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Review from Offbeat Magazine, New Orleans

Javier Gutierrez & Viváz
Latin Caravan

A native of Bolivia, Gutierrez is a musical wizard, excelling on Spanish and electric guitars and on the Cuban tres, a guitar-like instrument made up of three double strings. And though much of the Viváz sound has Cuban roots, amazingly none of the 11 band members are from Cuba, but it doesn't matter. The sound is there and it sizzles! Between Gutierrez's incredible guitar virtuosity and lead vocals and the percussion, keyboards, bass and a killer horn section, there isn't a base left uncovered. Everything from salsa and flamenco to cha-chas. Featuring guest appearance by Joe Canoura on flute.

Six of the CD's ten tracks are original compositions by Gutierrez or members of the band, while some of the other cuts are covers of songs by Tito Puente, Jose Feliciano and the Gipsy Kings.  The instruments and the talent are definitely there, so hopefully we'll be hearing more. It's a great record.
Viva Viváz!  - Dean M. Shapiro


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Ecos Latinos series presents: Javier Gutierrez


Vivaz at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival - Acura Stage
Musicians: on Lead guitar and Vocals Javier Gutierrez, Josh Reppel(bass),Rik Fletcher (Piano)
Ashlin Parker (1st Trumpet) Jeff Sutton (2nd Trumpet) (Trombone) Matthew Shilling (Flute/Sax)
Gabriel Velasco (Drums) Donald Jarquin congas



WWL Spirit of Louisiana Latin Version
Featuring Javier Gutierez




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