The opening chords are distinctively Ciro Hurtado of flamboyance tempting you to join the latest musical voyage orchestrated by a master of what is referred to and was perhaps created by Hurtado that of Latin based world fusion.
His last albums have been distinctive and enjoyable but predominantly instrumental in creation. With Selva, the change comes about with the extensive use of vocals, initially from his wife and musical partner Cindy Hurtado, where she adds a wonderfully intimate tempo to Asi Eres Tue En Mi Corazon, establishing the almost reflective mood of the rest of the album.
Mellow yet still with that distinctive Peruvian influence this is an album for listening to, dreaming too and enjoying with that special person in your life.
Each of the tracks, not all of which are vocal, are melodious, relaxing and somehow are woven about a mystical centre which unfolds as you relax into the essence of the piece influenced by intriguingly enough, the Amazonian rain forest.
Hurtado grew up in the rain forests of Peru and attributes much of the music he creates with the influences of his early years in the rainforest; the Peruvian folk music listened to before he eventually moved to California has remained influential in all his recordings.
The immensity, the mystique, the awe inspired by the rainforests form much of the background explored within the music, as he brings together contrasting influences to once again create an album of sensual beauty.
On Pacto De Amor he is joined by Wouter Kellerman, on alto flute, Ricky Kej on Keyboards with Suemy Gonzalez contributing the vocals. Zamba Triest is pure Hurtado on guitar and Solo Tu is a duet of harmonies, with Hurtado on guitar and his wife Cindy adding the vocal melodies, to create the final notes of what is collectively a superb and beautiful creation from and by Ciro Hurtado which will rapidly become a firm favourite with his many follows both old and new.
Selva absolutely crosses all boundaries as it ties together the intricate beauty that is created by peaceful, relaxing, sensual music which has a wide appeal.