Harp and Soul
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- Released: June 25, 1996
- Originally Released: 1996
- Label: Imports
JazzTimes - 12/96, p.107"Uruguayan harpist Roberto Perera, a noted figure on the international stage, offers often unexpected twists on the Latin jazz genre on HARP AND SOUL. Perera uses his unusual instrument in mesmerizing lead riffs in strange places..."
- 2.Place in the Sun
- 3.Don't Say Goodbye
- 4.Hotel California
- 5.Maybe This Time
- 6.Breathe Again
- 7.Love Dance
- 9.Harp Beat
HARP AND SOUL contains both the full length audio album and a multimedia enhanced version of the album on one CD. The multimedia section of this album includes photos, videos and music which is playable on any multimedia equipped computer.
Personnel: Roberto Perera (Paraguayan harp); Juan Areco (acoustic & 12-string guitars); Ed Calle (flute, alto flute); Abel Pabon (piano, keyboards, drum programming); Manny Patino (electric & acoustic basses); Archie Pena (drums, percussion); Rafael Solano, Robert Thomas Jr. (percussion).
Principally recorded at Criteria Recording Studios, Miami, Florida.
Personnel: Roberto Perera (harp); Juan Areco (acoustic guitar, 12-string guitar); Ed Calle (flute, alto flute); Abel Pabon (piano, keyboards, programming); Manny Patino (upright bass, electric bass); Archie Pena (drums, percussion); Rafael Solano (percussion).
Audio Mixer: Patrice Wilkinson Levinsohn.
Recording information: Criteria Recording Studios, Miami, FL; New River Studios, Fort Lauderdale, FL; Tropical Recording Studios, Miami, F.
Illustrator: Donald Baker.
Photographer: Jerry Hinkle.
Arranger: Abel Pabon.
Praise for Roberto Perera's latest attempt to explore both Harp and Soul must begin and end with accolades for twisting the Eagles' moody "Hotel California" into a Latin, fire breathing fiesta where the jamming guests are having too good a time to check out any time they like. Then he takes a late night powder with a subtle take on Babyface's "Breathe Again." Perera, who plays the gates of St. Peter like a manic acoustic guitarist, spends the rest of the disc either wildly ecstatic (the orchestral tinged hysteria of "Love Dance") or simply breezing through a series of rhythmic romances. While his heritage lends a South American percussion tourism effect, he adds some commercial sheen by going for the everyday North American street vibe on the funky fusion of "Harp Beat." Through all the danceable excitement, Perera mercifully takes a few moments to show us the heart in his harp, most notably on the lilting, lyrical closer, a well-earned, aptly titled "Siesta." ~ Jonathan Widran
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