Ruth Lara Vichules | Jazzpañol

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Jazzpañol

by Ruth Lara Vichules

Seductive and cool, jazz classics, bossa nova, son and bolero in Spanish and English. A musical language without borders.
Genre: Latin: Bolero
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1. All of Me
6:18 album only
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2. Eclipse
5:56 album only
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3. El es raro así
5:27 album only
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4. Ojos
3:06 album only
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5. Sabor a mí
7:45 album only
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6. Joy Spring
2:33 album only
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7. Obsesión
5:59 album only
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8. Easy Living
5:39 album only
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9. Total
5:00 album only
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10. Tu voz
8:57 album only

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"Jazzpañol: un disco de un sublime jazz clásico cantado en español con un intenso sabor mexicano"
Atención San Miguel

"Jazzpañol: Original classic jazz in Spanish"

The first time I heard Ruth Lara Vichules singing, I thought she was definitely born in Mexico, not only because of her impressive skills in the use of the Spanish language, but also because of the flavor she imparts in the words. But Ruth was born in the United States. She grew up in Arizona, close to Mexico, which explains her familiarity with this country. “Her haunting vocals are captivating in any lingua, but her current CD interpreting American jazz classics in Spanish and English reveals a mastery of jazz techniques, with her voice one of the finer featured instruments” (Latino Perspective Magazine, July 2007).

Ruth's new CD, Jazzpañol, is a sublime production of classic jazz sung in Spanish and English, with an intense Mexican flavor. “I will use whatever language fits for me, translating and adapting and creating lyrics,” she says. “I like to play with words and melody and their intersection with meaning.”

Just like herself, her music is multicultural and multilingual. Ruth has a delicious voice, a clear swing, and moves freely between English and Spanish, often during the same song, always conveying the meaning and feeling of the words, whether she is singing a romantic bolero or a sultry swing.

Ruth is accompanied by musicians equal to the standards of her creations: Agustín Bernal, renowned as the best acoustic bass player in Mexico, and Ken Basman, local jazz guitarist of international caliber. Agustín has soloed with the Orquestra Sinfónica Nacionál, and has been an active collaborator of the most important jazz projects in México. He was most recently named the recipient of the Medalla Juán José Calatayud. Ken Basman has collaborated with international star Lila Downs on several of her albums. He is the coproducer of Ruth’s new CD.

Realizing her dream of presenting her new CD in the land of the music that is her passion, we will be presenting the world premier of Jazzpañol at the El Viejo Topo Café-Teatro. If you’re a purist, don’t even think about coming, but if you believe the world is wide and diverse, don’t hesitate.
by Jorje Rueda, from Atención San Miguel

Jazz clásica en español: El Nuevo CD de Ruth Lara Víchules

Al escuchar a Ruth Lara Vichules por primera vez, cualquiera pensarÌa que es nacida en México, no sólo por su castellano sino por el sabor que puede imprimirle a las palabras, pero no, Ruth nació en Estados Unidos y creció en Arizona, tan cerca de México que quizá esa cercanía la emparentió con éste país. Creció escuchando a su madre cantarle canciones infantiles en Alemán y Hebreo, y música folklórica de la familia Carter y Woody Guthrie. Jugando entre índios y vaqueros, quizá eso le volvió familiar la diversidad y la similitud de diferentes culturas; ella fue afortunada, y lo somos nosotros también, al conocerla.

Ruth ama el jazz pero la música que la cambió fue la mexicana. Ruth cuenta que al iniciar los 80’s viajó a Guadalajara y se enamoró de la sonoridad de esta tierra, vió el modo de regresar como estudiante, aprendió español y realizó una recopilación etnográfica de versos de orígen tradicional que le valió su segundo bachillerato y desde entonces ha encontrado el modo de regresar casi cada año y seguir conociendo y cantando la música mexicana: boleros, rancheras, sones, con mariachi, con trio, con jaraneros. En una tierra tan plena de musicalidad Ruth se ha sentido en casa.

Y ahora Ruth presenta su nuevo CD, Jazzpañol, un disco de un sublime jazz clásico cantado en español con un intenso sabor mexicano. Mezcla que se siente natural después de los trabajos de Betsy Pecanins y de Lila Downs, pero esta vez en sentido inverso, ¿a alguien le importa?

AsÌ como ella misma, su música es multicultural y multilingúe, muestra de que lo hermoso se combina con lo hermoso. Ruth posee una voz envidiable, el swing de su jazz es diáfano, dentro de la misma melodía Ruth puede cantar en español y en inglés igualmente, logrando transmitir no sólo las ideas contenidas en sus palabras, sino el sentimiento con que son dichas. Lo mismo hace un bolero romántico, que un swing simpatiquísimo donde le advierte a su amado que a ella también le gustan ìsus ojos morenos!

