El Turista: Josh Rouse

It would seem that something in the Spanish waters agrees with Josh Rouse. Since giving us two stone-cold classic albums in 1972 and Nashville and departing American shores for love a few years ago, his records have taken on a decidedly Spanish feel. Nowhere is this more evident than on his most recent offering, El Turista.

There has always been a breezy looseness to his work – and when mixed with Latino street rhythms via the Getz/Gilberto songbook, the results are surprising and incredibly infectious. Switching between Spanish and English, this record is an absolute charmer and really the only complaint would be that it didn’t arrive in time for summer. The smooth sounds of Josh Rouse indeed.