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En Este Momento

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Claudia Acuña, one of the most creative and emotionally compelling vocalists to emerge in the past decade, makes her Marsalis Music debut on En Este Momento. The Chilean native places her personal stamp on Spanish-language classics by Victor Jara, Ruben Rada and others, while displaying her own growth as a songwriter with the originals Tulum and That s What They Say. With the support of her longstanding band, featuring pianist and musical director Jason Lindner and guitarist Juancho Herrera, plus a guest appearance by producer Branford Marsalis, Acuña has created a powerful recital that reveals how jazz has been globalized by a new generation of international artists who blend the music s heritage and their own cultural resources in a manner that is both musically challenging and overflowing with feeling.

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"...she has mastered the essential elements of jazz with startling effectiveness." -- Don Heckman, The LA Times

"...strength and grace..." -- Ben Ratliff, The New York Times

"...the voice of an angel..." -- Ed Morales, Newsday

"Claudia has great instincts, and is one singer who is actually a musician - one of us." -- Branford Marsalis

"Claudia sings in the tradition of the great ones. Her sound is her own." -- Abbey Lincoln

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1. El Cigarrito
2. Te Recuerdo Amanda
3. Tulum
4. That's What They Say
5. El Derecho De Vivir En Paz
6. Contigo En La Distancia
7. Cuando Vuelva a Tu Lado
8. Vuelvo Al Sur
9. Sueno Contigo
10. La Mentira

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 7, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Marsalis Music
  • ASIN: B001T46TJW
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,503 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ron Standerfer on April 10, 2009
Format: Audio CD
When offered the opportunity to review En Este Momento, Claudia Acuna's latest album, I jumped at the chance. I am a huge fan of Latin Jazz in general, and Claudia Acuna in particular. Once the album arrived, I wasted no time in ripping open the cover and getting down to business. I was not disappointed. The music in En Este Momento is awesome.

Some CDs grab you by the throat during the first song and by the end of the album, the hook is in you so deep you can't escape. Others come on to you with slow intoxication, seeping through your consciousness like a mellow liquor. For me, En Este Momento provided the latter kind of listening experience. The first time I listened to the album I knew I liked it but wasn't quite sure why. On the second and third listenings, I became immersed in multiple layers of appreciation as I listened carefully to each song. On the fourth round, it all came together and I was hooked. That's when I decided that this was my kind of music!

On the surface, Latin Jazz seems like a relatively uncomplicated music form; but the truth of the matter is, to play it well both vocal and instrumental performers must continuously strive to remain in that sweet spot between the two genres. With her rich and mellow alto voice Ms. Acuna seemed to accomplish this difficult task almost effortlessly, exploring songs ranging in emotion from romantic and sensuous to edgy and borderline avant-garde; all the time adhering to the essential elements of jazz.

Much credit is also due to the world class musicians who performed with her in the album, including: Jason Lindner (piano), Juancho Herrera (guitar/mandolin), Omer Avital (bass), and Clarence Penn (drums, cajon, percussion).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rick Cornell VINE VOICE on June 1, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I write from the perspective of one who was unfamiliar with Claudia Acuna until this c.d. As such, I don't have anything else of her catalogue in my memory bank to compare.

I am very impressed with Ms. Acuna's voice. She has a beautiful instrument, and sings with much emotion. That is probably a product of the program she has chosen here. She sings 3 songs written by Victor Lara, for example. He was the great poet of Ms. Acuna's native Chile, who was assassinated by the Pinochet government in the early 1970's. "Te Recuerdo Amanda," in particular (track 2), is stunning.

She also writes an unforgettable song, "That's What They Say," a tome to the children who are the uncounted casualties of war. Also noteworthy is her original "Tulum," about getting back to nature on the Yucutan Peninsula in Mexico.

Most of the songs here are written and sung in Ms. Acuna's native tongue, Spanish, and thus are relatively unknown to these WASP American ears. One exception, of course, is "Cuando Vuelva a tu Lado," or "What A Difference A Day Makes," sung with much more restraint than is ordinarily the case.

This disc is beautifully produced by Branford Marsalis for Marsalis Music, a division of Decca. If I had to make one critique, it is that so much of this program sounds like variations of "emotional saudade" that I'd like to hear a more varied program. And I have no doubt that Claudia Acuna could do that. But the idea was to sing the songs that move her. And she moves us in the process. RC
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