A surprise creative “genius” grant from the San Jose–based Belle Foundation sent prolific Santa Barbara composer Luis Muñoz, his band, and three great singers to one of New York City’s top recording studios for this project, and as a result, the work overflows with the warmth and gratitude that recognition can bring. In addition to collaborating with the musicians and singers, Muñoz, ever the connector of all creative types, brought three distinguished Latin American poets on board to cowrite Spanish-language lyrics, and area artist Mary Heebner to provide the cover art. As promised in the title, there are vocals on every track, and the sound is lush, varied, and deeply romantic. Muñoz has become a consistent favorite of the international music scene, landing on many critics’ lists of top composers. This enchanting effort should take him further than ever.


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