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LAYLA ANGULO AÑO 2005 . LIVE AT THE TRIPLE DOOR

 01 Intro,
02 La Noche Del Tambor,
03 Desesperos,
04 Luna Rosa,
05 Muneca,
06 A Golpe De Cajon,
07 Que Te Vaya Bien Sin Mi,
08 Tus Manos,
09 La Rumbera

Musicos;
 Layla Angulo (Director, alto sax, vocal), Eric Verlinder (piano), Jeff
Norwood (bass), Randy Burgeson (trumpet), Stuart Hambly (trombone), Galand Green
(baritone sax, flute), Edsson Otero (timbales, cajon), Walter A. Torres (congas,
vocal), Rafael Quinones (bonos, cowbell), Carlos Cascante (percussion, vocal), Eddie
Rodriquez (percussion, vocal)
Record Label: Independent
 Latin Jazz, what can I say - I love the excitement of the percussion and vibrancy of
the horns. I typically enjoy good Latin music with very little exception.  So, when I
received Layla Angulo's new release, Live at the Triple Door, I was excited and
anxious at the same time.
Excited, because the person Layla Angulo is as sexy as mysterious; anxious, to see if
the CD had what it took to make people get past her looks.  I can only tell you Layla
has and continues to pay her dues.  Her webpage say's that Layla was born in
Louisiana, and raised in a variety of locales - Boston, Los Angeles, and Seattle.
Layla started her musical journey at the age of five, finding the saxophone at the
young age of ten. By the time she was fourteen, Layla had begun performing at jazz
clubs in Boston.
Finishing a formal music education, Layla continued her professional life in Europe.
She took Spain by storm and continued gobbling up the cultural musicality’s of her
new peers. Determined that she must lead her own band, her first release The Layla
Angulo Sextet, combined the rhythms of Afro-Peruvian and Latin jazz, taking it into
entirely new realms.
Layla and the band remain primarily in the Pacific Northwest, tantalizing audiences
of all sizes. A recent highlight in her career, Layla shared the stage with Tony
Bennet, at the 75th Anniversary Gala of the Paramount Theatre.
 Layla's newest release, Live at the Triple Door, is a collection of mostly original
arrangements, showcasing the band in a live recording. The inclusion of Eddie
Palmieri's 'Muneca' pays homage to the artform that set Ms. Angulo in her musical
direction.  This recording clearly documents the leadership and musical capabilities
of this dynamic young lady. 
Layla's website suggests that she may very well be the only female saxophonist,
composing her own music for a large band.  This may be true, I cannot say - but she
is certainly one of a handful of women instrumentalists performing in the Latin Jazz
genre, and doing a terrific job at it.
Born in Louisiana to parents of Greek and Irish descent, raised between Boston, Los
Angeles, Hawaii and Seattle, Layla Angulo began playing the piano at age five, the
saxophone at age ten, and was performing in jazz clubs by the time she was fourteen.
After her studies at Cornish College of the Arts, this talented young woman moved to
Spain where she played and performed with Spanish and European musicians.
Returning from Europe, Layla was moved by what she heard in Afro-Peruvian music. Her
study of composers such as Chabuca Granda, and Susana Baca led to her to writing
music that mixed jazz with Afro-Peruvian rhythms. After the release of her first CD,
Layla expanded her interests in World rhythms and began a study of the complex
rhythms of her Greek ancestry as well as experiments in mixing World rhythms and
jazz.
 Layla toured Sicily where she performed sold-out concerts with some of Italy’s finest
jazz musicians. The song La Rumbera, written by Layla Angulo and Walter Torres, was
Semi-Finalist in the 2005 International Songwriting Competition (ICS) and in 2006 it
received an Honorable Mention. Layla not only composes for herself and her group, but
has also written numerous songs and albums for other artists and for a short films
including Cinder starring Julia Ling (Jackie Chan Disciples), which is due out later
this year.
 With the release of two Latin Jazz CDs, and an intensely loyal and growing fan base,
Layla and her band create a thrilling musical experience wherever they perform
whether it is a quintet or her large 13 piece orchestra, as can be heard on her CD,
Live at the Triple Door. Live at the Triple Door has received high praise from not
only the Seattle Times and the Stranger, but is being played on a regular basis in
Radio Stations across the world.
Most recently, Keilwerth saxophones and Sonare Wind flutes have endorsed Layla. She
only plays a Keilwerth saxophone on Live at the Triple Door.
As one of a handful of women instrumentalists performing in the genre, Layla may very
well be the only female saxophonist/composer/vocalist of authentic Latin, Afro-
Peruvian Jazz in the world today