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Cheo Linares shows he knows the Venezuelan salsa lover with Venezoa Soy

by January 29, 2018

Cheo Linares is a Venezuelan singer and songwriter that released his debut album Aqui He Arrived in 2006, with a follow-up album, Underground Sonero Poeta in 2010. The gifted singer/songwriter now presents, his third solo album.

About the Album

“Venezoa is a term that I created to name the Venezuelan salsa music lover, to whom I dedicate this production, which in turn I extend to the salsa brothers of the planet, this CD was made with all the love, mysticism and professionalism of the musicians, technicians and designers who participated in it, to them I present my most sincere and expressive thanks for the support provided,” says, Linares. Venezoa Soy contains twelve tracks written by Linares that have been arranged by: Irving Manuel Matos, Wilman Sanchez Jr., Willie Melo, Alexis Sanchez and Eiter “Kiko” González. Linares’ vocals are delightful throughout the album and the band is especially talented. Featuring a horn section of Josmar Madriz on trumpet, Eliel Rivero on trombone and Francisco Issa on baritone saxophone.

Our Favorite Track

“Reunión de Soneros” is our favorite track. Penned by Linares and arranged by Eiter “Kiko” González. As the title suggest, Linares is joined by other great soneros of Venezuelan. The soneros are: Orlando Watussi, Carlos Sposito, Javier Plaza, Gonzalo Martinez and Carlos Rengifo. The singing by all the vocalists is outstanding and the arrangement is chalked full of excellent horn lines and hits. Linares singing is full of passion and his articulation is firmly in the pocket.  The two soloists are musical and full of spirit, together they build the track nicely. The solos are tumbadoras and timbal by “Kiko” and bongo and bell by Eduardo Rodríguez. The musical conversation between the two is pleasing. Also, the track has prodigious playing by Edward González on trumpet, Eliel Rivero on trombone and Francisco Issa on soprano and baritone saxophone.

In Conclusion

Venezoa Soy is an exceptional album that combines the styles and sounds of the Venezuelan salsa scene of today. Linares’ songwriting is captivating, and his singing is passionate and full of life. The band is top-notch, and the music will provide endless hours of listening and dancing pleasure!

Overview
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Musicians:
Cheo Linares - vocal, composition / Irving Manuel Matos, Juan Carlos Hidalgo, Willie Melo - piano / Edward Plater, Josmar Madriz, Darwin Manzi, Edward Gonzalez - trumpet; Eliel Rivero, José León - trombone / Francisco Issa - baritone saxophone, soprano / Alexis Sánchez - piano / Jesús "Mandinga" Torres - bass / Eiter "Kiko" González - timbal, congas / Eduardo Rodríguez, Enrique Sojo - bongo / Gonzalo Martínez - guiro, and maracas / Gonzalo Martínez, Carlos Rengifo -coros / Daniel Requena - four / Abelardo Mérida - harp.

Guest Soneros
Orlando Watussi / Calos Sposito / Javier Plaza / Gonzalo Martinez / Carlos Rengifo

Label

Self-Released

Artist

Cheo Linares

Album

Venezoa Soy

Release Date

January 14, 2018

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