The Manufacturers of Good Music
Spotlight on San Fernando Valley's The COMPANY Band
Frankie Firme ~ Contributing Editor
Anybody that knows me, knows that I love music & dancing. When the music is live, I love it even moreÔÇª.and when it's GOOD and live, I'm simply in the Land of 1000 Dances heaven!
Published on LatinoLA: July 24, 2008
Since the beginning of summer 2008, I have been taking a regular cruise up in the clouds thanks to my friends, THE COMPANY Band of L.A.'s fabled oasis, the San Fernando Valley, with the release of their 2nd CD, aptly entitled "CO-2".
16 masterful cuts of well-arranged party, club, and neighborhood music hits reflecting the current taste and favorites among that more mature and good looking Chicano party crowd on the West Coast de Aztlan.
The way the CD sounds, is the way the COMPANY band sounds live, believe me!
Featuring the "Diamond of the Valley," lead vocalist Becky Cordova, and a host of veteran guest musicians from the Valley including WAR master percussionist Sal Rodriguez, SANGRIA conguero Martin "Chile" Ortega, TIERRA former lead singer Issac Avila , along with ultra-talented COMPANY Band veterans Eddie "G" Garcia, Ray Cordova, and bassist Fred Brown, the COMPANY puts out an outstanding array of sound and music that defies you to sit quietly still ... let me tell you, it ain't gonna happen!
I am also privileged to be personal friends with the COMPANY for the past five years, being able to catch them live, and even put on a few shows with them, which has been a most rewarding and fun experience, as they are a great group of people, with lots of personality both on and off stage. The recent addition of drummer Brook Emilio has helped the Company jam it's way into the major leagues, and the dual killer four-keyboard action of Garcia and Cordova keep them there, unmatched anywhere in the Land of 1000 Dances for fingerwork grooves.
"CO-2" goes through the motions smoothly and cleanly, opening up with the time honored California bolero "Suavecito," cruisin' to Thee Midniter's classic "Givin' Up On Love," and jumping to club favorite, Cheryl Lynn's "Got to be Real" in just the first three tracks. Their transitions into the next song is as close to perfect as you can get.
I have personally seen Lady Cordova melt audiences with her sensual renditions of "Givin' Up On Love", as well as on "Sweet thing", and she simply nails it on Etta James's classic heart scorcher, "At last".
On "CO-2", she also cuts her Spanish language singing tooth on Gloria Estefan's immortal "Con Los A??os Que Me Quedan."
The band simply seduces you with their version of "You're Still a Young Man," and takes you to another level with their ripping version of the classic Cold Blood tune "Down to the Bone," rounding off their San Francisco Bay area tribute with a fine version of SAPO's haunting classic "I Can't Make It."
Bringing you back into the fold and rockin' your socks, Becky & Co. (i.e. THEE COMPANY) kick it out for the dance floor crowds as they jam carpet cutters like "Midas Touch", "Dance With Me", "Step in the Name of Love", and "Shake It Up Tonight", among others that make it an outright party.
Being privileged to debut their new CD on worldwide Internet radio stations East L.A. Revue, Chicano Express, and Rockin' Radio has been my pleasure, and the great audience response tells me I wasn't wrong!
2008 is a great year to be in good company ... and I highly encourage you to start with
THE COMPANY ... you won't be disappointed!
"CO-2"... available at your record store and on line / now!
Frankie Firme ~ Contributing Editor:
The Al Capone of the microphone, and the Hitman of West Coast Chicano Soul can be heard regularly on eastLArevue.com, chicanoexpress.com, and for the month of July on [url=htt
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