JazzTimes - Review By Susan Frances
01/01/10 Albums By Susan Frances
RG Royal Sound Orchestra
When people say that dousing pop songs in Latin effects breathes new life into them, they are not jesting. RG Royal Sound Orchestra does a stellar job of remodeling pop songs like The Eagles "Hotel California," Paul Anka´s "My Way" and John Lennon and Paul McCartney´s "Yesterday" with a Latin flavoring for their new recording, Impact from RG Records. The arrangements are meticulously put together and induce audiences to want to dance.
Produced by Recaredo Gutierrez, Impact boasts a battalion of talented musicians who beautify gorgeous melodies like Herman Hupfeld´s "As Time Goes By" and Singleton/Snyder/Kaempert?s "Strangers In The Night" even more so with shimmery shakers and finely chiseled horns. The sprouting flames in the electric guitar along "I Left My Heart In San Francisco" bode comfortably with the samba rhythm, and the gingerly totter of the piano keys in "Yesterday" provide a firm base for the sullen saxophone wails. The tempo changes and chord shifts segue seamlessly as the musicians play in time with one another.
The flinching in the horns and the samba trimmings on Fred Ebb and John Kander´s classic anthem "New York, New York" are melodically molded to the main theme, while the alluring percussive beats added to George Weiss, Hugo Peretti and Luigi Creatore´s "Can´t Help Falling In Love" produce a charismatic spring to the original track. Embossing a big band sonorous on "O Sole Mio" creates a foamy lather in the rhythmic patterns, switching gears to the funky strut of the percussions and horns along "Macarena" modernizing the festive party tune made popular through the ?90s.
RG Royal Sound Orchestra revitalize classic pop tunes and jazz standards by feeding Latin rhythms and textures into their veins. Impact shows that music can be interpreted in different languages which add a new level to its appeal, making them a confection of a completely different culture from its place of origin.