Sounds Like: Buena Vista Social Club
Label: email@example.com, Fable Records
Bio: Javier Chaparro, virtuoso violinist born in Lima, Peru, settled into Austin, Texas in the mid 1980s and while embedded in the classical world of the Austin Symphony and as a solo guest artist in Europe and the Western Continents, he couldn't help but become enamored with the fertile singer/songwr...See Full Bio
"...classical violinist Javier Chaparro, whose many years with the Austin Symphony and as guest soloist with orchestras around the world haven't prevented him from making a graceful and lovely album of original pop songs in a variety of latin styles. Born in Lima, Peru, Chaparro has lived in Austin since the 1980's and was inspired by the Austin songwrwiter culture to try his hand at writing his own songs...Chaparro delves into samba, cumbia, waltz, ballad, rumba, and Mexican polka and is sure-footed in each, though he seems most at home in the sambas, where his gentle vocal sits comfortably with the nimble rhythms and glancing melodies despite a vibrato and a skosh wider than most. Except for "Cachetito Polka" and the comic "Mil Pretextos", the dominant mood is romantic and the lyrics sentimental, verging on cloying at times, but they're in Spanish, where sentimentalism rarely sounds wrong. There aren't many debut albums as fine as this.