Susan Palma Nidel: Elegante

The subtitle and list of guests should tell you just about all you need to know about this intriguing mix of classical and folk music. “New Flute Music From South America” is just under the title, as is the list of guests artists, which includes Ivan Lins, Branford Marsalis, Chico Pinheiro, the Borromeo String Quartet and Leonardo Amuedo.  The album is bookended by Lins singing along with a gentle folk ensemble, with Palma’s flutes floating over like cirrus clouds. Chamber folk graces the ears on “Invitacion Al Danzon” and “Milonga para Hermato” which features simple cellos/piano, or guitar and bandoneon in conjunction with the woodwind. A feathery feel permeates each piece with a breezy sway filling the ears.

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