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DC Reviews: Joe Posada ~ Zapatos En La Mano

joeposadaJoe Posada, San Antonio’s Jazz and Tejano saxmaster, returns with a full-length production, Zapatos En La Mano, under his own Baby Dude Records. Posada continues to showcase his songwriting skills in this 10-tune album recorded at V-Music with production and arrangements by Grammy winning Gilbert Velasquez.

Posada assembled some of the Alamo city’s best session musicians, including Chente Barrera-Drums; Henry Brun-Percussion; Juanito Castillo-Squeezebox; Chris Guerrero-Keys; Eddy Perez-Bajo Sexto and Bass; Andrew Bergman-Upright Bass; and Gilbert Velasquez-Guitars. Joe Posada, Jr. backs him up on Cafecito De Tus Ojos.

The lead-off single, Tres Opciones, is quite the tune with Posada’s sax and Castillo’s accordion playing off of each other. Joe effectively uses his vocal range to deliver this ranchera. Que Cosas Hizo Dios is a follow-up ranchera which delivers its message with some powerful phrases, like, “que chulada de mujer.” I must admit, I’ve been using that kind of lingo, lately. Odiame is a standard Joe Posada ranchera–sax-heavy and very danceable–with a message to a well-replaced ex.

Posada and Velasquez seem to enjoy chord progressions throughout the album, but they are really noticeable on Palabra De Hombre, a romantic ballad given extra power with some sax and guitar solos and fills. Daring to be different, Hermosura De Mujer gives listeners a bit of bossa nova which, along with Posada’s flute, proves his versatility. Posada throws in a sexy sax instrumental, Nunca Digas Nunca–great when in need of a romantic background.

Posada dares to be different, as always, and it is very noticeable with Zapatos En La Mano‘s jazzy opening toward a solid ranchera Tejana. The tune’s lyrics are written with a little barrio lingo, while proclaiming his rightful place with the subject, despite her late-night antics. Valga La Pena is bolstered by Velasquez’s guitar throughout the song, while the powerful lyrics tell it like it is:  “Si voy a perder el orgullo sera por alguien que valga la pena.” Cafecito De Tus Ojos can easily become ones favorite tune, with its boot-stomping melody, fun lyrics sung by Joe and Joe, Jr., and its bajo sexto and accordion combos.

One of my favorite tunes on the album is El Secreto, a sweet accordion-heavy bolero, with its beautiful lyrics, “Con todo mi respeto, le cuento mi secreto, que por toda eternidad, yo la voy a amar.”

Zapatos En La Mano offers up a much needed Tejano music fix that needs to become part of the daily playlist. Posada offers up some cool tunes that will have you singing in the car and humming them at inopportune times. That’s when you know it’s good music.

I was lucky to catch Joe Posada’s Trio at the River Walk’s 507 Lounge and they’re there every weekend. But I’d sure like to catch the full band playing a couple of hard-core Tejano sets, particularly some of these new tunes. Joe Posada is one of the most respected saxophonists in the music industry and the fact that he continues to grace us with some amazing Tejano music shows his commitment to keeping La Onda strong and relevant.

One may purchase Zapatos En La Mano at JoePosada.com.

 

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Joe Posada Wins Latin Grammy

One of my favorite Tejano music artists to review here on DosCentavos has been Joe Posada. With his band, El Quinto Sol, they have provided some of the best music in the industry for a few decades. The Academy (at least the Latin one) finally gave him some recognition for his 2012 release, Algo Esta Pasando. Of course, Algo Esta Pasando was reviewed here and was one of four of the five nominees reviewed by DC in the Tejano category. Congrats to the Saxmaster!

What’s Coming Up at the Lege?

Well, the Republicans are bringing out their hatchet to cut from Education and Health Care, again. Dumbing down of the future electorate could be the only thing that can keep the Republicans in power, seeing how the Latino electorate is expected to double by 2030. And that’s at current naturalization rates.

San Antonio right-winger Lyle Larson has submitted a bill to do away with the Texas DREAM Act, which allows in-state tuition for undocumented students. Rick Perry is rattling about “sanctuary cities” on top of the piss test for poor people, which he supports.

Unfortunately, folks, this will be another attack session by the Republicans. Jason Stanford had a great piece in the HuffPost about the upcoming session, as well as a challenge to support a Democratic Speaker, instead of backing one of the Republicans. Bottom line:  Republicans keep cutting Dems off, so, simply supporting one to get a nice committee seat no longer applies in 2013. Fight back!

Eagle Ford Shale on the Mind

MYSA.com has an article on the various changes to South Texas with the economic growth with which the Eagle Ford is credited.

Companies, community colleges and local politicians remain in a mode of figuring out what’s needed in terms of employment, training, road repairs, medical facilities and the like as thousands of oil field workers pour into the rural area.

Some of the companies have poured severance tax money into the State, but there has been little return to those counties. And what were once considered poor school districts are now on the verge of being considered wealthy, thus, throwing school financing into a loop. And they fail to mention all of the deaths due to vehicle accidents. And, on top of any environmental damage that is being created. Let’s hope the Lege does something.