Nine new original compositions by Costa Rican composer Luis Muñoz, twice winner of an ACAM Award (2006 and 2011) for "Jazz Composer/Producer of the Year". "Luz" features trumpet player Jonathan Dane, pianists George Friedenthal and Adam Asarnow, guitarrist Chris Judge and singers Magos Herrera (México) and Téka Penteriche (Brazil).
*TOP 5 CDs of The Year" (Felix Contreras, NPR Jazz)
*TOP 10 CDs OF THE YEAR" AND "BEST LATIN JAZZ CD OF THE YEAR" (Michael J West, JazzTimes Magazine)
*BEST LATIN JAZZ CD OF THE YEAR" (W Royal Stokes, Jazz Journalists Association)
*25 BEST LATIN JAZZ CDs OF THE YEAR (#10) (8th Annual Jazz Critics Poll – 2013)
It is the simple and sheer beauty of the melodic musicality of Luis Muñoz that is so powerful that these qualities captivate the senses. It is not as if Mr. Muñoz’s music is simplistic or sentimental; it is just that his melodies seem to be inspired by an extraordinary soul. 5 STARS. "Latin Jazz Network"
Muñoz is a sophisticated composer who researched and rehearsed his material well, and conveys a populist approach to his music while maintaining a flair for elegance. Luz is a comfortable record, an indication of a relaxed production, evidence to the adage of doing what you know best.. "AllAboutJazz"