Louie Cruz Beltran | It's My Time

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It's My Time

by Louie Cruz Beltran

This CD combines English and Spanish and Latin and R&B and may be the greatest accomplishment in today's musical scene bringing together the Caribbean and Urban rhythms which will touch your soul and leave you hungry for more.
Genre: Jazz: Latin Jazz
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1. It's My Time
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2. Samba Lady
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3. Cha Cha Tango de Paris
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4. Tell Me What You Have to Say
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5. Senorita Mia
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6. Have Some Fun
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7. Special Love
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8. The Ring
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9. Cu Rumba
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Louie Cruz Beltran was born in Bakersfield, California and now resides in Los Angeles. He has crafted a musical career upon the soulful sounds of his ethnic background and flavored it with contemporary R&B, Jazz, Latin Jazz and Salsa. Steeped in music from early childhood, Beltran's first memories recall his mother singing gospel music, Mexican and Caribbean folk tunes. As early as the third grade, Beltran was playing bongos and learning the guitar.

The early recordings of artists such as Ray Barretto, Mongo Santamaria, Tito Puente, Ray Armando, Poncho Sanchez, Francisco Aquabella and Jorge Claudio sparked Louie's interest. Captivated by the Afro-Cuban and Puerto Rican rhythms of these artists, he chose to pursue the art of percussion, specializing in the timbales, congas, bongos and Bata. "The beauty of Afro-Cuban music stole my heart," Beltran said. "I was born to play congas. I am a rumbero." It has been an honor for him to have shared the stage with most of these great artists.

During a trip to the Bay Area, Louie had the honor of meeting the legendary Coke Escovedo who was impressed by Beltran's charisma, enthusiasm and talent. Escovedo became one of Beltran's early professional mentors, inviting the young musician to perform with him on a number of occasions and encouraging him to pursue his goals.

Years later, fate would re-connect Beltran to the Escovedo family when he met and performed with Coke's brother, Pete Escovedo, at a memorial benefit for a mutual friend. Since then, Louie and Pete have shared the stage on a number of occasions and developed a deep respect for one another.

In 1978 Beltran joined the group Starrfire – an R&B/Latin Jazz ensemble - and toured throughout the United States, Europe, Scandinavia, the Middle East and Africa.

In 1990 he was honored with the placement of his composition "Pan Con Dignidad (Bread with Dignity)" in the compilation series "Who's Who of Composers."

In addition to performing regularly at popular venues such as Catalina Jazz Club and the Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood, the Louie Cruz Beltran Latin Jazz/Salsa Orchestra has headlined many music festivals throughout the West Coast including the Beverly Hills and Pasadena Playboy Jazz Festivals. He also had a guest appearance with Santana at the Gibson (Universal) Amphitheatre and headlined Santana’s VIP show. His recent tours have taken him to the Boulders Resort's El Pedregal in Scottsdale,Arizona as well as the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas. He welcomed in the New Year at the venerable Peninsula Hotel Beverly Hills with a standing room only performance to exceptional acclaim and will be back there next year by popular demand.

While showcasing his music at popular venues regularly, Louie continues to work as a composer, recording artist and instructor.


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Carmelita

It's My Time
Accidently found Louie on his brother Robert's site as I was trying to find out what nationality Robert was. I was thinking "who is this person...he sure is nice looking and looks a lot like Robert". What a joy to listen to this uplifting and dream CD. Love it so much that I bought 8 of them - for myself and Christmas gifts! As I listen to it repeatedly (and I stress a lot of repeats) every song is now becoming my favorite, but It's My time and Have Some Fun are the best. You can listen to it chilling out or jump up and start cha cha'ing. It is wonderful CD for a party...a tune for all latin, jazz, R&B, soul, salsa lovers and each and every song different and unique.
Louie, Please...we need for you to make time in your busy schedule to make us fans more CD's!!! Bless you with continued success in your career and God given talents.

Rene Kostoff

I love this music!
This is such an upbeat album. Songs in both English and Spanish are great. We need more of his music.

Theresa

WOW! Romantic and makes you dance what a combination.
This CD is beyond hip. Finally a CD that has it all. Wow I can't believe it.

Stasi

It's My Time- The Ring
What a cute song- Charming and testy. Really clever lyrics and a great beat.

Mary S.

marvellous!
A friend raved about this CD, and, somewhat skeptical, I decided to check the album out for myself. Well, if anything, my friend underrated this man's work! What an evocative and original selection of songs; I loved every one of them.

Lena Cortez

It's My Time - it is your time - where have you been all my life.
You have a great gift from God. Please continue writing and singing your heart away. My favorite is "Cha Cha Tango de Paris" - I picture myself in Paris in a night club you singing directly to me while I drink my wine. Thank you.

Erica C.

IT'S MY TIME - WOW
WOW. It usually takes me a view times listening to a CD to appreciate the songs, not this one.
I had just received the CDs and was making dinner, dancing to the beat. What wonderful rhythm and lyrics. Couldn't really choose one favorite song they all have their special 'magic'. I strongly recommend it to anyone looking for romantic and up beat music, this CD has it all and then some. Really !!!
Great job Louie, muchos gracias!

C. Miller

Sumamente Caliente
In this successful synergism of upbeat Latin sounds and original lyrics, impressively infused dance tracts especially, Senorita Mia and Samba Lady, make you get up and move. Have Some Fun is a celebratory Anniversary theme song and the harmonic texture of Cu Rumba leaves you begging for more…on that note, I look forward to future albums.

Silvia

Muy Caliente!
A wonderful mix of original ballads and Salsa songs that will touch your heart and soul. Senorita Mia and Cha Cha Tango de Paris are a Salsa dancer's delight! I highly recommend you buy this cd for yourself and your friends!

Teresa King

Tell Me What You Have To Say
Very romantic, love all your songs.
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