Joel LaRue Smith: Que Preciosa
Joel LaRue Smith (piano)
Joel LaRue Smith (piano),
Fernando Heurgo (bass), Renato Malavasi (drums).
Composed by Joel LaRue Smith.
Recorded: Westwood, MA, March and August 2007
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
Joel LaRue Smith's "Que Preciosa" is a gentle jazz ballad performed in the guise of a bolero. Smith's solo piano introduction is a case of ten fingers conveying delicate thoughts. Bassist Fernando Heurgo and drummer Renato Malavasi join in this jazz lullaby. Heurgo takes an electric solo that is sometimes busy, but his extra notes do not diminish the mood. Smith meanwhile adds shades of color and Malavasi offers fine brushwork. Smith's solo continues this act of tenderness. You can tell that he and his musicians are totally invested in this heartfelt composition. The intent can be heard in the touch. "Que Preciosa" meets the expectations set by its title.
Reviewer: Walter Kolosky