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Rumba Con Flores / Elaine Correa

Elaine Correa - Rumba Con Flores


On her debut, Elianne Correa demonstrates that she's an talented pianist and composer. "Rumba Con Flores" is an eight track LP is woven by her love of Jazz, soul and Afro Cuban rhythms. That fabric is felt right from the start with "Wemilere", a pleasant tune filled with bata drums and a Yoruba prayer courtesy of Cuban Rumba player Gerardo de Armas and vocalist Manuela Panizzo. Cuban trova Yanaysa Prieto and British Congolese Binisa Bonner are the other vocelists on this date. Prieto sings lead on a number of tracks here. Among those include the standout "Rumba Con Flores" and "Aftertaste", the latter is certainly influenced by Correa's love of soul music and is filled with warm and melodic rhythms. Bonner's soulful harmonies provide the perfect compliment Prieto's vocals throughout the recordings. This is a delightful debut that delivers a slice of Cuba while seamlessly fusing other genres as well. Superb musicianship and blissful vocals stamps this as a must have. Correa certainly shapes up as an artist to keep on your radar.

Reg Dancy, 03/16