Louie Cruz Beltran is more than a gifted musician and composer. He is a charismatic showman. "Live at the Ford" is his second CD, following his outstanding debut studio release, "Its My Time". Recorded live under the stars at the prestigious John Anson Ford Amphitheatre (a Los Angeles County Regional Park operated by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission) on a summer evening, "Live at the Ford" captures Louie doing what he really does best - working a sell out crowd in a festival setting. The response and energy from the audience add even more fuel to Louie's dynamic performance.
All compositions were written and arranged by Louie, with the exception of "Ican" by Eddie Cano. Louie's strong vocals and percussion (he plays both timbales and congas) are backed by some of the top musicians on the vibrant Los Angeles Latin music scene. There is nothing like the excitement of a live Louie Cruz Beltran performance. Whether he is working in LA's top jazz clubs, or performing at major venues like Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas or for the Playboy Jazz Festival, Louie's impact and rapport with his audience is clear.
No wonder legendary Hollywood publicist Warren Cowan (who has worked with A list stars from Paul Newman to Elton John), wrote "As a performer and as a composer, Louie Cruz Beltran is one of the great musical artists of his generation."
"...superheated Latin rhythms..." Don Heckman, LA Times
"..watching Louie Cruz Beltran work up the crowd is like watching a master chef at work." Chris Page, Eye on Entertainment