In his latest outing, singer/songwriter Francisco CÉspedes delves further into the jazzier, acoustic-minded, and sometimes experimental direction he attempted on his previous album, Dónd

In his latest outing, singer/songwriter Francisco Céspedes delves further into the jazzier, acoustic-minded, and sometimes experimental direction he attempted on his previous album, Dónde Está la Vida? Not that Céspedes is shunning pop, as evidenced by his choice of single—the catchy "Te Soñé, Lluvia de Abril"—but he likes to do it on his own terms, achieving a final product that sounds slightly under-produced and recreates the ambience of a live performance. Céspedes is boosted by excellent musicians and some stellar guests, among them pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba (who plays on "Cuando Al Corazón le Duele el Alma") and trumpeter José "Cheito" Quiñones. . . . Ay Corazón is rife with understated piano, trumpet, and sax solos and, in typical Céspedes fashion, it oozes good taste. Unfortunately, it also languishes from time to time, its musical layerings too caught up in a single dynamic.—LC

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