Following his Billboard Contemporary Latin Jazz Album of the Year for 1993 award for Dreams & Desires, Uruguayan harpist Roberto Perera continues to explore new and creative ways to meld his folkloric instrument with contemporary jazz on Seduction, his fifth recording overall, fourth on the Heads Up label.
Blending rhythms from around the world, Perera's musical vision reflects Latin, pop, jazz, Afro-Cuban, and South American influences. This kaleidoscope of original sounds has brought Perera recognition as a pioneer in sophisticated contemporary music. Whether he is performing at the Hispanic Heritage Awards, attending a reception at the White House, or playing concerts and festivals with his superb supporting players, this elegant gentleman seems to fit comfortably in any situation.
His work on Seduction confirms once again that this Miami-based maestro's creativity knows no bounds. Not content to simply rework the formulas that have delivered success in the past, Perera again experiments with new concepts and challenges himself with unconventional material and the presence of virtuoso talent.
Guesting on Seduction is Latin jazz icon Paquito D'Rivera on clarinet and saxophone. Perera's first encounter with D'Rivera was in 1992 at Lincoln Center for the Latin Jazz USA Festival. " On my past albums, I was honored to have musicians such as Luis Enrique contribute to those recordings. I wanted an added dimension on Seduction, and Paquito's heartfelt contribution was a true blessing," says Perera. Like virtually everything in which Perera is involved, the recording engagement went perfectly, and Paquito's presence on "Take You There," a bright samba, and "Delirio", a gorgeous bolero from the 1950's, are among the many album highlights. From his stunning unaccompanied performance on "Prelude To Forgotten Land" to the fresh approach of Stevie Wonder's upbeat "I Am Singing" (sung in Portuguese, Spanish and English), and the flamenco-spiced rhythmic workout of his self-penned "Spanish Dancer," Roberto Perera once more provides a recording with one provocative performance after another.