VIENTO DE AGUA
(Viento de Agua)
The contagious rhythm of the Puerto Rican plena, combined with Jerry Medina's scat singing, on the opening tune--Ciudadano del Mundo (composed by the musical director Ricardo Pons)--sets the pace for the additional tracks of Viento de Agua's second recording--Fruta Madura (Ripe Fruit). Viento de Agua is led by the renowned Hector "Tito" Matos, a master of the traditional percussion of Borinquen's musical folklore, including panderetas (rim drums) and barriles (barrel drums). Unlike its previous New York--made outing, Viento de Agua's most recent disc was completely recorded in Puerto Rico and features its core members and various guests, such as Miguel Zenon (alto sax), Christian Nieves (cuatro), percussionists Vitito Emmanuelli and Hector Calderon, and vocalists Jerry Medina, Gema Corredera and Pavel Urquiza. Under the musical direction of reedman (and founding member)...