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– Todos Reconocen
– Puerto Rico
– Quiet Mind
Dave is a New York City based singer songwriter. He was raised in Puerto Rico and currently performs his mesmerizing version of polyglot Spanish and English rock and reggae songs in clubs around New York City. He has just released his new album of Spanish Rock songs called “Cuentos de la Porta Del Sol (Capitulo Uno); available on iTunes and other online outlets.
I was looking for a sound that I hadn’t played on Audio Gumshoe in awhile. It seemed to me that a latin feel was in order. I started my search this time at Ariel Publicity. Imagine my surprise when I clicked on the very first artist and found that he was, indeed, a latin performer.
What I liked about Dave Sasscer at the first listen was that his music didn’t simply provide latin rhythms — it also provided a natural groove and feel that made the toe tap and the body sway. Whether physically or emotionally, music should move us. Sasscer’s tunes did this for me as soon as I began to explore his songs.
Dave Sasscer’s album “Cuentos de la Porta Del Sol (Capitulo Uno)” reflects his ability to not only share the feel of his birth-land Puerto Rico, but the influences he cites. Dave says he “…learned to write songs by listening to the Beatles and learned to sing by mimicking Bob Marley. Or maybe it was the other way around…” Regardless, he provides listeners with a polyglot of Spanish and English tunes that you can find him performing in venues around the New York City area. The NYC crowd has begun to call his music “rhythmic rock.”
From his bio:
[Dave Sasscer] is joined in the studio and onstage by a roving group of musicians that go by the name the “Mojo Conga Jam”. Regular members of the “MCJ”
include David Patterson on guitar (alumnus of Atlanta Singer/songwriter Shaun Mullins and the Indigo Girls), David Gomez on percussion (internationally acclaimed Latin Jazz percussionist and Hiram Bullock/Omar Hakim collaborator), and various other luminaries of the NYC music scene.
His songs have appeared on television shows, feature films and international DVD releases and have been played on the radio all around the world. He has also worked with such stars at Richie Havens and has pitched songs to internationally acclaimed artists including Norah Jones and Carlos Santana.
In the show I stated that I took the liberty to include an additional song not found on “Cuentos de la Porta Del Sol (Capitulo Uno).” “Quiet Mind” is the title track from a 2007 release and is the album featured at Dave Sasscer’s web site. I found it to be such a pleasant song that I wanted to share it and the video as well. Be sure to view the video at the bottom of this post.
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