(21 May 2000) The fifth album by Costa Rican recording artist
Patricia Saravia is entitled Ritmo de los Santos
(Song-O-Sau'rus (USA) 724783, 1999). Eleven Latin-rhythm
tracks feature her stunning vocal work and lush jazz-inspired
instrumentals. Patricia's four earlier albums include Caracol
(1989), Atrapar un Instante (1991), Entre el Son y el
Corazón (1992) and De Inga y de Mandinga (1996). Her
latest album was selected by Luis Tamargo of Latin Beat
magazine of Los Angeles as one of the ten best Latin American
albums of 1999.
Patricia's main objective has been the performance of Peruvian
music. She is considered by Peruvian journalists to be
an artist with special quality and performance. She lives in
San José de Costa Rica where she is currently workong on
research about Central American and Caribean music. Patricia has
won awards in Costa Rica for her musical work there. Her sixth
album includes a brief anthology of Peruvian rhythms and some
Latin American tunes; it is due to be released later this year.
The music on Ritmo de los Santos is earthy and rhythmic,
with lush production and lovely vocal passages. It is most
akin to jazz in its texture with guitars balancing other
instruments and never overpowering the vocals. Some of the
tracks are dance-oriented.
In Offbeat, Joseph Irrera wrote, "Not only a
compelling vocalist, Saravia composed the jazz-tinged
selection "Asucenes" and the title cut of Ritmo De
Los Santos. Backed by Ruben Blades' current ensemble
and members of Costa Rica's National Sypmphony, along with
vocalist Fidel Gamboa (one of Costa Rica's most prominent
musicians), Saravia is an excellent introduction for thos
music lovers in search of the indigenous and creole sounds
of Peru. Seemingly related to the precussion-oriented
music of Brazil and Cuba, Afro-Peruvian songs provide the
accompaniment for the country's three main dance forms'
the lando, samba maleato and the alcatraz. Patricia
Saravia provides the invitation: 'Come to me if you dare ...
come because to dance with me, determination you've gotta
Readers that are interested in expanding their horizons
are encouraged to explore Patricia Saravia's latest album.
Her stunning (Spanish) vocals are backed by Latin and/or
jazz textures to produce a lovely and sound.
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here. We enjoyed listening to the album and learning
about this different style of music. A very