BMAN’S BLUES REPORT
Ermelinda Cuellar – What A Difference A Day Made – New Release Review
I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, What A Difference A Day Made, from Ermelinda Cuellar, and it’s a strong mix of jazz standards and Latin flavored music. Opening with Man With A Horn, Texas born vocalist Ermelinda Cuellar sings with confidence over tight instrumentation by Gilbert Sedeno on piano, Greg Petito on guitar, Anthony Caceres on bass, and Marlon Simon on drums and percussion, Arribal Ambert on percussion and featuring really strong trombone work by Andre Hayward. Beautiful Latin ballad, Sabor A Mi is really nicely handled by Cuellar with particularly nice guitar work by Sedeno and clean piano soloing by Sedeno. Very nice. Mercer’s Midnight Sun enjoys a light Latin percussion and Cuellar’s vocals float on the music with excellent trombone work accent lines by Hayward and with an extended piano lead by Sedeno. Another Latin song, Historia De Un Amor, (sung in Spanish) has such a nice presence. Cuellar’s phrasing is sensitive, complimented nicely by Petito on acoustic guitar, Simon and Ambert on percussion and Sedeno on piano. Hayward really lays in another strong trombone solo, contrasting the quiet nature of the track and reinforcing Cuellar’s powerful vocals. Very nice. Wrapping the release is a Latin flavored Alone Together, with tight percussion, and strong piano efforts by Sedeno, balanced by excellent Trombone by Hayward and Cuellar’s own percussive vocals and fluid guitar lead by Petito. Excellent closer for a very strong release.