CD Review: Joan Soriano, El Duque de la Bachata


Joan Soriano coverJoan Soriano, El Duque de la Bachata [iASO Records, 2010]

CD + DVD
www.iasorecords.com

It would take a pile of adjectives to adequately describe the music on this album. We could start with delightful or catchy, perhaps, but we should quickly add melodious, animated and danceable. Then there’s luminous, effervescent and sparkling, which all belong even if they’re pretty much synonyms. Potent fits. Candid too, and rootsy. Some “in” words: infectious, involving, intense. Vivacious, yes; rhythmic, definitely; beautiful, absolutely.

This guitar-based, acoustic music, known as bachata, comes from rural Dominican Republic, therefore – no surprise – it is infused with that amazing, unquenchable Caribbean human spirit. And on hearing Soriano’s assured take on the music, it’s clear why he has acquired the title “The Duke of Bachata”: he’s a natural at it, both in his singing and guitar-playing. The enchanting documentary film on the accompanying DVD illustrates that point perfectly; it shows how Soriano represents the younger generation of bachata musicians with all the enthusiasm and enhancements expected of the young, but as the film also demonstrates, there is no doubting his commitment to the essence of his art form.

So I highly, highly recommend this wonderful music and its well-designed packaging. Accompanying the CD and DVD is a booklet with informative liner notes by Ned Sublette, whose expertise on Caribbean cultural matters I came to respect in reading one of his books. El Duque de la Bachata is a remarkable set, an undoubted and easy choice for my “top-ten” albums of the year.

Joan Soriano on National Public Radio.



About Ted Boothroyd :

Ted has enjoyed music all his increasingly lengthy life. He has gone through various favorite artists along the way, from his mommy crooning lullabies at crib side to his dad singing folk songs on car trips to The Everly Brothers to Ian and Sylvia to The Dave Brubeck Quartet to The Lovin’ Spoonful to The Kinks to The Miracles to Ravi Shankar to Tchaikovsky to Pentangle to Miriam Makeba to The Red Army Chorus and Band to Captain Beefheart to Gilbert and Sullivan to The McGarrigle Sisters to The Clash to Louis Jordan to The Flying Bulger Klezmer Band to Manu Chao. He has trouble choosing favorites when it comes to reggae - that fixation has been too longstanding and too complete. Ted started writing about music late in 2002 with a book review in The Beat, continuing with book and album reviews until the magazine's untimely passing. His association with Jahworks.org dates back to 2003, and he has hosted a couple of radio shows featuring reggae and "world music". Ted also sculpts in plaster and wood. | View all posts by Ted Boothroyd

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Ted has enjoyed music all his increasingly lengthy life. He has gone through various favorite artists along the way, from his mommy crooning lullabies at crib side to his dad singing folk songs on car trips to The Everly Brothers to Ian and Sylvia to The Dave Brubeck Quartet to The Lovin’ Spoonful to The Kinks to The Miracles to Ravi Shankar to Tchaikovsky to Pentangle to Miriam Makeba to The Red Army Chorus and Band to Captain Beefheart to Gilbert and Sullivan to The McGarrigle Sisters to The Clash to Louis Jordan to The Flying Bulger Klezmer Band to Manu Chao. He has trouble choosing favorites when it comes to reggae - that fixation has been too longstanding and too complete.

Ted started writing about music late in 2002 with a book review in The Beat, continuing with book and album reviews until the magazine's untimely passing. His association with Jahworks.org dates back to 2003, and he has hosted a couple of radio shows featuring reggae and "world music". Ted also sculpts in plaster and wood.

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