Colette Michaan – Incarnate Encarna

How about a change of pace? Enter Colette Michaan. In a genre dominated by pianos, saxophones and guitars, it’s refreshing to hear a flutist as leader. Michaan presents Incarnate Encarna (2014).

The ensemble consists of Michaan, flute, alto flute and vocals; Pablo Vergara, piano and keyboards; Reut Regev, trombone; Mireya Ramos, violin and vocals; Gregoire Maret, chromatic harmonica; Jorge Bringas, bass; Roman Diaz, bata drums, congas, bongo, shekere and vocals; Luisito Quintero, timbales, drums, wind chimes and other percussion instruments; Yusnier Sanchez Bustamante, cajon, congas, quinto and vocals; and Harvey Wright, drums.

The title song opens the set. It’s a haunting piece with a subtle, Latin vibe. The main theme is a blending of flute, violin and trombone with plenty of support from the other instruments. Michaan stretches out in free flight. A hint of the main theme highlights the end of her solo. Maret is also featured. The pace and overall vibe can serve multiple purposes: background for a scenic drive, a score for a dramatic movie scene, or a romantic experience.

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