Album Reviews

Silvetti: Spring Rain (Big Break Records)

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Bebu Silvetti was an Argentinean-born pianist who caught the ear of American label Salsoul, who signed the budding musician and arranger. His second album for the label, Spring Rain, is a record of incomparable style and flavor, that blends disco, jazz, and easy listening music into an interesting, unique amalgam.

The title track was a modest international success, while those of a certain age may find themselves discovering and learning more about a song oft used as bumper music. Silvetti’s sonic arrangements gave disco a Latin groove, tasteful strings a la Henry Mancini or Percy Faith, and sweet, sensual cooing. Silvetti is a master of mood, and with the assistance of legendary producer and mixer Tom Moulton, together the create an unworldly sound–whether it’s the angelic light ballad “Fortune Teller,” the jaunty dance grooves of “Voyager” and “Coconut Rain,” or the jazzy “A Smile at Dawn,” Spring Rain is a treasure-trove of gentle, soft easy-listening disco.

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