Dennis Jasso wants to clarify something: Nosotros may play Latin rock, but it also serves up enough of a beat to keep salsa dancers happy.
“We have a lot of rock energy so it’s definitely not for salsa purists but it works. People can still do their salsa steps,” said Jasso, the band’s drummer.
And Nosotros throws in some jazz in its music presentations. Jasso said that’s because band members play a lot of extended solos and improvisations.
Given that potpourri of styles, Nosotros doesn’t like to be pigeonholed.
The band will be in concert tonight at the Salsa Under the Stars concert at the Albuquerque Museum’s amphitheater.
Nosotros is currently in the studio recording its next album, scheduled for release in early 2014.
“The band is always looking for something new. This recording is exploring a lot of different hybrids of Latin music. We’ve always been Latin rock but we’re taking that a little bit further, bringing in stuff that we were listening to when we were growing up,” Jasso said.
Jasso himself is the recording engineer in his home studio in Santa Fe and is co-producing the CD with former New Mexico jazz bassist Luis Guerra.
“Luis is a good friend and he’s living in LA now. He seemed like an obvious choice,” he said. “He’s known the band for a really long time and we thought we wanted someone with an outside set of ears to hear us, refine the sound.”
So far, Nosotros has done some “scratch tracking,” meaning preliminary recording and arranging songs that aren’t ready for the final CD.
“We’ve been able to hear it back over and over again. We are getting the arrangement, the melodies and the parts down,” Jasso said.
“Luis has given us feedback on these. He’s liking what he’s hearing. And Luis is bringing some of his own (compositions) to the project.”
Nosotros truly is a New Mexico band. It started out in Las Cruces. At present, four of its members live in Santa Fe and five in Albuquerque.
The Santa Fe residents are Jasso, string player Randy Sanchez, trumpeter David Weeks and one of the lead vocalists, Carlos Fontana.
The Albuquerque residents are saxophonist Manuel Ramirez, conga player Cha Chi Romero, bassist Gilbert Uribe, lead guitarist Shane Derk and Felipe Ruibal, the other lead vocalist.