When Latin fireball Estaire Godinez lived in the Twin Cities, she made sufficiently solid connections among local musicians that when it was time to record a new album, she returned from California and set up shop at Minneapolis's Brewhouse Studio. So naturally, her first performances celebrating This Time will be right here at the Dakota, backed by a strong contingent of those who played on the album, including Peter Schimke, Stokely Williams, Eric Leeds, Serge Akou, and Mike Scott, plus backup vocals from J.D. Steele and Kathleen Johnson. Godinez is an electrifying vocalist and ace on congas and other percussion devices, whose music embraces the full panoply of Latin styles, from salsa to Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, and jazz and pop variations. Her credits include stints with Prince, George Benson, and Larry Graham. Although This Time wasn't available at press time, the title track is a sleek, buoyant nugget that juggles Latin, jazz, and pop around a snaky sax line. Incidentally, Godinez reports that she sang on the score for and will appear in the upcoming feature film Mission Lights, starring Benjamin Bratt, directed by his brother Peter, and due for release in April.
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