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Esperanza

by Victor Samalot

Original compositions drawing from Latin, World and Jazz genres with an organic vibe.
Genre: Latin: Latin Jazz
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1. Mofongo
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2. Cafe Puerto Rico
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3. Esperanza
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4. El Torero
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5. El Hombre Sin Nombre
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6. Struttin
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7. La Plaza
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8. Streets of Barcelona
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9. One for the Road
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
©2017 Victor Samalot / TSM Productions -
Tough Stream Music / BMI
All Rights Reserved

Victor Samalot - Guitars
Bobbi Holt - Bass guitar, Keyboards
Darrell Nutt - Drums on Tracks 3, 7
Larry Salzman - Percussion on Tracks 1, 4,6, 7
Daniel Silva - Percussion on Track 2
Yatziv Caspi - Percussion on Track 3


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Stereo Stickman

Warm and joyful
What better way to keep things warm and joyful as autumn steps into view than with nine brand new compositions from guitarist extraordinaire Victor Samalot? The music has the rhythm and swagger to lift you out of your seasonal haze. His unique style of playing comes with so much skill and a mesmerising fusion of speed and delicacy that it’s a pure pleasure to experience.
(Rebecca Cullen / Stereo Stickman)
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One World One Voice - One World Music Radio

Wonderful Music!
This is a great album! Full of wonderful Latin guitar music that I really love!!
(Andy Rogers - One World, One Voice - U.K.)
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Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck

Esperanza is a work of art!
With nine tracks offered up on Esperanza, one great tune after another just poured out of the speakers. It was like Victor picked up his guitar and never put it down. "Esperanza" is a work of art and I hope that Mr. Samalot decides to keep going in this direction because he certainly has the mojo to play any type of Latin flavored music and make a direct impact on a listener. (Keith Hannaleck - MuzikMan Reviews - December 2017 / Adams, MA)
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Steve Sheppard

You will never want to put this down
A little world beat and a lush Latin element is now upon us, via this fantastically vibrant new offering entitled Esperanza by Victor Samalot.
Mofongo is our starting point, and a more lively expression of beat and harmony you would not wish to find. Samalot’s skills on guitar are utterly supreme here, and the energy created is a fine beginning to our latest musical sojourn.
We now slide gracefully into Café Puerto Rico, where we can chill to the Latin beats of the colourful narrative created by the composer and performer. The display here is incredibly smooth and very carefully played; this would suit any coffee shop here in the Mediterranean, let alone Puerto Rico.
The title track is always an open canvas for the artist to state his overall purpose for the release, and this moment of glory goes to the beautifully played and very cool opus entitled Esperanza. There is everything to love about this track, but overall I enjoyed the interplay with the artists’ guitars and the added instrumentation.
The tempo picks up and percussion hits the energy button with a stated intent, so grand, a passionate fluency now emerges as Samalot manifests a really dramatic piece, one that is sure to thrill the fans and live audiences with a flare. El Torero is right in the terority of one of my favourite bands Incendio and incorporates that same fire and breath taking performance ethic.
Now here is a track packed with suspense, it’s called El Hombre Sin Nombre, which I think means the man with no name. This is an amazingly ambient composition that may well surprise a few people, its hovers like Floyds Shine on Crazy Diamond and sets a scene with such craft and panache, that Clint Eastwood should be calling the artist right away to use this music in his next movie, an absolutely outstanding track and easily one of my favourites from the album.
That familiar swagger is back with the next offering called Struttin. Samalot has created a really fun piece here, which would lift any mood and bring a little light filled charm into any dark day.
As we stroll through the back streets of the release we come across another smooth arrangement entitled La Plazza. One of the things I love to do, is find a place like this and people watch, just be in the moment, and I think next time I do that, I am going to be listening to this piece, and more than likely the whole album.
The last doorway but one is inspired and called Streets of Barcelona. At just under two minute, Samalot has produced a narrative that illustrates this city to perfection, depicting its vibrancy and colour with ease.
The last, but far from least track from the album is called, and quite appropriately, One for the Road. The performance on guitar here is persuasive and almost has a little rock ethic contained within, leaving us with a smile on our faces as we come to the end of this lively magical musical journey.
Esperanza is one of those albums you will never tire of; it has flare and charm and also manifests a wonderful sense of ambience as well. Esperanza is a collection of songs, created by Victor Samalot, a man who clearly loves to play from his soul and create a truly vivacious and pulsating rhythm whilst doing so; this is one album you’re never going to want to put down.
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Robert

A Welcome Return
A colorful mix of Latin and World groove jazz, Esperanza is a welcome return to form from the diverse guitar sound of Victor Samalot.
(MWE3.com)
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