Pulse of Entertainment: Canelita Sabrosa Debuts with Self-Titled 16 Track Album
(August 30, 2022) - "I want to keep the style of what's coming next,"
said conga player Chris Nettuno about his band Canelita Sabrosa's music, heard on their debut self-titled
release. "What makes us unique is...we have an African-American, Puerto Rican, I'm Italian, Afro Cuban...."
The "Canelita Sabrosa (Tasty Cinnamon)" (Canelita Sabrosa Records) album offers the
listeners 16 tracks and four of those have the vocals of Kenny Nettuno giving the album the cherry on a well-prepared cake.
The band consist of Chris and Kenny (also on acoustic guitar); Julio Miranda, Jr. on electric, acoustic, and bass guitars;
Chunk Sounds on drums; Frankie Quinones on percussion; Matt Stallard, J. Troy, and Andre Bowman on bass; Justin Powell on
trumpet, and Ed Hughes and Mac Isseks on sax and flute. All the musicians are fellow studio instrumentalists that decided
to form a multi-cultural band after months performing to a growing crowd on Chris' porch.
"I started playing
congas late in life," Nettuno said when I asked. "It's my band. We're a straight up Jazz band, but I learned it's
hard for Jazz bands to get jobs, so I wanted to do music that gets us jobs."
Canelita Sabrosa is known for
turning cover songs into something instrumentally special. They play Latin, Jazz, R&B, Funk and Rock music. Their new
self-titled album offers originals and cover songs.
"I tell them dig into your soul. Whatever comes out, let
loose when it's your solo," said Nettuno about Canelita Sabrosa's style of playing.
Chris said during Covid
some of his studio musician friends didn't know how they were going to make a living, so he paid them to perform in his living
room. The sounds coming from his house draw a dancing crowd that grew bigger and bigger. Then they moved from inside his house
to his porch and the crowd grew even bigger. So much so, they ended up on the local news.
"I spent $500 that
I did not have and streamed it. There were people from Italy, France, Spain and South America," Chris said about how
the concept for the new album came to be. "You don't know who is lessoning. When we moved to the front porch 150 - 200
people were there. We did that for about four months before Atlanta opened back up. We noticed there were older people and
younger people - kids. I said we have to record this."
The "Canelita Sabrosa" album is truly a treat
produced by five-time Grammy winner Dru Castro (Usher), Chunky Sounds and two-time Grammy winning Julio Mirando. Four-time
Grammy winning Ralph Cacciurri (Coldplay) was the engineer on the project. Most of the selections that I love are cover songs
because I love the way they make the different instruments sing so excellently that you can almost hear words. My favorites
on the album include #1 Camila Cabello's cover "Senorita" because the guitar playing is so hot and sexy; #3 "Si
Se Puede (Yes You Can)" because of the rhythm of the congas and that horn playing giving it that Latin feel; #6 Camila
Cabello's cover "Havana" because of the way the guitar is singing and I love the conga solo giving it that Latin
feel and I must mention the trumpet solo, it is jazzy hot; #8 the Bill Withers cover "Use Me" because I love how
the congas begin the track and then how the guitar is singing again - I could almost hear words - and I love the horn's climax,
and #9 The Cure's cover "Love Song" because that guitar is singing again so much so I didn't have it! www.CandelitaSabrosa.com
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