Herrera, Magos And Brooklyn Rider / Dreamers
Album: Dreamers   Collection:World
Artist:Herrera, Magos And Brooklyn Rider   Added:Oct 2018
Label:Sony Music  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2018-10-24 Pull Date: 2018-12-26 Charts: Reggae/World
Week Ending: Dec 2 Nov 18
Airplays: 2 1

Recent Airplay
1. Dec 01, 2018: ad hoc variety show
La Llarona, Tu Y Yo
3. Nov 13, 2018: Magnetized Toner
2. Nov 29, 2018: Butter and Jams
La Llarona

Album Review
Margy Kahn
Reviewed 2018-10-23
Half world, half art songs performed with classical rigor by New York-based Mexican jazz singer Magos Herrera and string quartet Brooklyn Rider in Spanish mostly; meant to register a cry against state brutality but fundamentally a work of art; ; great range and variety; the blend of Herrera's resonant voice with the versatility of the strings (the wonders of pizzicato!) really make this a standout

NO FCC's; Favorite tracks: 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11

*1—Nina –6:16 – beautifully rendered poem by Octavio Paz; lovingly sung, compellingty accompanied by violin pizzicato and bowed, drum

2 – Balderrama –5:18 – a little languorous, but always interesting version of Argentine folk song made popular by Mercedes Sosa

*3 – Dreams –4:04 – soaringly sung English translation of a fragment of a poem by Octavio Paz; beautifully punctuated by strings

4 – De Manha –4:31 – somewhat dissonant background to song in Portuguese

*5 – Volver a los 17 –4:59-- exquisite lyrics in Spanish by Violeta Parra about returning to age 17 equally exquisitely rendered by Herrera and the pizzicato and bowing of Brooklyn Rider

6—Milonga Gris – 3:58 –Spanish scat singing by Herrera as Brooklyn Rider completes the mix

*7 –La Aurora de Nueva York Ft. Miguel Poveda –5:28 – quartet sets up nice little pizzicato rhythm which Herrera's voice and bowing weave through; the words document the horrors of capitalism; Herrera's voice has a bit of the roughness of flamenco; crying as much as singing

8 –Eu Vim Da Bahia –4:21 – paean to La Bahia; light and a little fluffy; fun!

*9—Coracao Vagabundo – 5:10 – tender ballad sung in Portuguese

10 –Tu Y Yo – 5:53 – based on a fragment of a poem by Ruben Dario

**11—La Llarona –6:11 – Mexican folk song based on the myth of the the weeping woman-- starts with far-off sounds that continue twinkling and come closer as singer's sad voice gathers steam and violins bow in; waltz rhythm

12—Luz de Luna –3:54 – lost love in the moonlight; evocative

13—Undiu—6:48 – starts with neo-classical “noise” and becomes more tuneful and rhythmic with singer repeating title; a little playful

Track Listing
1. Nina   7. La Aurora De Nueva York Ft. Miguel Poveda
2. Balderrama   8. Eu Vim Da Bahia
3. Dreams   9. Coracao Vagabundo
4. De Manha   10. Tu Y Yo
5. Volver A Los 17   11. La Llarona
6. Milonga Gris   12. Luz De Luna
  13. Undiu