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Sea of Cortez

by Yavaz

A combination of sambas, fusion, salsa and classic jazz for that soft dinner music atmosphere as well as that dance-til-dawn party; all with a South American/Latin flavor.
Genre: Jazz: Latin Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sea of Cortez
7:23 $0.99
2. So What
5:20 $0.99
3. El Pappagallo
3:17 $0.99
4. Muneca
4:32 $0.99
5. Betty's Bossa
4:56 $0.99
6. Island Fever
4:05 $0.99
7. Larry's Stinkin' Lincoln
4:40 $0.99
8. Machu Picchu
5:01 $0.99
9. Para Los Rumberos
4:28 $0.99
10. Rumberos Jam
3:20 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Exploding with rhythm and sound,YAVAZ's debut CD "Sea of Cortez" is a must for Latin-Jazz lovers! The album opens with the sounds of an approaching storm over the sea, preparing the listener for what is to be a flood of salsa, flamenco, Brazilian and jazz-fusion. YAVAZ founders Mark Riddle & Nelson Ortiz enlisted the talents of well-known music industry pals such as Jaime Valle, Tommy Aros (Luis Miguel & Fattburger) and Grammy nominated jazz trumpeter Bruce Cameron. In addition to the original compositions, the CD borrows a couple from the masters, including an incredible rendition of "So What" by the late, great Miles Davis. "Sea of Cortez" is high energy Latin-fusion that invites abandon and calls for a party right in your living room. This CD has sold out at every performance and store it's been sold at. This CD has a unique sound that appeals to everyone from six to sixty, from hard-core jazz enthusiast to the casual listener.

Here's just some of the reviews:

"YAVAZ can turn an old standard into an in-your-face merengue, a rock tune into a dance-in-your-seat salsa & Miles Davis' melancholy 'So What' into a white-hot mambo."
San Diego Union-Tribune

"YAVAZ captures the sensuality of a summer evening in Spain and the classy atmosphere of a nightclub in Manhattan." The Guardian

"My advice: "Sea of Cortez" is a worthy addition to any Latin Jazz lover's music collection...if you think the CD is good, just wait 'til you see these boys live!!!"
Mirada Magazine

"I've never seen anything like it. When I play a song from their album, I get flooded with calls...my listeners can't get enough of them." 88.7 FM, Tijuana

Featuring: Mark Riddle, Nelson Ortiz ,Bill Shreeve, Bruce Cameron, Tommy Aros, Jaime Valle, Barry Bedore, Hank Easton, Peter Skrabak, Cesar Lozano, Steve O'Connor, Jim Ybarra, Toby Ahrens

CD Produced by: Mark Riddle & James Groutage Productions
Executive Producers: Nelson Ortiz & Mark Riddle

"Para Los Rumberos" published by Windswept/Pacific Music. Used by permission
"So What" published by Warner/Chappell Music. Used by permission



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Steven Silcox, (Seattle, WA)

Really enjoyed the band and the CD
We visited San Diego last year and had a chance to see Yavaz live at Croce's. WOW what a show, danced till 1:00 am. We picked up their CD that night and really enjoyed have not stopped listening to it. Great to listen to and have on in the background for dinner. Heat up the grill, throw on the carne asada, pop in Yavaz and we're having a party.


Great CD! I listen to it in my car all the time.
Great music, up, vibrant, exciting. This music never goes out of style. I play it at all my get togethers and people just love it. Great job folks!

Allan Gale

Love the music!
I really love the beat of this CD. Makes you want to get up and dance when you watch them perform at Croce's. Thanks for signing it Nelson and Mark!

Anaela & Misha

Absolute positive latin jazz expression
Absolute positive latin jazz self-expression, rarely found!

Matt Lortz

Yavaz Brings Jazz To Life
Yavaz breathes some fresh air into the San Diego Jazz scene. Tight, precise, absolute Jazz covered in Latin salsa. Exotic. Perfection. San Diegan Barry Bedore is a the kind of guitar player that is born, not taught. Sheer talent. Very impressive.