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REVIEWS "THE FRUIT OF EDEN" CD

JAZZIZ MAGAZINE

"A horn of plenty, indeed...Argentina is a gorgeous, heartbreaking tango-esque theme that has all the earmarks of a future standard...an overall impressive and frequently fiery album..."

ALLMUSIC.COM

On his sweeping, eclectic Farenheit Records debut The Fruit of Eden, Costa Rican-born veteran composer/percussionist/drummer Luis Munoz draws upon his rich Latin music heritage, a formal classical education, and an intense interest in American jazz to create a colorful pastiche where melody easily crosses all rhythmic and cultural lines. Co-produced by Dominic Camardella (who has helmed projects for Maynard FergusonOttmar Liebert, and Willie & Lobo), The Fruit of Eden marks Munoz' U.S. recording debut with an explosive introduction to a talent that has been wowing Latin America for many years. Helping Munoz realize his fruitful visions on The Fruit of Eden are some of the top all-star talents in Latin music and contemporary jazz, including bassist Randy Tico (who released Earthdance on Higher Octave Music), saxmen Gary Meek and Tom Buckner, percussionist Kevin Winard, and keyboardist Adam Asarnow. The energetic elegance of the entire Munoz experience comes alive on the opening tune, "Topacio (Topaz)," which mixes Asarnow's jazzy Latin piano feel with an attractive melodic tradeoff between Buckner's soprano and Jeff Elliot on flügelhorn. As its title promises, "Calipso de las Americas" is a bold and brassy tropical dance gem, complete with a vibrant steel drum melody (byRoss Harper), a mix of horns, and a spirited vocal chorus. A lilting "Argentina" and the moody, haunting "Desire (El Deseo)" offer a unique look at the reflective, romantic aspects of Munoz's exquisite composing skills, while the free-flowing "Tierranegra" blends piccolo flute, muted trumpet, and flügelhorn for a Baroque-flavored ode to his Brazilian musical idols.

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SAN LUIS OBISPO JAZZ FESTIVAL PRESENTS:
 
 
 

Friday ,September 23rd, at 6:00 : "Luis Muñoz New Jazz Quintet featuring Téka" live at 

Monarch Club at Monarch Dunes in Nipomo, CA.

With Jonathan Dane: Trumpet

Luis Muñoz: Drums, Melodica and Composition

Téka: Lead Vocals & Guitar

Brandon Statom: Acoustic Bass

Daniel Zimmerman" Guitars

Telephone

805-459-6939

 

 

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JAZZ AT THE PLAZA PRESENTS 

 

Thursday,September 15th, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM: "Luis Muñoz New Jazz Quintet featuring Téka" live at La Cumbre Plaza in Santa Barbara, CA
With Jonathan Dane: Trumpet
Luis Muñoz: Drums, Melodica and Composition
Téka: Lead Vocals & Guitar
Brandon Statom: Acoustic Bass
Daniel Zimmerman" Guitars
 
121 South Hope Avenue
Santa BarbaraCA 93105
(805) 687-6458
 
Free Performance 
******************************************************Friday, January 29th, at 7:30 PM: "Luis Muñoz New Jazz Quintet featuring Téka" live at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, CA
With Jonathan Dane: Trumpet
Luis Muñoz: Drums, Melodica and Composition
Téka: Lead Vocals & Guitar
Brandon Statom: Acoustic Bass
Daniel Zimmerman" Guitars
 
SLO Campus CPAC Theater Main Stage
HWY 1, SLO, CA 93403
805-546-3100 x2445
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Friday, February 19th at 8:00 PM: Deckers Corporation and The Lobero Foundation present: "Luis Muñoz New Jazz Quintet featuring Téka" live at the Lobero Theater in Santa Barbara, CA.  This will be a very special live performance of the "VOZ" CD for the hometown audience. 
 
With Jonathan Dane: Trumpet
Luis Muñoz: Drums, Melodica and Composition
Téka: Lead Vocals & Guitar
Brandon Statom: Acoustic Bass
Daniel Zimmerman" Guitars
 
Address: 33 E Canon Perdido St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
 
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Friday March 4th, Luis Munoz Trio at Kegg's Coffee House in Isla Vista, CA. 8:00 PM
 
Luis Muñoz: Drums, Melodica and Composition
Téka: Lead Vocals & Guitar
Brandon Statom: Acoustic Bass
Daniel Zimmerman" Guitars
 
6533 Trigo Rd
Isla Vista, California
 
+1 805-845-8774
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Saturday, March 19th at 8:00 PM: The Jazz Bakery Movable Feast presents: "Luis Muñoz New Jazz Quintet featuring Téka" live at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica, CA.  
 
With Jonathan Dane: Trumpet
Luis Muñoz: Drums, Melodica and Composition
Téka: Lead Vocals & Guitar
Brandon Statom: Acoustic Bass
Daniel Zimmerman" Guitars
 
ADDRESS: Moss Theater/Herb Alpert Educational Village
3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404

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Sunday May 15th at 2:00 PM "Luis Muñoz New Jazz Quintet featuring Téka" live at The Santa barbara Museum of Art in Santa Barbara,  CA. 75th Anniversary Community Celebration!!

 

With Jonathan Dane: Trumpet

 

Luis Muñoz: Drums, Melodica and Composition

 

Téka: Lead Vocals & Guitar

 

Brandon Statom: Acoustic Bass

 

Daniel Zimmerman" Guitars
 
 
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 Friday, June  25th, at 7:00 PM: "Luis Muñoz New Jazz Quintet featuring Téka" live at Casa Arjona in Long Beach, CA. 7:00 PM

With Jonathan Dane: Trumpet
Luis Muñoz: Drums, Melodica and Composition
Téka: Lead Vocals & Guitar
Brandon Statom: Acoustic Bass
Daniel Zimmerman" Guitars
 
+1 562-805-7770
4515 E. Harvey Way, Long Beach, CA, 90808
$20 includes appetizers and non-alcoholic drinks.

 

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