No Hay Palabras
An Evocative Trip All you need to do is close your eyes and let yourself go. This trip will be short, long, full of colors and nostalgia. You will enjoy a musical fusion that results in an elegant sound, sprinkled with rhythms as diverse as boleros, swing, funk, or the cadence of a samba. "No Hay Palabras", Miriam Jarquín and Blues Latino's double CD is all of this: a trip that will take you through a universal sound, without losing it's Costa Rican roots. Here, talent becomes textures and melodies based on the mythical rhythm of jazz, yet condimented by the arrangements of a group that, although it has always stood out for it's particular sound, now experiments more with original music. The repertoire chosen for this production is a mixture of unforgettable Latin American compositions and various themes in English, interpreted with the group's unique style, matured by five years of national and international experience. With a consolidated sound, Miriam Jarquín and Blues Latino invite you to enjoy this new musical adventure, where the pleasure of your senses is the sure destination. ________ They call themselves a blues band. But really, they are a melting pot, a fusion of international influences including boleros and samba, swing and rock, funk and yes, blues. The result is a unique flavor of music, a universal sound, without losing it's Costa Rican roots. Miriam Jarquin and Blues Latino have been a band for more than five years. Throughout that time, they have managed to keep the same line-up, a minor miracle in this age. Miriam is the lead vocalist and Hector Murillo writes songs and plays keyboards for the group. Mario Ortiz mans the bass while Pepe Chacon handles percussion. And Checko Davila is responsible for the tastysaxophone and flute parts. In 2003, they released their self-titled premiere CD on the Costa Rican Papaya Music label. Their new CD, No Hay Palabras (There Are No Words) is self-produced. It's an eighty-minute, two CD affair that clearly defines the band's progress. This is a cohesive group of musicians who obviously are comfortable with each other and enjoy what they are doing together. The production of the new CD, as with the first, is handled by Miriam and Hector, and is meticulous to the point of including the same artist for the CD jacket artwork, Silvia, and to again employ Maria Pretiz to handle the chorale arrangements. The new CD was recorded and mastered at AudioArte Estudio Digital in San Jose and the result is nothing less than sterling. Of the twenty songs, nine are originals penned by Murillo. Three of the cover songs are in English, the rest being recognizable, classic Latin tunes. The first disc opens with 'Quizas, Quizas' and sets the tempo with it's lilty piano, airy flute and that crisp yet sultry voice. The second song, 'Terciopolo' features the sweet sax and the third number, 'Falsas Promesas', introduces the chorus. Just in time for an instrumental, one of five on the two CDs. These guys are even confident enough to give two versons of the title track, 'No Hay Palabras'. On the first disc, it is done in an upbeat tempo, just before the band covers the Tracy Chapman tune, 'Give Me One Reason'. The second disc opens with 'Piel Canela', another great start and the band doesn't miss a beat. The arrangement of songs is superb, without sounding formulaic. They do an infectious cover of the Bobby Thorp classic, 'Route 66' as well as a great delivery of the Johnny Mercer nugget, 'Autumn Leaves'. Between the two, they deliver their second, this time torchy, version of 'No Hay Palabras'. Blues Latino is a band to be reckoned with. The new CD is nothing less than hallmark, elevating the band into a new eschelon. It's exciting to speculate what will come next from these guys. Both CDs are available at Jaime Peligro in Tamarindo, where they will gladly smple the music for customers.