Venezuelan label Cacao Música is truly doing what no one else in the music industry seems to be doing these days, as they continue to advocate for creative and genre-defying Latin artists still intent on producing new and remarkable work. Guitarist Aquiles Báez, whose talents have graced the projects of everyone from Paquito D’Rivera to Fareed Haque, launches a culturally rich offering in La Patilla, combining the wealth of his native Venezuelan music with jazz and world textures. The South American country has certainly produced its share of virtuosi, and Báez’s extraordinary skill on the Venezuelan cuatro, combined with his gift for contemporary harmony and arrangements, show us the many facets of his musical personality. Alongside the participation of many of his panas (musical brothers), Báez likens his journey to the work of a painter exploring the nuances of color and light and brings his sense of mystical wonder to this recording.
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