Mastretta

The work of Spanish composer/ arranger/producer Nacho Mastretta comes together in this album, the first for Minty Fresh, in a collection that includes previously released tracks as well as soundtrack

The work of Spanish composer/ arranger/producer Nacho Mastretta comes together in this album, the first for Minty Fresh, in a collection that includes previously released tracks as well as soundtrack music and music written for a fashion show. It's an accurate portrait of an artist who's garnered praise in Spain for his largely instrumental, ambience-driven material, with influences that range from American rockabilly and jazz to contemporary classical and tropical. Although the highlights here are the exquisite guest vocalists Ana Belén (in "Andrea Doria") and Julieta Venegas (in "Luna de Miel")—with lyrics written by Mastretta and his brother Fernando—the instrumental tracks are superb as well. Moodiness sets the trend for the album in the opening "White Sheets, Tight Bed," with its repetitive motifs softly layered one atop the other.—LC
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