Además Ruth se ha hecho acompañar de músicos acordes con la calidad de su creacione, y como invitado de lujo, Agustín Bernal el mejor contrabajista mexicano, y guitarista Ken Basman, le acompaña en su aventura. Agustín no sólo ha sido solista de la Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional, sino que es un activo colaborador de los proyectos más importantes de jazz de México y acaba de ser nombrado recipiendario la Medalla Juan José Calatayud. Ken Basman, que vive aqui en San Miguel, trabaja a nivel mundial con Lila Downs y Grupo Maná. El es el co-productor del Jazzpañol.

Así que, cumpliendo el sueño de presentar su nuevo disco en la tierra de la música que la apasiona, este 1ero de septiembre tendremos la premier mundial de Jazzpañol, el Nuevo CD de Ruth Lara Vichules, en El Viejo Topo Café-Teatro (Stirling Dickinson 28. Col. San Antonio. Reserve 154 8701).

Si es usted purista no lo piense, pero si cree que el mundo es ancho y diverso no lo dude.

Por Jorge Rueda, desde Atención San Miguel y El Viejo Topo

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Pam B

Jazzpanol
Cool and collected, captivating and contagious, this Latin album features superior vocals, backup,
and lyrics. Highly recommeded whether you know Spanish or not. Put on "continuous play."
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Tom Frazee

Jazzspañol
Way to go Ruthie. You´ve got great product, what more does one need? Tom Frazee
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Roger

Jazzpanal
*****Five Stars !!! I Love Jazzpanol. Ruth Lara and her Band have done it. What a beautiful tribute to all of us Biliguel Jazz Lovers.
Un Abrazo grande !
Gracias y Saludos,
Rogelio
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Margaret Larcade

Jazzpanol
This can be smooth background music, but if you listen, you are rewarded with a distinctive voice, subtle rhythms, the incredible guitar of Ken Basman, and a beautiful listening experience.
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Sam Becker

Jazzpano
Ruth Lara Vichules is a unique and fantastic talent and this particular CD is wonderful. It combines the best of jazz and a Latin American flavor into a unique and outstanding musical experience.
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Gabriel Heiser

Great voice, great arrangements
I just listened to the Jazzpanol CD and LOVE it! Her voice is so perfect...I call it a "creamy" voice, that's very sensuous and musical. A little Sade in there, too!

The first song sent chills up my back, it was so moody and mysterious; what a great arrangement! Then the whistling in Easy Living (I think) was a nice surprise treat!

Basically, I nominate Ruth Vichules for a Grammy! This CD should be reviewed by every jazz magazine. I've listened to a lot of female jazz singers (my last girlfriend, here in Boulder, was actually a jazz vocalist, too!), and she is without a doubt up there with the best of them.

Very enjoyable. Thanks!!
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Loring Wirbel

Classic with Seductive Twists
The key to executing a superb classics-interpretation album is to bring in familiar styles, present them flawlessly, but add a special unique twist that gives the artist a sense of ownership. Ruth Vichules knows just how to do that. It's no surprise, since she can make any genre from folk to mariachi her own, but the richness of her voice in interpreting jazz classics is really quite astounding.

There are certain elements of the music, like Agustin Bernal's fluid double-bass, that you might find in any good jazz-classics album. Ruth's voice, of course, belongs in the pantheon of jazz masters. But the mix of translated Spanish and occasional English lyrics gives the CD a sense of surprise and uniqueness.

As Tim and Lana have mentioned, the tempo-shifts in some of the songs in mid-set, particularly "El es raro asi" and "Ojos" keep the CD moving and fresh from one moment to the next. Ruth was smart to close the CD with her own composition, "Tu voz." You leave her world knowing you've encountered something very special.
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Tim & Lana

JAZZPANOL
Great name--super album. We first heard Ruth sing in San Miguel de Allende, bought her album and it has been a mainstay in our car. Translating from English to Spanish is no easy feat but Ruth does it marvelously well. When you hear her rendition of "El is raro asi" you know it's "She's funny that way" and you can also pick up some Spanish as you listen to it. Her upscale version of "Ojos" gets your feet taping and then immediately slows you down with "Sabor a mi". Get this album, sit back, enjoy but also keep an ear tuned to her background musical accompanyment--especially the great jazz guitar of Ken Basman.
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