One half of the celebrated Puentes Brothers, who presents songs from his Juno-nominated Humo De Tabaco disc - boasting a stellar collabo with Ron Sexsmith - at Lula Lounge Tuesday (March 28).
Ray Charles - Anthology
"The way he brought gospel music together with R&B in such a soulful way for a mainstream audience has been a big inspiration for me. It's what I hope to do with Cuban music."
Queen - Greatest Hits, Vols. 1 & 2
"I have great respect for artists who've developed their own sound. You can listen to songs like We Are the Champions and Bohemian Rhapsody and, as different as they are, still know immediately that it's Queen. I like Coldplay for the same reason."
Carlos Santana - Supernatural
"Growing up in Cuba, I never liked any Santana records. My musician friends and I would laugh at the simplicity of their songs. It took me years to come to appreciate the beauty of what Carlos Santana was doing. Supernatural is an amazing album."