World’s Most Beautiful Latin Love Songs Celebrated On Sensual New Latin Smooth Jazz Album --

New smooth jazz sax-based album shares a passion for Latin Music circa 1940 – 1968, offering boleros, rhumbas, and a waltz, including several songs that are, surprisingly, Latin in origin including “What a Difference a Day Makes."
 
LOS ANGELES - April 16, 2015 - PRLog -- There are two equally fascinating “origin stories” behind the inspiration and creation of Romances Latinos, a beautiful, sensual sweep through eleven of what veteran saxophonist Rusty Crutcher calls “The World’s Most Beautiful Latin Love Songs written by the Greatest Latino Songwriters and Composers of the Twentieth Century.”  The smooth jazz album’s selections include popular Latin songs like “Without You (Sin Ti),” “What a Difference a Day Makes (Cuando Vuelva A Tu Lado),” “I Miss You (Te Extrano),” and “Black Orpheus (Manhã Carnaval).”  Romances Latinos is an instrumental recording featuring a strong cast of players; it released on April 1, 2015 via Crutcher’s independent record label, Emerald Green Sound Productions, and is available both physically and digitally at music stores everywhere.

Jazz aficionados are lauding both Crutcher’s unique subject matter and his musicianship.  Sandy Shore, President/Founder SmoothJazz.com Global, commented "Not since Gato Barbieri's ‘Europa’ have I heard such sensual saxophone playing! Our global audience is embracing Rusty Crutcher's ROMANCES LATINOS. Apasionado!”

Crutcher's reverence for Latin music is clear in his performance, as his tenor saxophone wails, cajoles, screams, cries, and caresses.  The brightly-colored album art is appropriately modern, reflecting the updated Smooth Jazz grooves within the eco-pack.

Crutcher says he is delighted to be in the Smooth Jazz/Latin Jazz arena with this album, which will be promoted to Smooth Jazz radio programmers by Gorov Music Marketing. The recording is a true labor of musical love involving fascinating cultural research and some of the most passionate playing of his nearly 30-year recording career.

Crutcher says the initial spark for the project struck him when he moved from his longtime home in Santa Fe to Victoria, TX to stay with his sister, an accomplished ballroom dancer, to recover from a recent back surgery. He was asked to DJ for a competition she was starring in, and something grabbed him when he began spinning a string of boleros, rumbas, and cha chas as interpreted by Luis Miguel.

“I fell in love with these songs, and began researching their origins and original recordings,” says Crutcher. The era he chose to focus on with Romances Latinos ranges from 1940 “Without You (Sin Ti)” to 1968         “I Miss You (Te Extrano)” and the countries he draws from include Mexico (seven tunes), Cuba, Chile and Brazil with the familiar Luis Bonfa/Antonio Maria piece “Black Orpheus (Manha Carnaval),” from the 1959 Brazilian film “Black Orpheus.”

“The Hispanic culture has been a contributing force to Western Art for many centuries, but the great popular love songs of the 20th Century have largely stayed south of the border and are performed mainly by vocalists,” he says.

“I researched the music for over a year,” Crutcher says, “looking for songs that are part of the Latin music canon and were strongly melodically driven. As a sax player a strong melody would only allow me to soar and to best express the song. The key was authenticity. As I created the original charts and Midi versions that became the foundation for the full production, I knew I wanted instruments like nylon string Spanish guitar, accordion, and lot of percussion for a rhythm filled project.”

Reflecting on one of the more familiar song choices he made for the album, Crutcher adds, “Occasionally a song like ‘Cuando Vuela a tu Lado’ crosses over to become a huge American hit, with the audience not knowing it was originally a Mexican song. I’m speaking of ‘What a Difference a Day Makes.’ The American version was always recorded and performed with a faster tempo—more upbeat and ‘of the American times.’”

Romances Latinos is Crutcher’s first independent release since 2002’s Isle of Avalon. It also marks an exciting creative Renaissance for the versatile composer, multi-instrumentalist, producer, inventor, and Ph.D. candidate, who is using it as a springboard to re-launch his label, which offers both Jazz and Sacred Music. Learn more and listen to clips at www.rustycrutcher.com.

To request copies for Radio Airplay, please contact Cliff Gorov at info(at)gorovmusic.com.  For review copies or media interviews, contact Beth Ann Hilton, The B Company, bethhilton(at)theBcompany.com.

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