Cecilia Villar Eljuri is one of my favorite guitarists of any era. Her playing is always vibrant and full of life and her solos reveal her influences but are also always of her own distinct voice. She has made a series of albums that feature her playing and songwriting and she is woefully underappreciated for both.
Her latest album, Resiste: La Colección Reggae de Eljuri, takes its thematic material directly from the headlines in taking on issues of equality, immigration and "Bangbang," gun violence. The groove is propelled the trombone flavored horn section, reminiscent of so much classic reggae and ska.