Eliana Cuevas – Espejo

Latin music from Canada? Sure. Eliana Cuevas delivers some stunning, South American vibes on Espejo (Alma Records, 2014).

Already a winner for Best Latin Album by Independent Music Awards, Espejo is a set of 10 original songs. Her accompanists throughout are Mark Kelso, drums and percussion; and her husband, Jeremy Ledbetter, piano, melodica, keyboards, Fender Rhodes, mandolin, recorder and percussion. Ledbetter composed “El Tucusito.” An assortment of other musicians contribute to selected tracks. Ledbetter and Cuevas wrote the music for “Agua, Cangrejo Y Sal,” with Cuevas also writing the lyrics. Cuevas gets solo writing credits for the remaining eight songs.

“Estrellita” starts things off. This high-energy, danceable tune features Cueva’s charming voice accented by Kelso, percussionist Daniel Stone and an appearance by Alexander Brown on flugelhorn. Bassist George Koller gets a few licks in as well. Cuevas also layers, singing backup as well as lead.

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