About the album
The album, "It's All About Latin" was inspired by a love and appreciation for Latin music. Having lived and worked in several Latino countries, Composer Dick Brewer learned the craft of playing the Latin genre. Inspired by his personal journeys, Dick conceived the idea to compose an album featuring diverse styles of Latin music mixed with jazz. After the album was written, Dick began a search for the talented musicians who brought his vision to life. The resulting album is an energetic and passionate tribute to the cultures of Latin America.
Composer / Arranger / Producer
Engineering / Consultant
Recorded and Mixed at The Bar by Jim Robeson
Vocals Recorded at Emerald City Recording Studio, Florida
Mike Monseur, Springfield, VA
Mastered and Released in 2017
© Copyright 2014
Dick Brewer / Piano, Rhodes, B3
Pete Barenbregge / Alto Saxophone
Chris Vadala / Bass & Alto Flute, Alto Saxophone
Jay Beckenstein, courtesy of Spyro Gyra / Soprano Saxophone
Rich Sigler / Trumpet
Kevin Burns / Flugelhorn
Tim Leahey / Trumpet
Ben Patterson / Trombone
Kevin Cerovich / Trombone
Shannon Gunn / Trombone
Juilo Fernandez, courtesy of Spyro Gyra / Guitar
Nir Felder, courtesy of Okeh Records & Sony Music Entertainment / Guitar
Chieli Minucci, courtesy of Trippin in Rhythm / Guitar
Ken Navarro, courtesy of Positive Records, Inc. / Guitar
Scott Ambush, courtesy of Spyro Gyra / Eletric Bass & String Bass
Karin Kelleher / Strings
Joe McCarthy / Drum Set & Percussion
Alfredo Mojica / Percussion
JR / Marimba & Timpani
Lori Holynskyj / Vocals
The Rosenthals / Crowd Noise
Dick Brewer is an American composer, songwriter, musician and visual artist. In his career, Dick has played with and written songs for a number of notable musicians. He was a pianist and arranger for Singer-Songwriter and Las Vegas entertainer Clint Holmes. He collaborated with Tony Camillo on the title song "Nasty Street" for the ensemble Creme D'Cocoa. Dick played keyboard on Cheryl Wheeler's self-titled debut album. Dick has written music for national radio and television commercials, leading to two CLIO award nominations, and one ADDY award win for best commercial.
Dick Brewer's previous album is entitled "Brewers Brew."
Praise for "It's all about latin"
"The making of a great jazz album is an exercise in balance, akin to cooking a gourmet dish. Too many ingredients and the food becomes unpalatable; too few, and the dish becomes bland. Pianist Dick Brewer’s latest album draws upon diverse flavorings—from fusion to prog, modern jazz to bossa, even rock—yet still manages to achieve a balanced profile from track to track. Variegated as the songs are, there is one unifying element, and the title provides the clue: It’s all about Latin.
"This is an album of calm, breezy grooves and son-soaked melodies, with songs that unfold at a leisurely pace rather than rushing toward a conclusion. “LO Beaux,” with its slow-strolling bossa groove, is one such example, as is the follow-up “Jelly Beans,” which quickens the pulse but maintains the same self-assured tranquility. That’s not to say, however, that the album is marked by any sort of lethargy. “She’s Dancing,” the opening track, is brusque and bracing, with a distorted guitar solo that pushes the sound toward prog. “Buena Fiesta” is another song based on a heart-quickening tempo, and features some sterling keyboard work from Brewer. Tart horn-section jabs and undulating woodwind flurries add vitality and depth to songs like “Chic” and “It’s Only You,” while album closer “Something New” relies on a jagged groove and dynamic guitar-vibraphone dialog to sustain its unflagging optimism.
"As a whole, the album tends toward the smoother side, with rhythms that sometimes seem more rote than reactive. But it’s an easy blemish to overlook. When it’s all about the Latin, groove and melody are key. This album packs plenty of both." By Brian Zimmerman Published July 2017, DownBeat