Published Sep 11, 2015Ottawa-based guitarist-composer Terry Gomes builds off his jazz instrumental release of 2014's The Sand in My Shoes with this short but sweet offering. Having grown up in a Guyanese family, the artist experiments with the tuneful sounds of South America and Latin America, to pleasing effect. The five-track Blue. Green. Aquamarine. — the title referring to the blend of jazz and Latin sounds — serves up smooth numbers.
Case in point: "Oh It's You," which goes down easy with its seamless piano and guitar collaboration, while the spritely bossa nova pace of "Then She Danced" and the horn-inflected island breeze of "Quitting Time" showcase an evolving artist. It's a collaborative effort here, as Gomes handles the guitars, keyboards and ukulele while leaning on a host of other musicians for horns, bass and keys on selected tracks. This all too brief project serves to whet appetites for a potential full-length release. (Independent)