The meeting between the Cuban conguero Fernando Sanchez and the Colombian percussionist and arranger Fernando Valencia in Arkansas (USA) resulted in the birth of the band Soul Street, an ensemble based in the time of the salsa that flirts with the blues and a strong influence of timba.
Pa La Calle, an album in which Andrew Thompson wrote all the compositions and arrangements, includes 12 original tracks that show a great influence of the musical speech of the Cuban Van Van. Trombones, violins and flute, as well as most vowels in English, are the hallmark of Arkansas.
Nothing 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 The Eyes, number that 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 by flutist Nathan McLeod and saxophonist Mitch Yeager. In The End presents Judd Burns on vocals. Brandy presents a sticky and danceable rhythm. Pa’La Calle, number that gives its name to the album, closes with an up-tempo download
It is not easy to put together a song with well structured English texts and Calle Soul, honoring his name, mastered this art perfectly. Good balance in this debut, which is absolved with luxury of details.
Calle Soul – Nada Mas