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We defy you to keep your feet still and your head from nodding when you listen to ‘Music People’ by Emilio Crixell and Border Soul. The 11 track album is funky and bluesy and a downright bop.

Released in February this year, ‘Music People’ is a gorgeous blend of Latin soul, RnB and the music of South Texas – a curious mix which shouldn’t work but ingeniously does. Opening with the sweet soul-infused vocals of Leeann Atherton on lead track ‘A Face In The Crowd’, and the foot heavy on the wah-wah pedal in ‘It’s Never The Same…and Never Ending’, the listener is never in doubt about what lies ahead in this aural sensation of an album. ‘Live In This World Together’ is all Santana and Doobie Brothers, while fourth track, ‘Oh, Beautiful Day’, again featuring Leeann Atherton, wouldn’t be out of place in a Southern Baptist Church.
‘She Moves You’ takes us straight back to the blues, while title track ‘Music People’ is a Motown style soul anthem.
Track 7, ‘Movimiento’, takes us South Of The Border, with the Tex-Mex vocal stylings of Alex Ruiz and Rick Del Castillo, while ‘Look Up At The Sky’ is blues to the max. Our favourite track however is ‘The Lie’ with its horns and soulful vocals.
‘It’s Alright’ feels like something Fats Domino would have happily sung, while final track, ‘Prende Una Vela’, featuring Rosa Canales Perez, very happily takes us down to the Border again.
All in all, ‘Music People’ is 11 tracks of pure joy which should appeal to fans of most types of music. You can find Emilio Crixell and Border Soul online on their official website, and Facebook. Stream ‘Music People’ on Spotify, and download from Amazon, and CD Baby.

We defy you to keep your feet still and your head from nodding when you listen to ‘Music People’ by Emilio Crixell and Border Soul. The 11 track album is funky and bluesy and a downright bop.

 

Terra Entertainment Group

Let’s start off by saying this, the music soothed and relaxed me as soon as I started listening, JAZZY, I love it. This is definitely open my mind to new levels & of all the releases I‘ve reviewed I must say this has been the most soothing. It must be the instruments they’re talking to me along with the lyrical quotes which are quite powerful if I might add. The music is definitely timeless. A soulful combination of instrumentation & I’m adding it to a couple of my Deezer & Spotify playlists. I ‘m real inspired by good music & when I ‘m doing reviews& receive music like this, I feel very comfortable sharing it with the world & fortunate that I ‘m the one reviewing it. Seems you guys got it figured out with the distribution with your release on Google Play, Deezer, Spotify & much more. That’s great just keep pushing & make sure to cover all angles such as song registration with a PRO Performance Royalty Organization, songwriter publishing & so on, if so there are only great things ahead. Most importantly stay happy & have fun while you’re doing the music, because it sounds fun too. Music business 101 is mostly in promotion & marketing so I ‘ll do my part as to helping the push. Thank you for making good music & keep on rockin’. One Love.

Niche Revenue Streams

This album struck me as different. It’s a blend of different genres, its jazz influenced relying on a lot of horns and saxophone but it also has trippy beach guitar solos laced throughout ala Santana. Simply put, I dig this album.

Emilio Crixell & Border Soul start off their album “Music People” with the song “A Face In The Crowd”, a point of view we all have at some point. The second the song begins you can tell the albums going to be good because you immediately begin to hear a saxophone blaring. Beyond great instruments throughout the song, Emilio Crixell and the guest artist on the track, Leeann Atherton, trade beautiful lyrics that anyone can relate too.

The title track of the album, Music People, is a summary of life for all music lovers. Like many other songs on the album its jazzy, its trippy, its rock, and its lit.lol. If you like jam bands but you also like good lyrics and singing, this track, no this album, is for you. I say this because it in the titular track, “Music People”, and throughout other songs on the album, the band does not shy away from instrumental solos.

On “Music People”, the guitarist gets a 37 second solo, from 1:07 to 1:44. Not only does this band have the lyrics but it also lets the music and instruments speak for themselves. In fact track 8 on the album, Look Up At The Sky, is a 2 minute and 59 second long track, but I am pretty sure there is maybe 30 seconds of lyrics at most.

If you like Jazz, if you like jam bands, if you like trippy ish, or if you like rock, then you have to check out this under the radar album asap

Dancing About Architecture

Borders are always interesting places for fusion and creativity. Cultures clash; community’s blend and wonderful new hybrids arise from the melting pot to take on a life of their own. South Texas is just such a place and if that is reflected in its music, there is no better mirror than Emilio Crixell and his musical gang.

The music does take a bit of unravelling, if you are the sort of person who likes to do such a thing, and I like nothing better than unpicking musical threads. It isn’t so much complex, more textured, with all the sounds that have found their way to this culturally diverse region finding a place to co-exist in the music. Mediterranean grooves carried through the Latin sounds of South America, African rhythms that evolved into soul and gospel; Mariachi spice, southern blues-rock and everything in between rub shoulders in one big musical celebration.

If you took the showboating and psychedelia out of Carlos Santana’s early albums, this would sit right in there along side them, in the same way linking the sultry and the sassy, the emotive and the energetic, the familiar and the forward thinking. And also like him this is music that represents the creative gene spicing which takes place in the ever shrinking, ever shifting modern world. Revolutions are fun for a while, but evolution is the way forward.

