IN THE STORE | 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
& 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.

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