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The Latin Project

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Taking notes from such successful interpreters of the blend of South American and Western sound as Jazzanova, Incognito and Masters At Work, The Latin Project owe as much to those entities as they do to the classic works of Milton Nacimiento and Sergio Mendez. On their debut artist album for Electric Monkey Records, Nueva Musica, The Latin Project—English natives Jez Colin and Matt Cooper—exercise their knowledge of underground, cutting edge dance music, while enhancing it with organic components such as warm vocals and traditional musicians.

Inspired by a genre that is dominated by beat and club aesthetics, but lacking in musical sophistication, Matt and Jez pooled their wealth of musical expertise to start The Latin Project. “We wanted to blend some of our favorite established Latin musicians with the most up-to-date electronic production,” says Jez. “We’ve always been fans of Latin music,” adds Matt. “Not just restricted to the dance floor, but crossing over to something you can listen to at home as well as dance to: a contemporary record with songs and performances. We tried to do something with all those elements.”

Meeting in 1996, Jez and Matt started working on The Latin Project in 1998. Both co-produced and wrote material for the project, with Matt adding keyboards and drums. A multi-talented musician, producer, writer, remixer and programmer, Jez co-founded in 1993 the groundbreaking acid jazz group The Solsonics for whom he played bass. In 1995, the Solsonics hit the road as a supporting act on the Queen Latifah tour with the Fugees, thus giving Jez the opportunity to hone his live performance skills and showcase his talents to a broader audience.

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