Raices en Viaje by Proyecto Evocacion is full of surprises (4 stars)

Raices en Viaje by Proyecto Evocacion is full of surprises

The Festival del Caribe gives birth to five-piece set.

(Spherical Records)

Just occasionally an unexpected recording captures a magical moment. So it happened when ex-Happy End trumpeter Loz Speyer got into a basement home-studio in Santiago de Cuba in 2009 at the end of the superb local Festival del Caribe.

The chemistry between Speyer’s beautifully toned trumpet and the laidback style and varied Cuban songs of percussionist Rafael Cisneros, three-string tres guitarist Nestor Lagos, double bass player Yoel Olivera and others is tangible. The resulting five-piece set full of surprises is invigorating and mellow.

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