Friend For Life CD (2008)

Artist: Ersi Arvizu

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Label Traffic Entertainment Group
SKU 207942634
UPC 045778684021
UPC 14 00045778684021
Format CD
Release Date 5/6/2008
Author Ersi Arvizu
Technical Info
Engineer Martin Pradler
Producer Ry Cooder
CatalogID 86840
Lable Name Anti
Released 05/06/2008
Original Release 2008
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00045778684021
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Ersi Arvizu (vocals); Joey Navarro (vocals, piano); Jacob Garcia, Mary Arvizu, Rosella Arvizu, Bill Mondragon, Juliette Commagere (vocals); Ry Cooder (guitar, bass guitar); Mickey Lespron, Ram¢n Stagnaro (guitar); Justo Almario, Scott Martin (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Steve Douglas & the Rebel Rousers, Javier Vergara, Brandon Fields (tenor saxophone); Robert Anthony Jr. Gil (baritone saxophone); Ron Blake , Harry Kim, Jos? "Perico" Hern ndez, Ramon Flores (trumpet); Francisco Torres, Arturo Velasco, Eric Jorgensen (trombone); Chris Barron , Van Dyke Parks (piano); Jim Keltner, Joachim Cooder (drums); Johnny Sandoval, Miguel Cruz (congas).
Audio Mixer: Martin Pradler.
Photographer: Estevan Oriol.
An intimate, moving autobiography set to music, FRIEND FOR LIFE relates the life and times of former El Chicano singer, amateur boxer, and all-around survivor, Ersi Arvizu. Her solo debut, FRIEND FOR LIFE, came to be after Ry Cooder cast Arvizu as the authentic East L.A. chanteuse on his CHAVEZ RAVINE album. Finding her stride as a vocalist again during those sessions, Arvizu tapped Cooder to produce FRIEND FOR LIFE and surrounded herself with family (her sisters contribute backing vocals on "Angel de Mil Voces" and "El Arbol") and friends (such as El Chicano co-founder Mickey Lespron) to help tell her story in song. In a compelling milieu of Latin, R & B, and jazz grooves, Arvizu bobs and weaves her way through sweeping torchsongs ("Mi India"), funk rave-ups ("Windows of Dreams"), and adult contemporary pop ("Friend for Life") with the lone consistency being her voice: real, weathered, and as devastating as a right hook.
Professional Reviews
Vibe (p.66) - "[T]he blazing autobiographical opener 'Windows Of Dreams' ensures divine immortality."
Dirty Linen (p.58) - "[A] very personal, yet danceable recording, alternating between selections sung in English and Spanish, that showcase Arvizu's sensuous, slightly gravelly voice."
Global Rhythm (Publication) (p.43) - "[S]he lingers on words, wringing every ounce of emotion out of a lyric before moving on....This is an unassuming album made with a startling honesty..."
Disc 1
1 Windows of Dreams
2 Arbol, El
3 En el Tambo
4 Mi India
5 Sin Tu Querer
6 Friend For Life
7 In the Closet
8 Soledad (Ya No Puede Ser)
9 Angel de Mil Voces
10 Mil Besos
11 Cruisin' to the Hop
12 Dichoso
Product Attributes
Artist Arvizu,Ersi
Music Format Compact Disc

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