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Album Review

Keyboardist Luis Muñoz composed nine originals for his fifth CD as a leader, varying the instrumentation to give the listener a diverse experience of modern and traditional Latin music, though often with a few twists. In "Luz del Sur," the infectious theme detours at times to a modified mariachi setting, where Jonathan Dane's trumpet is complemented by John Nathan's marimba and Bill Flores' pedal steel guitar. Guest alto saxophonist David Binney fits in perfectly in Muñoz's world, appearing in the lively "Sobrevivencia." The leader even throws in a twist or two. His contemporary gospel vocal number "Hymn" featuring singer Lois Mahalia in a decidedly non-Latin setting, while the leader sits out the bittersweet ballad "Esperanza," which showcases classical guitarist Chris Judge (who overdubs a second line in spots) and bassist Tom Etchart. Wrapping the session is the elegant "Tango y Sangre de la Media Noche," featuring violinist Laura Hackstein, while Muñoz adds a bit of background color by overdubbing an alto flute and a synth line through a pad. Luis Muñoz's refreshing approach to Latin music should win him a wider audience.

Customer Reviews

One of my favorite albums so far this year. Brad Walseth (Jazzchicago.net)

Luis Munoz - "Invisible"
(Pelin Music)
Acclaimed Costa Rican composer/producer/percussionist/pianist Luis Munoz's work has been rightfully hailed worldwide, with his previous two releases Vida (2004) and Of Soul and Shadow (2007) receiving excellent reviews and numerous awards. No doubt Munoz's latest release will continue to cement his reputation as one of the finest and most creative Latin Jazz artists alive, as Invisible is a luminous work full of beautiful subtlety and life spirit. One of my favorite albums so far this year.
Brad Walseth (Jazzchicago.net)

INVISIBLE: REVIEWS
"Listening to this recording, experiencing its warm embrace, I can only marvel that Luis Muñoz does not have wider visibility. The Costa Rican-born composerʼs music begins with the subliminal qualities of his native roots, then blossoms into a creative expression that transcends boundaries reaching from jazz to classical to pop and beyond." "Muñoz is a talent who should be far more widely heard."
(Don Heckman , The International Music Review/Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Journalism 2010 award from the Jazz Journalists Association )

“A+ to the music and the performances, highly recommended.”
(Lee Prosser/Jazzreview.com)

“No doubt Munoz's latest release will continue to cement his reputation as one of the finest and most creative Latin Jazz artists alive, as Invisible is a luminous work full of beautiful subtlety and life spirit.”
(Brad Walseth/jazzchicago.net)

“This project should be on the top shelf of every serious collectorʼs library.” (Karl Stober/ejazznews.com)

“With Invisible, Muñoz has created a framework that dimensions his music in all of its beauty and essence.” (Allaboutjazz.com)

"Luis Muñoz thinks with an open palette of sound. His vision of music is as sweeping as the eye can see and absorbs a wide spectrum of color and tone texture, from the sophisticated rough and tumble of the trance-like sound of Afro- centric worship music to the delightful swing of idiomatic phrases that spring from the joyous spirit of jazz. He also draws from the habanera to the calypso and tangos and rondos and other European forms of ecclesiastical music to the heartfelt emotion of gospel. There may be other composers and musicians who “hear” music like Muñoz, but his background in special geometry enables him to see the sound of music sitting on virtual lines and between spaces. This is why his music—especially here, on Invisible sounds as if the sounds are as close to breathing as musical notes will ever get.
(Raul Da Gama, Latin Jazz Network)

"With “Invisible”, Muñoz has created a work of radiance and nuance, alternately fiery and placid, diverse yet wonderfully cohesive.”
(Jeff Tamarkin/JazzTimes Magazine)

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