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Thursday May 21st, from 7 to 9:00 PM, Luis Munoz Trio live at Soho in Santa Barbara, CA Saturday, June 13th, from 7 to 10 PM, with Dan Zimmerman on guitars and Brendan Statom on acoustic bass.  Hope to see you!!!Address: 1221 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101   Phone:(805) 962-7776

 

Luis Muñoz Quartet live at "Squashed Grapes in Ventura, CA ( http://www.squashedgrapes.com ), with Jonathan Dane on trumpet, Dan Zimmerman on guitars and Brendan Statom on acoustic bass.  Hope to see you!!!

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"LUZ" CD AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE NOW!!

"LUZ", the new CD by Costa Rican composer Luis Muñoz,(two time ACAM Award Winner-Jazz Composer of the Year 2006 & 2011),is available everywhere now. The CD features Trumpeter Jonathan Dane, pianists George Friedenthal and Adam Asarnow, guitarrist Chris Judge and singers Téka Penteriche and Magos Herrera. It has been released on the Pelin Music Label. Please continue to visit us for the latest on Luis Muñoz!   Cheers!

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Photography: Yvan Morin.  Art: "Virgin of Santa Fe" by Elaine LeVasseur

"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..."

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.