The encounter between the Cuban conguero Fernando Sanchez and the Colombian percussionist and arranger Fernando Valencia in Arkansas (USA) resulted in the birth of the band Calle Soul, an ensemble rooted in the time of salsa that flirts with the blues and a strong influence of the timba.
Pa La Calle, album in which Andrew Thompson was commissioned to write all the compositions and arrangements, includes 12 original tracks that demonstrate a great influence of the musical discourse of the Cuban Los Van Van. Trombones, violins and flute, as well as most vowels in English, are the hallmark of Arkansas.
Nada Mas opens the album with the excellent voice of Aricka Lewis. Dancing With The Rain is another salsa with good performance of Garcia in the vocal part while Tus Ojos, number that builds bridges with the cha cha cha, presents the outstanding performance of Andrew Thompson in the guitar solo Bien Sabroso is a jam with outstanding performance of flutist Nathan McLeod and saxophonist Mitch Yeager. In The End presents Judd Burns in the vocal part. Aguardiente presents a sticky and danceable rhythm. Pa’La Calle, the number that gives the album its name, closes with an up-tempo download
It is not easy to put together a song with well-structured English texts and Calle Soul, honoring its name, dominates this art to perfection. Good balance in this debut, which is absolved with great detail.