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Frankie Reyes is the alias of Gabriel Reyes-Whittaker who also records as GB (Gifted & Blessed). Boleros Valses y Mas, his Stones Throw debut, is an album comprised of popular Latin standards, reworked by Reyes with an Oberheim synthesizer. The inspiration for Boleros Valses y Mas formed when...

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Originalitos: The return of Frankie Reyes

Frankie Reyes (aka Gabriel Reyes-Whittaker) is back with Originalitos, his second album for Stones Throw. Throughout eight original compositions created on the analogue Oberheim synthesizer,... Read More

Frankie Reyes – La Comparsa

Frankie Reyes walks the streets of Highland Park, Los Angeles in this clip for "La Comparsa," from the album Boleros Valses y Mas. Frankie Reyes... Read More

360 video: In the dungeon, with Frankie Reyes and Stones Throw crew

In the dungeon: Frankie Reyes on the boards, Mndsgn and Stones Throw crew keeping busy. 1 dog. 1 skunk. Just a normal day at the... Read More

Chat with Frankie Reyes

We just announced an Latin standards album by Frankie Reyes called Boleros Valses y Mas. Reyes is the alias of Gabriel Reyes-Whittaker who also records... Read More

Frankie Reyes flips Latin standards for debut Stones Throw album, Boleros Valses y Mas

FRANKIE REYES - BOLEROS VALSES Y MAS Latin standards on synth.  Frankie Reyes is the alias of Gabriel Reyes-Whittaker who also records as GB (Gifted... Read More

Frankie Reyes

Frankie Reyes is the alias of Gabriel Reyes-Whittaker who also records as GB (Gifted & Blessed). Boleros Valses y Mas, his Stones Throw debut, is an album comprised of popular Latin standards, reworked by Reyes with an Oberheim synthesizer. The inspiration for Boleros Valses y Mas formed when Los Angeles radio collective Dublab invited Gabriel to participate in an event themed specifically around Latin American modernism. “I thought about how I might capture the essence of this theme using my instrument of choice, the synthesizer. What came to mind was to cover some of the classic Latin American compositions that I grew up hearing around me and have grown to love as I've gotten older, most of them in the bolero style but a few in the waltz, son, and even mariachi style.” By using audio-to-MIDI and sheet music-to-MIDI processing Gabriel has re-contextualized these popular tracks easily overheard while visiting any of Los Angeles' predominantly Latino neighborhoods with a single Oberheim synth. By removing the lyrics, the emphasis remains on the melodic, harmonic and rhythmic aspects of these classics, many still sung by Latin American artists today.