Band Camp Diaries

Emilio Crixell & Border Soul: Music People

Emilio Crixell & Border Soul set out release a new, exciting project titled “Music People”.
Their music is a lively combination of folk and Latin music, which feels personal and unique, echoing the work of artists as diverse as Los Lobos or Al Di Meola, just to mention but a few.

“Music People” is an album that showcases the band’s broad musical scope and extremely creative attitude. This record marks yet another important musical achievement for this group, who is consistently receiving acclaim and great feedback from audiences and industry insiders alike.

The album blurs the lines between various genres, also delving into fusion and jazz territory from time to time. The line up is able to create an intricate sound, with stunning percussion elements, steady drums, and groovy bass lines. To top the outstanding rhythm section, the guitars provide a nice backbone of melody and rhythm to the music, while the saxophone takes over on the leads. The chemistry between these 6 talented musicians is absolutely undeniable.

Head over to the following link to listen and let the music tell you the rest of the story!

https://open.spotify.com/album/0DrvvZR7R4YQfiNLllYIqF

Bruce Hodge - Musician

Been listening to Emilio's new record, "Music people" with his Border Soul Band. Emilio and I are friends and have played a good bit together. Carlo, Joe, Albert, Michael, and Charlie are too. But setting friendships aside for a moment, I've got to tell you this record is full of super solid songs with great lyrics. Overall, it is a real feel good musical experience. I like 'em all, but I especially like "A Face in the Crowd," and "Live in this World Together," "Movimiento," and "She Moves You." I've never heard Emilio play and sing better. Carlo T on drum set, Joe Pino on percussion and Charles Harrison on bass laid down terrific rhythm tracks switching in and out of latin, soul, funk and blues rhythms like they have done it all their lives. Very impressive. "Movimiento" features Rick Del Castillo's guitar work that will rarely, if ever, be duplicated, unless he plays it. In a word, phenomenal. Best of all, the whole record is lively and says something with every verse and chorus. That's hard to do, even with talented players like Michael Ramirez, Joe Pino, Rick Del Castillo and singers like Leeann Atherton adding breadth, passion and musical interest to the mix. Rosa's song, "Prende Una Vela" will grab you with its no frills authenticity and simplicity and a subtle bass line that propels the song start to finish. Rosa' unique voice really connects. Beautiful. The song took me to a place I have never been before. Congratulations to all of you for a great record very well done. I hope you sell a million of 'em.

The Brownsville Herald

Longtime Brownsville musician Emilio Crixell’s band not only has a new album, it has a new name and a new sound as well.

Emilio Crixell & Border Soul, formerly Emilio Crixell & Los Bluzanos, will celebrate the release of its album, “Music People,” from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Sunday at Cobbleheads. Subsequent CD-release parties are scheduled Feb. 24 for the Half Moon Saloon and Feb. 25 for the Laguna BOB on South Padre Island.

Crixell, a Brownsville native who moved home 10 years ago after a prolonged stint in California, founded Los Bluzanos around 2006 with saxophonist Tomas Ramirez, who no longer is with the band.

Crixell has played music for 50 years, starting off on bass when he was 13 and switching to guitar during the late 1980s. Los Bluzanos has appeared regularly at Cobbleheads and Shenanigan’s Irish Pub & Grill in Brownsville the past several years, with Crixell handling most of the vocals and sharing lead guitar duties with Albert Bestiero.

It’s the same arrangement now just under another name, which Crixell said reflects a new musical direction for the band.

“I’ve always been writing songs and trying to record, though I’ve actually started writing some songs in a different vein,” he said. “I started off with one song, and I brought it to the guys and they played it at a gig, so I started writing an album around that one song. It’s not a blues album at all. Actually it’s more of a soul album. Lots of Latin in it — kind of our own version of Latin soul.”

“Music People” was recorded and produced at the Austin studio of Rick del Castillo, who also plays guitar on one of 11 tracks. Joining Bestiero and Crixell in Border Soul are Charlie Harrison on bass, Joe Pino on percussion, Michael Ramirez on sax and Carlo Tamayo on drums.

Leeann Atherton and Alex Ruiz provide guest vocals for “Music People,” and Rosa Canales Perez provides guest vocals and guitar. The album also features Santiago Castillo on diatonic accordion and Iram Reyes on trumpet. The title track is an “homage to our friends and music lovers everywhere,” Crixell said. The album’s cover art was designed by Mark Clark and Jason Ray Perez.

“Music People” was recorded during weekend sessions from June through September in Austin, mixed in October and mastered in December. Crixell said it’s a good feeling to finally have it finished and “out there.”

“I’m really, really happy with it,” he said. “It’s a little bit different direction, but we’ve been mixing the songs in our sets and getting a good response. I’ve been trying to write blues songs for the last 10 years, and I’ve found it incredibly difficult to come up with a really good blues song. I just decided to venture off and kind of follow what was in me. I really wasn’t planning it that way. The Latin part, gosh, that’s who we are down here.”

sclark@brownsvilleherald.com

Emilio Crixell & Border Soul

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