A LatinJazz Christmas
Bobby Rodriguez has made history. This
is the first recording from one artist of all Christmas music
in Latin rhythms.
Bobby is a superb, high-energy trumpet
player as well as a dynamic and charismatic leader, gifted composer
and skilled arranger and on "A LatinJazz Christmas," he enhances the standard Christmas repertoire with his unique
breed of LatinJazz. Playing with the fiery passion which distinguishes
all of his work, Rodriguez and his seven piece band present the
Christmas classics in a variety of hot rhythmic setting including
Salsa, Cha-Cha, Samba, Bolero and 6/8!
"A LatinJazz Christmas" is perfect for spinning mother
or grandmother around the living room. "Feliz Navidad",
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" and "Silver Bells"
are all tasty Cha-Cha's. "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," "White Christmas" and "Oh Christmas Tree"
all require your best "chanclas para bailar" (dancing
shoes). When you need to catch your breath there are two gorgeous
boleros, "The Christmas Song" and "Silent Night"...perfect
by the light of the Christmas tree. Bobby takes "Jingle
Bells" to Rio de Janeiro with an enjoyable samba, while
Santo Domingo contributes to this Christmas effort with the merengue
"Deck The Halls." "We Three Kings" provides
reflective and haunting moments over a 6/8 rhythm. "Es La
Navidad" and "It's Time For Christmas" are the
same song with both a Spanish and English version in which Bobby
humorously quips, "Mira Santa Claus que gordo esta"
("look at Santa Claus, how fat he is!")delivered, of
course, with respectful affection.
Bobby Rodriguez has expanded the range
of Christmas music. While completely fresh, A LatinJazz Christmas
will find a permanent home next to Nat King Cole's, The Christmas
Song and Johnny Mathis,' Merry Christmas. Like these classic
recordings, A LatinJazz Christmas will help us all build many
fond Christmas memories in years to come.
Bobby say it best, "It's time for
happy thoughts and a time to remind your family that you love
them. It's a time to give." For future generations, Rodriguez
leaves this message, "Go with your heart, it never lies."
We are fortunate that Bobby Rodriguez followed his own heart,
resulting in the creation of this historic recording. It is a
powerful gift from him to us.
Enjoy A LatinJazz Christmas. Feliz Navidad!
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