|Casa Mendoza - 'Self Titled' (Mascot Records)|
|Written by Nev Brooks|
|Friday, 24 September 2010 05:30|
Glancing at the track list on this album, straight away you pull up three classic covers : Stevie Wonder's 'Living For The City', Dale Hawkins' 'Suzy Q' and Carole King's 'You Got A Friend', which immediately tells me that this album is a bit of a personal workout, playing music that they enjoy rather than to satisfy a record label. So, who's responsible? Marco Mendoza. So, who's Marco Mendoza?
So what do we have musically? Besides, at times, a freeform jazz/funk rock workout something with a fair bit of soul - check out 'You', vocally but not with obvious slants. Check out the South African feel to the intro to 'Living For The City' or the Cuban influences in the middle section of the aforementioned 'You'. There's a bit of Bootsy Collins at times, especially prevalent on 'Circle Of Life', mixed in with a bit of Gil Scott Heron. By the time I got to track eight, 'Betty Joe', I'm dancing but then the album shifts. From then on it's down to soulful balladeering (wish they'd kept up the funk!) and the album drifts until the Latino burst of 'Tu'.