This album consists of five songs from Nothing Like the Sun… re-recorded in Spanish and Portugese. This was a well-done project – the translations are good and Sting manages the Spanish and Portugese pronunciations well. However, unless you are huge fan, or enjoy hearing the songs sung in different languages, this is an album you'll want to pass over.
Producer Bob Belden has turned reinventing the music of Miles Davis into a cottage industry, taking Davis to India for 2008’s Miles from India, and more recently Belden has given us Asiento, which re-imagined Bitches Brew as a slice of electronica. Now he gives us Miles Español, which finds Belden pairing veterans of Davis' various bands with musicians from Spain, Morocco, and Latin America on classic tracks from Davis' Sketches of Spain and Kind of Blue albums. Hearing Davis compositions with oud, bassoon, accordion, and bongos is certainly exotic and interesting, but one longs for the elegant, stately grace of the original albums.
A fascinating look at a rarely seen side of Hollywood, Now en Espanol follows the trials and travails of five hard-working Latina actresses who dub Desperate Housewives for Spanish language audiences in the United States. With real lives that are often as dramatic and as desperate as those of their onscreen counterparts, the five dynamic women struggle to pursue their Hollywood dreams while balancing the responsibilities of paying rent and raising children. Each actress is at a different stage on the path to success but all have to confront the precarious nature of their careers when the dubbing of Desperate Housewives is cancelled and their jobs come to an end. Shot over the course of several years by Latina filmmaker Andrea Meller, Now en Espanol offers an inside look at the challenges faced by many Latino actors while offering a warm and engaging portrait of five gutsy women as they follow their dreams against all odds.
…From this background material Handel made something completely new, with rich, unusual sound effects in the strings. Banzo's group Al Ayre Español, which does not at all restrict itself to Spanish music, catches this kind of unusual moment quite vividly. It's a specialist group of the best kind, the kind that aims at general audiences and puts across fairly arcane material by dint of sheer musicality. An ideal choice for those who want to get deeper into how Handel's London audiences heard his music.