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Sancocho

Sol y Canto

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Album Review

Sancocho is a dish found all over Latin America, consisting of a mix of various vegetables, spices, and meats, creating a delicious "stew." Sol y Canto's debut album for the Rounder label is aptly named after this Latino culinary delight. From boldly played son ("Tierra," "Sol y Agua"), to stirring son jarocho ("El Cascabel"), to vallenato that rocks like the ocean ("Nacio Mi Poesia"), Sancocho combines ingredients that would seldom be found together elsewhere. And it is a rich dish, indeed. Under the direction of virtuosic guitarist Brian Amador, the ensemble grooves as comfortably in any one style as the other. The bell-like voice of wife and lead vocalist Rosi Amador brings a delicate and ethereal quality that while adapting to each new environment, makes each her own. The opportunity to hear the inventive soloing of saxophone/flute player Jon Weeks is a treat to the ears, as is the swinging groove of percussionist Renato Thoms. Sancocho, a beautiful tapestry of acoustic sound, makes for a very comfortable listen, and certainly a strong first impression for this ambitious group of musicians. While each composition adopts a new style, and a new corner Latin American world as its own, all are undeniably Sol y Canto. ~ Evan C. Gutierrez, Rovi

Biography

Genre: Latino

Years Active: '90s

Launched by Rosi and Brian Amador (who in 1984 co-founded Flor de Cana; the band broke up ten years later), Sol y Canto use dance rhythms from various countries (Cuban son, Spanish flamenco, Colombian cumbia, Puerto Rican bomba). The band is truly multicultural, including members from Venezuela, Chile, Puerto Rico, Panama and the United States. Rosi (vocals) and Brian (guitars, vocals) are joined by Edilio Bermudez (bass, vocals), Eugenio Huanca (quena, zamponas, vocals), Renato Thoms (congas, bongo,...
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