Eric Hangen y la Ruta | Real You Real Me

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Real You Real Me

by Eric Hangen y la Ruta

Latin jazz album blending eclectic influences from Puerto Rican rhythms, American blues and gospel, and classical and jazz traditions.
Genre: Jazz: Latin Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. La Ruta
5:11 $0.99
2. Remembrance
7:08 $0.99
3. Nucleo
6:27 $0.99
4. Louie and Clarkie
6:22 $0.99
5. Snowline
5:05 $0.99
6. The Samaritan
8:19 $0.99
7. The Real You, the Real Me
8:01 $0.99
8. Winter Night
3:00 $0.99
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Album Notes
Dear Listener, This album is for Puerto Rico and my Puerto Rican family, without whose culture, love and "calor humano" I could not have created this music. I have blended musical traditions from the island, such as bomba and salsa, with other musical influences from my life – jazz, free improv, blues, gospel, and classical music – to create a unique listening experience for you. All proceeds from the album will be donated to nonprofits working to help Puerto Rico rebuild a resilient and sustainable society. I would like to thank my fellow musicians who contributed so much to this project:

• Amir Milstein has performed around the world and taught flute at the New England Conservatory. Amir gave me the initial encouragement I needed to pursue this project, and constant support and constructive feedback along the way.

• Bertram Lehmann teaches drums and world percussion at Berklee College of Music and has also brought his music to many countries around the world. From arranging through mixing, Bertram’s insights were transformational for our project.

• Matt Steckler teaches jazz saxophone at Brandon University in Canada, and would not let me walk away from this project until it was done.

• Mowgli Giannitti is an up-and-coming talent on the bass, and brought his passion and love of free improvisation from his studies at Bennington College to our project.

Some songs on this album have special meaning that I would like to share with you.

“The Real You, The Real Me” is dedicated to the memory of my cousin and best friend in boyhood, Jeremy Tuschak. Jeremy was strapping, smart, funny, and a hell of a rock drummer. He also suffered too much in this life and was taken from us too soon. Jeremy, I love you and miss you, and we all know the beautiful Real You that was there under all your struggles.

“Remembrance” is for my mother in law, Ana Hilda García Carrión, who taught me so much about Puerto Rico and about life.

“Louie and Clarkie” is for my daughter Irén and my niece Jaya – a composition I thought up while watching them play in the stream behind our house in Vermont. You will hear some quotes of Spanish children’s music, and even a little Vince Guaraldi influence, if you listen closely.

“Winter Night” is a musical study of the composition by Harald Sohlberg, “Winter Night in the Mountains,” that today hangs in the National Gallery in Oslo, Norway.

Special thanks to Matt Hayes at Wellspring Sound for engineering and mixing, to Aran Lavi for mastering, and to Dave Utiger for sharing his paintings for the album art. The cover painting is entitled "The Path."



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