Ernesto Lecuona's ...Y La Negra Bailaba! performed by Gabriela Montero on SoLatino, EMI Classics.
Gabriela Montero has made this album her own, showing her heritage with a very personal expression and fun mood. SoLatino digs deep into Latin American culture with six different composers and some extra improvisations by Montero herself.
The CD begins with a couple fun, bouncy Latin pieces by Lecuona which transitions perfectly into a slower ballad. It is obvious from the start of the recording that the thought-out selection of pieces and songs makes for a complete, diverse idea of the range of Latin compositions and techniques.