I featured producer Mathew Shell’s work here before. A few weeks ago I reviewed the expertly crafted Smooth Jazz piece “Pilot,” by the aptly named Groove Project. Well, Matt asked me to check out another of his projects; “Todos Son Bienvenidos.” The song is another collaboration between Matt and others from the seemingly endless list of high-caliber Rock and Jazz musicians in his Rolodex.
My Spanish is a little rusty. However, I know the title translates to “All Are Welcome Here.” The song’s message of inclusivity is delivered by talented young singer, Judy Hunter. She has a really relaxed and smooth vocal style. I particularly liked the harmonies in the chorus and elsewhere throughout the track. They are beautiful.
Musically the song builds progressively from a basic guitar and drum stomp into a big and emotional jam. The drums, for instance, start as a simple one-and-two Pop/Rock beat. However, they ultimately evolve into fusion-inspired rhythms accented by Neil Peart style tom-roll drum fills.
The instrumental version of the song features Douglas Lira on sax. It has been featured on The Tony Kornheiser Show, Hybrid Jazz Radio with Trish Hennessey, Evening Jazz with Keanna Faircloth on WPFW 89.3 FM, KKFI 90.1 FM, and KOJH 104.7 FM, among others.
Here is what Matt says about Todos Son Bienvenidos…
In these volatile times, the collaborators on this song appreciate everyone for sharing this song’s message of inclusion.
“Todos Son Bienvenidos” es un tema evangélico sobre el amor de Dios basado en la canción “All Are Welcome Here”.
Cantado por Judy Hunter
Escrito por Kenny Wesley, Verny Varela, Francis Okechukwu Elpozo y Matthew Shell
Grabado y mezclado por Vicu Schek
Producido por Matthew Shell
Piano y Bajo interpretados por Vahagn Stepanyan
Guitarra interpretada por Ken Lasso
Batería interpretada por Glenn Welman
Arreglo de batería eletrónica e ingeniería adicional por Lennart Gretenkord
Masterizado por Chris Lopez
Arte de portada diseñado por IM Designs
“Todos Son Bienvenidos” is an evangelical song about the love of God based on the song “All Are Welcome Here”.
Vocals performed by Judy Hunter
Written by Kenny Wesley, Verny Varela, Francis Okechukwu Elpozo, and Matthew Shell
Recorded and mixed by Vicu Schek
Produced by Matthew Shell
Piano and Bass performed by Vahagn Stepanyan
Guitar played by Ken Lasso
Drums played by Glenn Welman
Electronic drums arrangement and additional engineering by Lennart Gretenkord
Mastered by Chris Lopez
Cover art designed by IM Designs