Editors’ Notes The Cuban-born percussionist Luis Conte is a veteran studio and touring musician who has played with a wide range of artists as varied as James Taylor, Pat Metheny, Phil Collins, and Beck. En Casa de Luis presents a nice mix of jazz instrumentals, Afro-Cuban grooves, and other material. Conte overdubs a rich array of percussion here, but he also plays synth, accordion, and bass. “The Last Resort” is a nice slice of West Coast Latin Jazz decked out with Walt Fowler’s trumpet and flugelhorn. On “Water Pots,” Conte incorporates Middle Eastern and North African percussion and Barry Coates lays down a nice guitar hook. There’s also a clave-driven take on the Peggy Lee hit “Fever” that won’t be confused with any other version. Some of best cuts are short, unpretentious percussion workouts that ripple with excitement. The opening title track finds Conte’s appealing lead vocals riding layers of percussion; welcome backup singers join in, and party chatter can be heard in the background. One gem, “Conga Melody,” incorporates chants, handclaps, ukulele, accordion, and drums to make a joyful noise.

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En Casa de Luis
1
3:08
 
The Last Resort
2
6:08
 
El Rumbero Mas Chevere
3
3:05
 
Water Pots
4
3:44
 
Sticks and Stones
5
6:48
 
Fever
6
3:24
 
Conga Melody
7
3:11
 
Eden
8
3:18
 
Dance of the Firefly
9
6:53
 
There's Only Love
10
6:04
 
Mi China
11
1:50
 

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