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Rick Trevino performs goes Latin

Los Angeles, Conga Room, May 24, 2001

By Dan MacIntosh

LOS ANGELES - You would have had trouble spotting Rick Tervino's Texas country roots while he was performing here among these various Latin musicians who supported him with various drums and shakers, acoustic guitars, bass, piano and even trumpet and saxophone.

Even though Trevino, who had several country hits like "Bobbie Jean Mason" and "Learning As You Go," before being dropped by Sony last year, appeared without many of the Los Super Seven superstars who helped him record his recent "Mi Son" album, this multilingual performer still played like a Super One this night.

His songs ranged from the up tempo and jazzy "Echale Tierra Y Tapalo," to the slowly swinging "La Hiedra," which he performed as a duet with Ruben Ramos (also a Los Super Seven), to the warm duet -- along with Martha Gonzalez (of Quetzal) - on "Vanidad."

Trevino was almost out-shined by his band, especially on his two closing songs. Extended percussion solos propelled "Ojos," and "El Tira Y Jala" had the weeknight regular Salsa dancers working it out on the dancefloor.

In a few instances, Steve Berlin (of Los Lobos fame and also Trevino's producer) graced the stage with his distinctive baritone saxophone honking, adding even more color to an already colorful band.

There wasn't a single cowboy hat in the joint this night, but Trevino certainly fit right into the Latin experience of The Conga Room by keeping the music both authentic and lively.

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