Spanish singer Martirio knows the beauty of live performance.

Spanish singer Martirio knows the beauty of live performance. Onstage, her perennial dark glasses are as intriguing as her smoky, sexy voice is haunting. "Mucho Corazón"—nominated for a Latin Grammy Award in 2002 but only now released in the U.S. (the first of her seven albums to be released here)—is Martirio's flamenco homage to Latin standards. The balance is exquisitely achieved with the help of such collaborators as trumpeter Jerry González, harmonica player Antonio Serrano and pianist Chano Domínguez, who turns "Mañana de Carnaval" and "Maria Magdalena" into the most memorable tracks here. The dry sonority favored in this recording, however, strips away intensity and texture and falls short of the live act.—LC