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Salinas

Luis Salinas

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Album Review

This is the mainstream recording debut of Luis Salinas, the young Argentinian guitarist/composer whose admirers include Chick Corea and the late, great Brazilian guitarist/composer Baden Powell. Salinas plays both electric and acoustic guitar on this set of his own compositions, fronting a quartet that includes the popular Sammy Figueroa on percussion. At first blush, given the continuous layer of synth violins, the sound seems to fit the familiar formula of "smooth" jazz. Yet while the music is largely relaxed, it's more varied and interesting than the usual "lite" fare — it has real drums and a clear sense of direction. Salinas offers a personalized mix of bossa nova, salsa, Argentinian folk music, bolero, and jazz; the percussive accents and expressive range of the guitar and piano keep the mix from blending too smooth. Most of the tunes are taken at mid-tempo; the distinctive high points are the ballads. Salinas captures the dreamy sound of Jobim's melodic successor on "For Ivan Lins," and sings in Spanish with considerable soul and class on his beautiful "Count on Me" and "Back to the Place I Love"; on the latter, he also salutes one of his mentors, George Benson, when he vocalizes the guitar lines. The closer is "Blue Zamba," a lovely solo track that belongs squarely in the tradition of the great Latin acoustic players, but with a whiff of Joe Pass as well. All told, a very promising debut.

Customer Reviews

One of the best

This album is amazing. Exellent sound, outstanding music. Every one who likes jazz should buy this cd.

Wonderfull Album

He's an extremely talented musician and as a really cool style of playing guitar. I can listen to it all day

Beautiful

He is a true artist. His music hits all ranges beautifully. One of the very few best. Many thanks, vielen dank, muchas gracias.

Biography

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Argentinean self-taught guitarist Luis Salinas started playing at a young age, mostly influenced by his family and local musicians. Soon he teamed up with Adolfo Abalos, Horacio Salgan, Jaime Torres, and Maria Graña and had the opportunity to participate in their recordings. After signing up to GRP, the contemporary jazz performer debuted with Salinas in 1996, followed by Solo Guitarra,...
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