Arturo O'Farrill & Claudia Acuna: In These Shoes
In These Shoes
In These Shoes (Zoho Music ZM 200808)
Michael Mossman (trumpet), Reynaldo Jorge (trombone), Yosvany Terry (sax), Adam Rogers (guitar), Ruben Rodriguez (bass), Dafnis Prieto (drums), Pedrito Martinez (percussion, vocals).
Composed by P. Glenister, K. McColl, W. Correa, M. Lastie; arranged by Arturo O’Farrill.
Recorded: Englewood, NJ
Rating: 86/100 (learn more)
Latin jazz stars and friends in long standing Claudia Acuna and Arturo O'Farrill say they recorded this album just to have fun and nothing else. They say they weren't interested in pleasing "serious jazz cognoscenti" or wanting to "ingratiate themselves with jazz purists." Well, they have come to the right jazz critic in this case because I am neither of those things. I dug "In These Shoes." The song is fun even if I didn't understand vocalist Pedrito Martinez's Spanish lyrics. I still knew what he meant. The tune is basically a friendly suggestive tease between a man and a woman who is wearing some sexy shoes (a shoe/foot fetishist's dream). Acuna, who sings in English on the cut, has a wonderful jazz-inflected voice. Though it is true that most of the album probably would not pass the "jazz smell test," this tune has plenty of Latin jazz elements to qualify.
Reviewer: Walter Kolosky