Michael Drake continues to amaze and delight with his intimate jazz trumpet talents, and each CD he releases further reveals his enduring sounds. His sound is always clean, intricate, and full of verve.
This CD collection has six long, enjoyable songs. The titles are"Funky Monkey," "Alone With You," "Winter's End," "Somethin' We Did," "Jamaica," and the intricate "Las Estrellas En Tus Ojos (The Stars in Your Eyes)."
"Las Estrellas En Tus Ojos" has three distinct and complex parts: Fugue, Bolero, and El Festiva. Each section is interesting in how it illustrates the remarkable stylings of Michael Drake on trumpet. Also, each section shows the sensitivity of Drake's memorable performances. Paula Marie Bynum provides an excellent vocal for "Jamaica," one of the most enjoyable songs to come down the pike in a while! The versatile Johnnie Padilla plays piano on "Alone With You" and flute on "Las Estrellas En Tus Ojos."
The CD is alive with fine musicians playing at their finest! Jessie Kuscinski excels on steel drum, and Eric Larsen gives the listeners some nice trombone sounds.
This is a very nice jazz CD and covers many jazz styles. There is definitely something for everyone in this fine collection of imaginative songs written by Michael Drake. Highly recommended.