Chris Cortez: Awakenings
Label: Blue Bamboo Music
Performers: Andrew Lienhard, Chris Cortez, Glen Ackerman, Jeff Mills, Joel Fulgham, John Wooton, Mark Piszczek, Paul Peacock, Ryan Ogrodowicz, Woody Witt
Featuring: Woody Witt, Paul Peacock, Joel Fulgham, Ryan Ogrodowicz, Glen Ackerman, Jeff Mills, Andrew Lienhard, John Wooton, and Mark Piszczek.
After hurricane Katrina forced the guitarist to relocate to Houston, Cortez re-invented himself. His new CD is a collection of aggressive, original, instrumental, latin jazz/fusion tunes.
Cortez burns on an acoustic guitar throughout 10 tracks, impeccably recorded. The sound is modern, fresh, and unique, presenting latin rhythms, odd meters, tight ensemble passages, and extended solos.
The CD is a departure from Mum Is The Word (BBM007-2005), and Hold It Right There (BBM006-2004), in that it contains no vocals, and features Chris in a much more modern musical setting.
Chris forges ahead into brand new territory on Arlington Park, Territorial Imperative, Palmettos, Interlude, Let The Cat Out, Awakenings, The Rose Of Shalamar, The Iguana, Eventide, and Different Strokes.
Cortez' spectacular guitar work is front and center, and all of the supporting cast deliver incredible performances throughout.
|5||Let The Cat Out||5:24|
|7||The Rose Of Shalamar||4:48|