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Gregor Huebner: El Violin Latino Vol. 3: Los Soñadores (Zoho)

A review of the German-born violinist's album honoring the dreamers

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Gregor Huebner: El Violin Latino Vol. 3: Los Soñadores
The cover of El Violin Latino Vol. 3: Los Soñadores by Gregor Huebner

When Gregor Huebner launched his El Violin Latino project, it seemed innocently transnational, an opportunity for the German-born violinist to show his appreciation for (and mastery of) a wide range of Latin music: tango, bossa nova, son, charanga, and so on. With Vol. 3: Los Soñadores, however, Huebner seems less a musical tourist than a player who has become deeply involved in a musical community and its concerns.

“Los Soñadores” translates as “the Dreamers,” and indeed, the title tune addresses the impact that the fight over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has had on the lives of young Latin American immigrants to the United States. (It even boasts bilingual lyrics, to reflect the dual status of the Dreamers.) Movingly declaimed by the group’s vocalist Yumarya, the song engages our sympathy, and its politics are more human than partisan, speaking to the universal longing for security, hope, and freedom.

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J.D. Considine

J.D. Considine has been writing about jazz and other forms of music since 1977. His work has appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Musician, Spin, Vibe, Blender, Revolver, and Guitar World. He was music critic at the Baltimore Sun for 13 years, and jazz critic at the Globe and Mail for nine. He has lived in Toronto since 2001.