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Latin Lullaby

Latin Lullaby

1998 Music
Ages: All Ages
Performed By: Various Artists
Producer: Ellipsis Arts
CD Price: $15.95
Tape Price: $9.95
Review:
This collection of exquisite lullabies, exquisitely performed, is simply breathtaking. These 17 contemporary and traditional songs - some humorous, some soulful - from Mexico, Brazil, Spain, Cuba and other Spanish-speaking countries, are as varied as their sources. They are universal, however, in their deeply affecting tenderness. A sampling: you can hear the smile in the vocal version of "Drume Negrita," the Afro-Cuban classic from singer/composer Bola Denieve; it is followed by Leo Brouwer's glorious guitar arrangement, "Berceuse (Drume Negrito)" played by Ricardo Cobo. Tish Hinojosa offers a delicate rendition of the traditional Spanish lullaby, "A La Nanita Nana"; the Brazilian "Bambalalao," with Marcus Viana and Ligia Jacques, is a mother's sweet, quirky plea for help from a deity in raising her children. Carolina Landaeta happily renders the buoyant Venezuelan classic, "Duermete Mi Nino"; and singer Mili Bermejo's nuanced vocals in "La Cuna de Tu Hijo," a bittersweet song for parents about a father making his child's cradle, are complemented by acoustic bassist Dan Greenspan's soft, modern jazz accompaniment.
Review   ©1998 Parents' Choice


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