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El Guero Azul

by Bobby Kapp

El Guero Azul The Blue White Boy is a compelling and driving musical adventure full of risks,hair pin turns and romance.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. Power Chords
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2. El Guero Azul
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3. Get Out of Town
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4. Fly Me to the Moon
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5. God Bless the Child
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6. Old Mexico
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7. A Nightingale Sang in Barkeley Square
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8. Mexico City Blues
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9. Naima
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10. If You Could See Me Now
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11. Zihua
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12. Caravan
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
El Guero Azul sings his originals,such as Mexico City Blues,feeling the Blues in the Big Avocado,Old Mexico,about visions of semi desert,and Zihua,which takes you to the beach off of the legendary fishing village of Zihuatanejo,on the Mexican Costa Grande.
The song,El Guero Azul,sung in Spanglish,offers a look into the way this Singer's life has been influenced by living SOuth of the Border.
These gems are sprinkled among classic vocals of tunes by John Coltrane,Jon Hendricks,Billie Holiday,Cole porter,Tadd
Dameron,and more.
The arrangements and musical direction is by Cuban Pianist Guru,Gabriel Hernandez,Afro Cuban All Stars and the band composed of Super Grooving Maestros living in Mexico City. Jorge Brauet,Tenor Sax,Alex Guardiola,Trumpet,Jaime Ferrada,Bass,Victor Monterrubio,Drums.
Bobby Kapp now has been residing in the Artist Colony of San Miguel De Allende,Mexico,when he is not on tour or just traveling.
El Guedo Azul {Blue White Boy} is some deep stuff as it's real meaning is revealed in this compelling and driving musical adventure,full of risks,hair pin turns, and romance.

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Nick DeRiso

El Guero Azul "Blue White Boy"
A New Jersey native living in Mexico, Bobby Kapp brings a sense of humor and fun to older classics and new originals that begins with the album’s title – “white boy” in Spanish.

After a boisterous opening instrumental, featuring Cuban pianist Gabriel Hernandez and called (appropriately enough) “Power Chords,” Kapp follows with his second straight original – the sly and ingratiating, Spanglish-sung “El Guero Azul.” Tenor man Jorge Brauet adds a grease-popping honk, giving the song a lascivious wit. Alex Guardiola then steps forward for a ringing trumpet solo, as clean and propulsive as anything put forward for legends like Arturo Sandoval – before Kapp throws a fun curveball with the addition of a bluesy turn on harmonica. He doesn’t present it, ala Toots Thielemans, as a jazz instrument but rather reshapes the tune to fit around his R&B soaked turn.

Already, El Guero Azul has shown itself to be as fizzy, offbeat delight.

Next, the group takes on Cole Porter’s “Get Out of Town,” with bassist Jaime Ferrada and drummer Victor Monterrubio setting a torrid pace. Hernandez’s fleet fingers then open the door for a series of muscular lines from Brauet and Guardiola. By the time Kapp appears, ready to rip off another solo-like bit of scat-inflected singing, the track has reached cruising altitude. Kapp then lays out while Guardiola unleashes a stunning flurry of notes. “Fly Me to the Moon,” another Kapp original, arrives then like a long, slow, stress-busting exhalation. He’s just as adept in one atmosphere as another.

That impressive, very musicianly approach to a lyric from Kapp – who’s had a varied and intriguing career in jazz – actually comes quite naturally. He’d played drums with Gato Barbieri and Dexter Gordon before ever turning his attentions to the microphone. From there, Kapp would place in the Top 10 at the well-known Monk International Vocal Competition, and subsequently mounted extensive tours with Gene Perla and the Fine Wine Trio.

Living now in the artist colony of San Miguel de Allende, Kapp’s collaboration with Hernandez also saw the pianist handling arrangements for El Guero Azul – and they are big part of what makes even the more shopworn selections from the Great American Songbook sizzle here. “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square,” for instance, is given a regal makeover, providing the perfect platform for one of Kapp’s most considered vocals. “Naima,” the tricky Coltrane classic, offers a unique opportunity for this group to display its jazz chops – and Brauet, Kapp and the active but never distracting Monterrubio never disappoint.

Meanwhile, “Old Mexico” undulates with a smart sensuality, as Kapp riffs on a series of scenes from his adopted homeland. The similarly titled “Mexico City Blues” couldn’t be more different, as Kapp dives headlong into the harp-driven soul only hinted at earlier on the title track. When the rest of the group belatedly joins in, the song begins to jump and shimmy like an old Blue Note side.

Tadd Dameron’s “If You Could See Me Now” is a perfectly attenuated selection, as Kapp’s bop-styled phrasing seamlessly meshes. The original “Zuhia,” named after the Zihuatanejo fishing village on Mexico’s Costa Grande, flashes and feints like a particularly active school of underwater marine life – even as Kapp completely inhabits a sun-filled lyric that recalls nothing so much as Michael Franks.

Finally, there’s “Caravan” – the legendary Juan Tizol-Duke Ellington collaboration. Hernandez sets a lickety-split pace for Kapp to fill with his whiskey-soaked asides, before Brauet bursts in with a torrent of notes. Kapp answers with a gruff improvisation, matched step for step by his pianist. Finally, Guardiola brings the group back around to the main theme with a dizzy little Gillespie-esque run. It’s a tour-de-force finale to an endlessly involving vocal record with plenty of jazz chops.


Artist: Bobby Kapp
Album: El Guero Azul
Reviewer: Nick DeRiso
Rating: 4 stars
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