●JUAN ALAMO / RUTA PANORAMICA / SUMMIT RECORDS / US / CD / DCD741 / 0099402741925 / 2,000円+税
Álamo has absorbed the music encountered throughout his extensive travels, most notably from his native Puerto Rico. Indeed, Ruta <b>contains sonic materializations of the music of the Américas, rendered by Álamo with two and four mallets on a marimba and accompanied by his Latin jazz quintet Marimjazzia along with guest artists featured on an array of Puerto Rican and South American percussion instruments. Nestled within the musical structures of Puerto Rican aguinaldo, bomba, plena, and seis are lots of jazz, some samba and hints of música criolla peruana, as well as the sounds of the marimba that evoke Central America and the Pacific Coast of Colombia and Ecuador. The tracks weave beautifully sonic tales of beloved people, places, and ecologies with histories of struggle for freedom, redemption, and greatness.