Tito Lopez

Tito Rides In

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Fans of acid jazz (the subgenre as well as the label) will definitely appreciate this album, which combines elements of funk and soul with hints of Latin swagger and a solid foundation of smooth jazz. Though the origins of its frontman are clouded in mystery, the musical talent of Lopez and his bandmates is immediately apparent. The first song, "Our Man From Bombay," starts things off with a smooth, bossa nova-esque rush. A solid brass section, toe-tappable beats, and groove-a-licious electric keyboards work together to create an album that can appeal to jazz lovers and jazz know-nothings alike. Most of the tracks are instrumental, but on "Tito," female vocalist Kristen McClure adds her own brand of watered-down soul. Though Lopez gets almost all of the attention in the label's PR material, drummer Harbans Srih co-wrote the album. Lopez died in Mexico City in 2000, but since this material was recorded in 1997-1999, his demise did not hinder production. Nor would it stop the release of a second album, featuring more of the material recorded during the original sessions.

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