into earlier Nestor Torres' times.
Sweet violins are accompanying a devotedly performed flute. The theme
is a Latin classic.
Dance has the same structure as Labios
Dulzes. The influence of Urban Contemporary is immense. Nestor
Torres is such a brilliant flutist that he masters easily the
difficulties of this musical translation.
De Cristal is like a glowing rock-crystal. A wonderful melody,
a melting of beauty and simplicity. James Lloyd on piano and Nestor
Torres on flute are an exquisite duo.
Staring has a fresh hip-hop attitude. Nestor has open a new
door by the cooperation with James Lloyd. I hope to hear more of both.
This music sounds very contemporary and elegant.
Dance, a further co-production with Carlo Pennisi, seconds my
positive impression: This is a new Nestor Torres.
Worries shows anew a modern interpretation, the best side of
Nestor we ever experienced.
Friends of flute will
love this album. But even those who have no connection to this
instrument will be captivated by this sparkling music.