For a little over a year now, I can’t stop listening to “Para Mí” by Concha Buika. It’s a gorgeous song that opens with extremely mature, sparse playing (not to mention bass chords) which is perfectly subtle and absolutely never overplayed. As the song frictionlessly builds from the spacious, airy feel of the intro, there’s so much passion and emotion in Buika’s voice that it’s impossible not to feel affected by it. It’s an artistic masterpiece for sure, but what I can’t stop listening to is in fact, the trombone solo.
I love the silky, full sound of trombones in general, but it’s not very often that I come across a trombone solo in a ballad, much less one that makes me want to keep obsessively looping it over and over for months…
The track builds up to a full-band pause at 2:15 that creates a feeling of being suspended mid-air and it takes your breath away. When I heard the song for the first time, I wasn’t too crazy about the English verse that followed, except… … …then at 2:37 the trombone solo begins in the background and features a ridiculously perfect slide at around 2:53. It’s the perfect thing to play in exactly the right moment and you couldn’t ask for better execution. Have a listen to this short clip of the trombone solo and you’ll see what I mean.
The whole five-song album is quite good and is available on Apple Music:
You can find out more about Concha Buika through her website and watch her YouTube video promoting this album: