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104. Dizzy: The Music of John Birks
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106. Briyumba Palo Congo
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108. Exotico
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109. 20 Anos
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101. Rumba Para Monk
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102. Grace Cathedral Concert
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5-0 out of 5 stars Timeless....
Okay, I admit it . . I came here just to see if one of my favorite LP's made the leap to lightspeed and was transformed to a CD.

This album, even though my vinyl is perfect, is an incredible performance.Cal ended up filling in to do the concert at the last moment and it remains one of the most inspired sessions I've ever heard.

Now, can someone tell me why Dave Loggins' "Apprentice in a Musical Workshop" was lost in time and never became a CD?

Court Canfield
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5-0 out of 5 stars Cal Tjader at Grace Cathedral
Simply a great, great album! The Black Orpheus Medley won't allow you to do anything else for 20 minutes! If you weren't a fan of Braziliian music and Cal Tjader before, you will be! ... Read more


103. Willie Bobo's Finest Hour
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104. Dizzy: The Music of John Birks Gillespie
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With his horn-rimmed glasses, wacky stage antics, upturned trumpet, and those bulbous cheeks, John Birks "Dizzy" Gillespie (1917-93) was one of the architects of bebop and Latin jazz. This sampler, culled from his Verve-associated recordings from 1950 to 1963, is the "soundtrack" to Donald L. Maggin’s thorough biographyDizzy : The Life and Times of John Birks Gillespie. The stellar lineup includes pianists Thelonious Monk, Oscar Peterson, and Kenny Barron, saxophonists James Moody, Stan Getz, and Charlie Parker, and drummers Buddy Rich and Max Roach. Diz’s swing-at-the-speed-of sound genius ranges from the quicksilver quartet burners "Bebop, and "Leap Frog," to the big band/large ensemble numbers, "Cool Breeze" and "Africana." "Blue Moon" features Gillespie with his swing era idol, Roy Eldridge. But the most striking selection is the Ellington/Tizol standard "Caravan," with Gillespie leading an Afro-Cuban percussion ensemble with the great conguero, Candido. As Maggin writes in the liner notes, "Dizzy’s music seems always fresh and electric and beautiful...It swept the world." --Eugene Holley, Jr. ... Read more


105. Latin Jazz Suite
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Featuring the Cologne-based WDR Big Band with guests trumpeter Jon Faddis, saxophonist David Sanchez, and three superb percussionists--Alex Acuna, Alphonso Garrido, and Marcio Doctor--Schifrin's Latin Jazz Suite makes notable use of motifs, structures, and resonances from his previous compositions. Do not infer an exercise in shabby cannibalism, however. This is a nobly ambitious work. The geographical sweep is formidable. In addition to commemorating jazz's African roots, Schifrin takes us from Cuba and the Caribbean to Brazil and his native Argentina. All six movements have much to savor, but in the end, the Latin Jazz Suite is greater than the considerable sum of its parts; it is the varied sonorousness of the charts and the composer's matchless rhythmic feel that one most thrills to and remembers. Any enthusiast of orchestral jazz or world music ought to find Schifrin's latest triumph irresistible. --Richard Palmer ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars A Musical Tour of Latin America
I bought this CD about a year ago and have listened to it many times since, trying to understand it in the context of Latin music and trying to decide what I like and don't like about it.
I like Montuno, with its horns, piano and a definite salsa flavor. Martinique did not inspire, but I found the mellow Pampas to be an interesting composition. Fiesta is very percussive, rambling, and somewhat suggestive of the work of Chuck Mangione on his Bellavia album.
I find Ritual, the longest piece, to be also the most dynamic. It starts out gently, gradually builds musical tension, and develops a coherent theme that is interspersed with a variety of musically interesting interludes.
The final cut, Manaos, is evocative of Brazil, but is one that doesn't really ever speak to me although I am a fan of many Brazilian musical forms.
Overall, Latin Jazz Suite is an enjoyable big band style musical tour of Latin America and will continue to enjoy an occasional spot in my CD rotation.

5-0 out of 5 stars A MUST BUY
This is a must buy for any music lover...especially for a fan of jazz. It is simply awesome.

5-0 out of 5 stars WOW!
Lalo's best composition to date that I have heard. Jon Faddis is simply an ANIMAL. A must buy for all Jazz listeners.

5-0 out of 5 stars An amazing Big Band Latin album
This album is the best big band latin album that I have heard in years. The compositions and arrangements are reminiscent of Kentons'Cuban Fire,Dizzys'Manteca, and Maynards' Si Si MF.But pure Lalo Schifrin Gillespiana. The solos by the statospheric Jon Faddis and firery David Sanchez are outstanding.The WDR Big Band plays with great precision and really swings.This is a "MUST BUY" CD. ... Read more


106. Briyumba Palo Congo
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Chucho Valdés's piano-led recordings are studies in musical tension and dialogues. On Briyumba Palo Congo, he enlists a pair of percussionists, and Raúl Pineda Roque, the trap drummer, shares with Valdés a smolder that turns to conflagration when their tense interplays burst. Of course much of the fire is locked into the percussion dialogues where patterned drumming inspires improvisation amid fairly strict rhythmic controls. Valdés runs away from the pack in spots, shuffling across the keyboard leaving a wake of chromatic color. Roque does the same, exploding on his drums in fits of even tempos and being tugged back into the Cuban rhythmic rumble promptly by Roberto Vizcaíno Guillót's conga and batá drums, if not Valdés's own hyperimaginative harmonic runs. This is certainly not as flashy as Gonzalo Rubalcaba's dazzling explosions, and with the title suite's choral and vocal exclamations, it's rooted much more solidly in Afro-Cuban traditions. With his medium-hot pacing and his ability to blow solos wide open, it's clear that Valdés's years in Irakere barely prepared the ears for piano work of this magnitude. --Andrew Bartlett ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars stunning
Quite simply stunning. Essentially flawless, the only criticism I can think of is that his effortless genius is intimidating. Moving, challenging, reeking of musicality, rythmic greatness.

4-0 out of 5 stars Chucho's nice flow
This is my first foray into the "cubop" genre, and chucho slams. i found out about him while listening to bluenote.com's radio station. being a go-go head, the congos are more appealing to me than the rest of the quartet. anyway, my favorite cuts are el rumbion, briyumba palo congo, and caravan.

5-0 out of 5 stars latin's jazz best album.
A great combination of piano, african drums and cuban rhythms

5-0 out of 5 stars Briyumba Palo Congo is brilliant
Like most of the music Chucho Valdez plays in whatever the setting - solo, with Irakere, with Roy Hargrove's band, or with his own jazz quartet, this recording is full of brilliant playing both from Chucho and from the percussionists. The guy is a giant and effortlessly connects the African roots of jazz to the traditional. A beautiful record and one worth savoring.

5-0 out of 5 stars Some hip jazz.
Chucho and the rest of the group are simply fantastic musicians. Beautiful phrasing, technique, style. Wonderful disk. Bravo Chucho. ... Read more


107. Afro (Special Packaging)
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5-0 out of 5 stars all-time great cd
This cd is a great moment in jazz history. The arrangements are perfect; the performances from this large ensemble are tight. A musical unit at the height of its ability playing a unique set of numbers. Dizzy's solos are unbelievable. Manteca and Caravan especially are powerful performances. One may have qualms with the version of "Night in Tunisia," as it uses flute as one of the lead instruments, but it's an interesting variation-- though you haven't heard it till you've heard Bird and Diz do it on sax and trumpet. The numbers are highly percussive, with an array of African drums going. It's intense, innovative and I've never heard another cd like it. ... Read more


108. Exotico
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5-0 out of 5 stars Super!
Never heard from this artists before and now I am buying all their albums. Heard it in a store in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Loved it.

5-0 out of 5 stars I'm SOOO GLAD I GOT THIS ALBUM,GREAT MUSIC!
Hey,it's Ed here to give you the scoop on this great album.This was the first album I got from Lara & Reyes.The reason I got this album is because I heard one of the tracks from this album on a Higher Octave Various Artists CD and that ONE track made me interested in this CD.So I went to a local Borders and decided to get it.The money was worth it! I put on the CD and was immediately pleased with it and it was only the first track! The background rthym and the percussion were enough to make you want to dance,and as if that wasn't enough,the guitars were great as well!Favorite tracks are all the tracks! Now,I think this kind of album is hard to find.Liking all the tracks on one album is DEFINETLY one of a kind.The title,Exotico,means exotic in English,and that's definetly true. The title says it all, this CD is definetly exotic in my standards!

5-0 out of 5 stars The best album of this style!
I have this album for a long while, along close to a hundred other albums which feature music played on the spanish guitar. This album is by far one of the best in this jenre. It is energetic, brilliantly played, well recorded & features great music. A great mix of Jazz & brazillian music, skillfuly played by this brilliant duo, with Spanish "taste" to it all....

If you heve guitar music- you simply would love to have this album....

If you do not have Guitar music, it is a great chioce to start one's collection with!

Grab it!

2-0 out of 5 stars Its OK
This album is OK. Its not great, I returned it

5-0 out of 5 stars NO DOUBT ABOUT IT...BUY IT!!!!!
Lara & Reyes draw you into their realm with Exotica. Spain, Mexico, Latin America...it's all there and more. Just sit back and let the passioniate fervor of this famous duo wash over you. They tantilize your musical palette with traveling strings, exotic percussion, intense bass, and most of all their own essence. A must- have addition to any CD collection!!!! ... Read more


109. 20 Anos
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110. Conga Blue
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The conga drum chair was always the position of honor in Cal Tjader's Latin-jazz band. In 1975, California's Poncho Sanchez took over the chair and held it until Tjader died in 1982. Since then, Sanchez has emerged as one of the top congueros and bandleaders in the genre, because he has synthesized the styles of all his predecessors into a sound that is more fluid than frenetic, more melodic than manic. No one influenced him more than Santamaria, and Sanchez's fifteenth album as a leader reunites the mentor and protégé on half of the 10 tracks. The horn and piano parts are respectable if not special, but the real action is in the percussion section, where student and teacher remind each other of the many ways to chop up a measure of music.--Geoffrey Himes ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A fantastic display by El Mejor
Yes, the tempo is slow, but Santamaria and Poncho on the same recording itself is enough to make this worth listening to. The conga interaction with the rest of the percussion and the rest of the instruments is flawless. I could listen to this album all day! I think that this ranks high on my list of Sanchez albums.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of Poncho Sanchez's Best
As far as I know, Mongo Santamaria came out of semi-retirement to play on this CD, and his presence adds greatness to an already very good concept album. "Besame Mama" is the vocal highpoint--so good it's chilling. Virtually every selection is a smoker.

2-0 out of 5 stars Dullsville
Sure, Watermelon Man (patterned after the Gerald Wilson recording) is fun, but the rest is unimaginative and uninspired. Mostly it's about the band leader's bongo solos, which are boring indeed. A genuine disappointment.

5-0 out of 5 stars Superb
I disagree with the last review. On the contrary, this has emerged to me as the best Poncho Sanchez album. There are no weak cuts composed by the band (which does often happem), and the percussion is out of this world. It is true that the piano parts are weak, and have been since Charlie Otwell left the band, but where else do you have so much play on percussion during the montuno sections? The kind of percusive improvization you see on this album is badly needed in Latin Jazz. Yes the tempos or slow, but enjoy how the musicians weave through the music at the end of each cut, draw it out, and work with it. I prefer this to up tempo cuts with tight arangements. The percussion alone, which emerges strongly at the end of each tune, makes this album unique, and perhaps the most truly latin of all of Poncho Sanchez' work.

3-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing effort from the master of Afro-cuban rhythms
I wouldn't just flat out say that this album doesn't rate a puchase, but I would say that I definitely rank Conga Blue far behind the absolutely fabulous live Latin Soul album and the ocasionally average but often fabulous Afro-Cuban Fantasy disc.

These recordings, other than a very few, just didn't have much flavor to them. The tempo of the album as a whole is much slower paced than the other listed recordings which is nice but doesn't really turn me on.

Check out Latin Jazz first then Afro-Cuban Fantasy and finally if you have to Conga Blue. ... Read more


111. Solo: Live in New York
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As the dean of modern Cuban jazz pianists, Jesus "Chucho" Valdés, the founder of the supergroup, Irakere, has been wowing listeners for years with his Caribbean keyboard wizardry, which combines the power of McCoy Tyner, the brilliance of Art Tatum, and the poetry of Bill Evans. Recorded live in Manhattan, this concert date shows Valdés's pianistic gifts shining through magnificently. His musical vista crosses several frontiers: from the beautiful boleros"Besame Mucho" and "Delirio," to the clavé-rhythmed "El Manisero" and the ballad "Somewhere over the Rainbow." On this date, Chucho Valdés claims the piano literature of at least two worlds and makes a lovely, fluid portrait of it all.--Eugene Holley Jr. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Live in New York
I must agree with the unfortunately unsigned message from "A music fan" called "Chill out, Chucho". I do not like anonymus...
I gave him a 5 star because he has big hands, play great,extend himself to new sounds and arrangements, and he's Bebo's son; but he abuses and leaves the tune behind to perform his extravagances. Definitely, that's his style. But the tune takes 25% of the performance, the rest is Chucho's descargas; with percussion it will have less monotony.
Listen to his father Bebo, and you'll have small descargas but the purity and integrity of the melody remains more.

3-0 out of 5 stars chill out chucho
Half brilliance, half wankfest. I just wish they he wouldn't mix the two on every track. Unfortunately he chooses to display his monster chops in a very unmusical way that detracts from the MUSIC. You can almost hear the audience wishing he would stop abusing the piano and continue with the tune. But the rest is just fantastic. I'd love to hear him play a set without all the fireworks, it's unbecoming. Tatum was positively restrained in comparison.

5-0 out of 5 stars All you'll ever need!
If you're wandering the wilderness looking for the real great piano album, Congratulation! Your journey has finally ended! And you know what? It is REWARDED only sweetly! You'll feel the absolute power and technique of the one great pianist. However, the really great thing is, you can feel his lyricism at the same time! p.s. The greatest album I'd ever seen before this one was Keith Jarrett's Koln Concert. And now I dare to say Chucho is more than Keith. Sorry, Mr.Jarrett....But that's the truth, I can't help it.

5-0 out of 5 stars sammym@mediaone.net
Chucho demonstrates his magnificent talent on ivory thoughout the entire album. Unfortuantely, much of it is in mellow form. But "A mi madre" is easily the most FUN track, livening up the album. Good thing it's first.

5-0 out of 5 stars Chucho is a master at the keyboard
I'm a newcomer to Chucho Valdes, having discovered him first through an NPR interview, the 'Live At The Village Vanguard' album, and then a chance to see him live. His sheer technical ability at the piano is astounding, and this concert presents him in a solo setting that presents that talent perfectly. The best way to enjoy Chucho might be with a full band (particularly the percussion!) but this music is terrific. He takes his influences -- Bud Powell, McCoy Tyner, Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson -- and weaves it all together with a latin sensibility to achieve a truly wonderful blend of tradition and innovation. Check this guy out, you won't regret it. ... Read more


112. Bele Bele en La Habana
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His two decades of success as leader, main composer, and arranger of the supercharged Cuban jazz fusion group Irakere have often obscured the talents of Jesus "Chucho" Valdés as a pianist. Now Valdés seems ready, indeed eager, to take his playing center stage. Bele Bele en la Habana, recorded in Toronto early in 1998, features Valdés with a stripped-down quartet playing a program of originals and Cuban standards. It's an impressive show. With sure technique, Valdés seamlessly blends elements of jazz (postbop phrasing and rich harmonies reminiscent of Bill Evans), classical, and Afro-Cuban music. He offers high energy and lyricism ("Son Montuno"), an implacable groove ("Con Poco Coco," "La Sitiera," "But Not for Me"), and even a dash of melodrama now and then (the classic "Tres Lindas Cubanas"). Irakere might have lost their leader, but jazz has gained a superior pianist. --Fernando Gonzalez ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Bele Bele en La Habana
If you like jazz and Latin music you will love this CD. Chucho combines the two to develop a wonderful sound.

5-0 out of 5 stars Intelligent Latin music for intelligent people.
Chucho Valdes was nominated last year for a Grammy for this CD. He did not win, but should have. This is one of the finest Latin music CDs you will ever hear.

Yes, it qualifies as "Latin Jazz", but it is Latin music at its best. No, you will not hear any of the cuts from this CD on your typical urban FM radio stations--the ones which play mostly inane merengues and stupidly formulaic "salsa". Yes, folk, this CD is Latin music for intelligent listeners.

All the cuts are instrumental, except for the last one which has a background chorus singing a couple of refrains here and there.

5-0 out of 5 stars Chucho "Se la Comió"
Chucho's interpretation of "La Sitiera" alone is well worth the price of this CD. Simply the best rendition of a classic! To boot, the other selections are also GEMS.

5-0 out of 5 stars In a word - awesome
I saw Chucho play live at Symphony Hall in Chicago about 3 years ago. Our seats were in the very last row, and the sound quality was just horrible...but I could hear enough to know that his group was really cooking. So I finally broke down and got "Bele Bele en La Habana", and wow, am I glad I did. Not only is the sound quality terrific (check out the bass drum kicks on La Sitiera), but the performances are just amazing. This is complex, incredible music, and has appeal that goes well beyond the confines of jazz and latin genres.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is an amazing CD
If you like Eddie Palmieri, you must try this CD. It's more improvizational than Eddie's work but you will not be disappointed. Chucho is an amazingly talented artist and now this is my new favorite CD that I just can't stop listening to. ... Read more


113. Viva Brazil
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5-0 out of 5 stars MUITO OBRIGADO,TANIA
I LOVE JAZZ SO I SEARCH FOR NEW SOUNDS,I DONT CARE MUCH FOR NEW VERSIONS OF STANDARS(CLASIC TUNES)IF YOU LIKE JAZZ YOU PROBABLY LIKE BRAZILIAN MUSIC.TANIA MARIA PLAYS WITH ENERGY.I HAVEN'T HEARD HER NEW MISIC IN A LONG TIME,I RECEIVED THIS CD TODAY AND I HAVE LISTEN TO IT FOUR TIMES,IT HAS A GREAT MIX,CLASIC JAZZ FUNK AND BRASILIAN.YOU DON'T HAVE TO SPEAK THE LANGUAGE TO ENJOY THE MUSIC.IS REFRESHING TO LISTEN TO A NEW SOUND WHITH A HINT OF THE PAST,ENJOY IT.BY THE WAY.MUITO OBRIGADO= MEANS THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

5-0 out of 5 stars VIVA BRAZIL INDEED !!!!
Tania Maria has become as a good wine, the longer it ages, the better it gets. I've been a fan of Tania for many years now, and was glad to hear and enjoy her latest work Viva Brazil. She feels and sounds more relaxed and more confident than ever before. My favorite songs are: Sebastiana,Tudo Certo/Mas que Nada, the new and better version of Sangría and Conceicao. Please make yourself a favor, purchase this fascinating album, at once, you'll LOVE it.

5-0 out of 5 stars What a great record!
What words can I describe this cd with? Jazz, funky, Brazilian, sensuous, fun etc... I bought this cd blind, never having heard her music before, and am so glad I did. Florzhina, Ta Tudo Certo/Mas Que Nada, Sebastiana, Vem Pr'a Roda and man, oh man, oh man - SANGRIA are my favorites. I can't understand a word she sings since it's all in Portugese, but it doesn't matter one bit.

4-0 out of 5 stars "Viva Maria"
Concord Records presentation of "VIVA BRAZIL", features one of the most creative and dynamic artist recording today, "Tania Maria". This composer/vocalist/pianist, who hails from Brazil, is back, paying homage to her Brazilian heritage, while at the same time propelling, into new and creative journey's in the vast musicland of ours.

"VIVA BRAZIL, finds Tania's distinctive synthesis of jazz, Brazillian, funk and pop music to be more potent and powerful than ever!

Stand outs: "SEBASTIANA", "IT'S ONLY LOVE", "NAO SE AVEXE NAO" and "CONCEICAO", are but a few, of what I consider soon to be classics, by this talented and accomplished musician.

Total Time: 52:50 on 11 Tracks/ Concord Records - CCD 4873 2 (2000) ... Read more


114. Supernova
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During his career, the talented Cuban-born, Florida-based pianistGonzalo Rubalcaba has played with the greatest jazz stars, including DizzyGillespie, Joe Lovano, and Charlie Haden. This CD, featuring longtime band mateand drummer Ignacio Berroa, bassist Carlos Henriquez, and percussionists Luis and Robert Quintero, highlights his highly evolved take on North American swing, with its dashes of his island homeland's rich Afro-Cuban musical traditions. Rubalcaba's syncopated synthesis of Liszt, Chopin, Wynton Kelly, and the clave swings easily between Cuban and U.S. musical ports-of-call. The leader's two takes of the title composition demonstrate his ease at improvising at top speed in tricky binary and tertiary time signatures. He reincarnates the old Cuban boleros "Alma Mia" into the American ballad form, and he slips John Phillip Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever" into his grandfather's danzon, "El Cadete." The hit tune "El Manicero (The Peanut Vendor)" is reinvigorated by Berroa's mambo cross-rhythms,Henriquez's Big Apple bass lines, and Rubalcaba's terrific tumbaobreakdowns. Gonzalo Rubalcaba plays piano like a drummer and on the synth-laden,drum-featured "Orem (Pray)" he also plays congas, showcasing another aspect of his groundbreaking creativity. --Eugene Holley Jr. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Pure brilliant!!!
Excellent CD. I purchased Supernova and Nocturne (Haden & Rubalcaba) and I prefer the former. It's diversity and the inner harmony makes listening a pure pleasure. Supernova and Oro are my favourite tracks.
Strongly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Don't believe everything you read!
...P>This is an excellent CD by one of the most talented pianists in jazz. Melodic and beautiful but easily complex enough to reward repeated listenings.

4-0 out of 5 stars first impressions aren't always correct
When first putting this CD into the player and hearing the first dissonant, disjointed chords, I thought that I had wasted my money in purchasing this recording. The longer I listened, however, the more the music appealed to me, and I found myself actually enjoying the music during the second listening.
Rubalcaba's immense talent and range are evident throughout the recording, and that makes the CD even more worth buying and listening to.

5-0 out of 5 stars brilliant
(...) How bizarre that (educated listeners) can hear this album and be unaware of it's sheer absolute brilliance. Perhaps (they) couldn't hear hear the perfect sense of time, or the inventive harmonies or the sheer originality of every tune(including The peanut vendor) albeit an old standard but never done better than it is here. To sum up, this album is near perfect and to compare it to Gonzalos' previous releases (as some of the other reviewers have done)is to do it a very unfair and unjustified disservice.

1-0 out of 5 stars Misguided Effort Results in 5* Turkey!
A hugely disappointing production from the otherwise highly regarded Rubalcaba. Can this really be the same man who worked to such good effect with Charlie Haden on "Nocturne"?

This CD is based on such weak material that after initially auditioning it (I wouldn't pass comment on any music without first listening to it at least ten times) I have left it well alone.

The reason? Well, Mr Rubalcaba may be an excellent pianist but he needs solid material to work with. The material here is exceptionally weak and uses compositions such as the overused "The Peanut Vendor" without adding anything new in the interpretation. Really, we can do without this - it is neither pushing forward the boundaries or redoing what already exists in a valid way. If Mr Rubalcaba wants to set himself up as a sort of cliched, bargain-basement Cuban rent-a-pianist then he is going the right way about it. He should know better.

For an illustration of what a latin pianist can do check out Danilo Perez on "Central Avenue" and leave this one where it belongs - in the store. ... Read more


115. Afro-Cuban Fantasy
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Noted conguero Poncho Sanchez is back on the scene with another infectious album that extended the legacy of his tenure with Cal Tjader's Orchestra. As the titled suggests, Afro-Cuban Fantasy is a celebration of the various dance rhythms that are now known as Latin jazz. A dynamic player with a penchant for muscular rhythm, Sanchez's arrangements exude the calmer energy that's more associated with West-coast jazz as opposed to the ecstatic frenzy of the New York and Miami scene. The plush orchestra of burnished brass sails elegantly over the rumbling rhythms of congas, timbales, and percussion, resulting in an swooning, enticing affair that simmers more than it sizzles. The regal Dianne Reeves contributes some authoritative vocals on several tracks. She ups the ante of excitement on Clare Fisher's "Morning" and seduces wonderfully on the sensuous, "Darn That Dream." As for the instrumentals, Sanchez keenly demonstrates his versatility as he moves from the party-flavored cha-cha on "Subway Harry" to the sensational samba of "Sambroso." This is a delightful CD that sparkles with the danceable reverie of New York's Palladium Ballroom. --John Murph ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars poncho sanzhez's afro-cuban fantasy
Subway Harry song the best song by a long shot. Dianne Reeves presence is also nice. A few tracks are somewhat disappointing. Too plain, in some cases.

5-0 out of 5 stars Salsa con Huevos
If it wasn't for my little sister's good taste, I'd have never heard this gem. I love Latin jazz, but am often put off by slightly cheesy album covers (not this one) that Poncho and others have offered in the past. I know I shouldn't feel so as it's what's inside that counts. This album is pure ear candy, from Sanchez' driving percussion, to Dianne Reeves' smooth vocals, to the Tower of Power-like funky horn section. Even if you have no rhythm at all, you'll find yourself beating on your knees or your steering wheel and aching to dance! Only the commercial, top-fortyish lyrics of the otherwise infectuous Ven Pa Bailar mar this superb effort by Poncho Sanchez. It's truly salsa con huevos!

4-0 out of 5 stars Another triumph for the master
I guess I am a bit surprised to hear so many reviewers talking about how 'lite' the sound is on this disc. I guess you can certainly classify the sound as non driving but it's the subtlety that makes this such a great disc. And although it may be 'lite' I always find myself wanting to get up and salsa. So take that for what it's worth.

Pancho is just the master. My only disappointment is with Guapacha which to me is kinda bland (although I don't speak spanish so perhaps i'm missing something). Plus i've heard much better versions of Darn that Dream than this one. The album would actually have been better without these two cuts because the rest of the material is very rhythmic.

The highlight of the album though has to be the title cut 'Afro Cuban Fantasy'. I heard them play it live at WolfTrap (northern Virginia) about 2 years ago and it was beyond awesome. Papa Rodriguez played some incomprehensible rhythms during the performance. I swear that I had never heard a rhythm like that but when I heard it the sound was so logical it was like a revelation. The next best has to be 'Morning' with Dianne Reeves doing a great job of scattin'.

I personally like the Latin Soul album more than this one but this is the album that introduced me to Poncho so it get's alot of time in my player.

Buy it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Poncho's Best
If you have to pick one Latin jazz CD to buy, it should be this one. From start to finish, it never disappoints. The rhythms, the horns, everything blends together to make some of the most incredible music you ever heard.

And Dianne Reeves' appearance certainly doesn't hurt. On the lush ballad "I Remember Spring," she charms the listener into a contented calm, though "Darn That Dream" doesn't really do much for me. "Morning," a beautiful tune, is one of the best tracks on the CD, just on the strength of Reeves' wild scatting. It's like nothing you've ever heard, like a sort of exotic birdcall. The song keeps building, through Scott Martin's scorching sax solo, through the chorus of "Una mañana" (which you'll find yourself repeating constantly), and until the moment the song fades out.

But the main attraction here is Poncho and his band, and they give you something to keep hitting the "repeat" button for. Standouts are the laid-back "Sambroso" and "Guapacha," Poncho's singing on "Ven Pa Bailar," and the lovely "Willow Weep for Me" cha-cha.

But the three best are "Close Your Eyes," the title track, and "Playboy's Theme." On "Close Your Eyes" (inspired by Cal Tjader's dreamy version with underrated great Jose "Chombo" Silva), Martin (one of the best sax players around by my measure) gets the spotlight and gives a smooth, romantic solo performance. "Afro-Cuban Fantasy" is one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard. The breezy title track, "Afro-Cuban Fantasy" shows the epitome of the band's cool-salsa West Coast style. (However quiet this song seems, it is VERY loud when performed live!) And the dynamic "Playboy's Theme" is the band at its hot, spicy best! Arranged for them to play at a Playboy anniversary Jazz Festival, this explosive Latin jam gets you right from the beginning. Fantastic solos are everywhere, and you'll keep listening to this one again and again. (It's even more fun if you've heard the original by Cy Coleman, which can be found on Ultra-Lounge Volume 4, Bachelor Pad Royale.)

This is an amazing CD, for either Latin or jazz fans, or both, and a great introduction to Sanchez's stellar band. Don't miss this one!

4-0 out of 5 stars Power to the Poncho
Loud, soaring brass and sax give this album a loud, big-bandish sound; though very distinctive due to the bouncing latin percussion in the background.

All in all, I'd say this CD is well worth listening to: I was especially impressed with the saxophonist; Scott Martin (who also played the flute). Which brings up another point: flutes sound AWESOME in Latin Jazz. I highly recommend "Willow Weep for Me."

Aside from being a bit too bright for my tastes, I only had a few gripes with the album. First, the bright thing is just the style of music, but I thought "I Remember Spring" took it a bit too far and became overly sappy.

Finally, my main complaint with this album was the mixing job. Percussion was invariably placed at the back, making the rhythm section sound weak - especially for latin jazz. Even during the solos, the arranger usually put a repetetive piano or xeilaphone part over top of the percussion, making it more difficult to listen to.

My favourite tracks would have to be "Willow Weep for Me", "Afro-Cuban Fantasy" and "Playboy's Theme". Afro-Cuban had an awesome melody-line (loud, powerful, soaring) and great piano/conga parts. Playboy's Theme was probly my favourite as far as soloing goes. "Morning," featuring vocalist Diane Reeves another one of the album's best tracks. ... Read more


116. Come with Me
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5-0 out of 5 stars Brazilian jazz at its best!
I first bought this album in 1983, when I was about to graduate from college, and I still have never tired of it! The songs are life-affirming and uplifting. I just can't help but feel good whenever I listen to them. I particularly like the title song, "Come With Me," but I also love "Sementes, Graines & Seeds," which is my favorite, and the Latin-infused "Sangria". Tania is immensely talented on the piano; the chords are beautiful. Her vocals are out of sight also. Tania Maria is truly in a class by herself. This is one of my all-time favorite recordings. Listening to it makes you feel good to be alive. I defy anyone to listen to it without wanting to jump up and start moving! It's that good! Tania Maria -- the girl is baaaad!

5-0 out of 5 stars Funky Latin Jazz
Like the previous reviewer I got into this in my teens and it happened to be one of the first albums that I bought. London in the 80's had some excellent Jazzy funky clubs and when I first heard Tania Maria on a radio show that we all used to listen to I had to rush out and buy this. My dad who was very discerning with his Jazz tastes took an instant liking to it and I found it hard to get back from him.

Tania's first three albums for Concord Jazz including this one are probably here best remembered. For me this is timeless and when I feel like an uplift I can put on Come With Me and just enjoy the brilliance of Tania Maria. Certainly worth a spin on the CD deck.

5-0 out of 5 stars Her voice and style is amazing, simply amazing
I rarely find a woman singing over jazz, even Latin jazz, very appealing. It is either distracting me from the music or it just simply sounds like another Nancy Wilson imitator. Not here. At the time I heard this album I was 14 years old and worshipped heavy metal. It happen to be in my dad's car one day and I snuck the tape away, partaked in ceremonial greens (I was a 14-yr old headbanger!), then listened to the tape. It was the tape that catapulted my musical tastes into the jazz world. I have since obtained every album, but this remains the most powerful. Thank you TM!

5-0 out of 5 stars If you ever see this album, buy it right away!
You won't be sorry. I first heard of Tania Maria a few years ago, but for some reason never got around to buying any of her CD's until yesterday, when I spotted a used copy of this CD which had been very strongly recommended to me by a friend. I am embarrassed to say I paid an absurdly low price for my copy. Now having heard it, I would happily pay $20 for it! It's really that good. She just explodes out of the gate on the first track, and then cuts to a ballad tempo with a VERY nice rendition of George Gershwin's Embraceable You. Think you've heard that song in every conceivable permutation? Listen to this. Both in her playing and and her singing she makes everything sound new. That's all I can say and it summarizes the whole release. Just plain fantastic. ... Read more


117. The Latin Side of Vince Guaraldi
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5-0 out of 5 stars Another Vince Guaraldi Classic!
"The Latin Side..." has one key weakness - cheesy '60s string arrangements. However, it still remains one of Guaraldi's best non-"Peanuts" works. "Work Song" and "Treat Street," in particular, are irresistably funky, and the hilarious album cover is one of the best of its time. Don't pass this one by!

5-0 out of 5 stars Oh Yeah...
Vince Guaraldi is one of my all time favorites, and this CD is what I would personally call "Saturday morning cleaning music" only meaning it is light, gets your feet to moving...takes your cares away and you can just be-bop around the house to it.
Anyone who likes the Latin beat will certainly enjoy this CD!

5-0 out of 5 stars Vince Guaraldi at his best!
The San Francisco-based piano legend truly hit a high note with this album.

The Latin Side of... may not include his biggest hit "Cast Your Fate to the Wind," but in my humble opinion, this album ranks higher.

You may recognize some of the tracks (like Corcovado) from albums by other musical greats like Stan Getz and Miles Davis, but Guaraldi's style and meter shine new light, and tempos, on old favorites.

Oh, when you buy this album, make sure that you get "From All Sides." The two never leave my CD changer and compliment each other wonderfully! ... Read more


118. Open Your Eyes You Can Fly
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4-0 out of 5 stars Much like the artist herself...
...this album has aged well. I like it much more now than when it was released. And speaking of released, this is her comeback album after doing time at Terminal Island. So as you might expect, it's particularly joyous and free; two adjectives often associated with Flora. Although it has a much different feel, it shares with Wayne Shorter's "Native Dancer" Americans and Brazilians working together wonderfully. Hermeto Pascoal is dynamite here.

5-0 out of 5 stars Flora's masterpiece
For decades, Flora Purim has been the Queen of Brazilian Soul. Open Your Eyes You Can Fly stands as her masterpiece. She recorded it in 1976, following her 18 month prison term for alledged drug possession. And, boy, does she ever feel free. This album has only recently beome available on CD. It was worth the wait; the CD mastering is superb.

A dream band backs Flora, including her husband, Airto; George Duke on keyboards; Flora's mentor, the peerless Hermento Pascoal on flute and keyboards; the great Ron Carter sits in on bass for "san Fransisco River", one of the many highlights (there are so many highlights it's hard to choose). But the young, underrated Alphonso Johnson, on acoustic and electric bass, is the album's secret weapon.

Not only is this one of the great jazz albums of the Seventies (a wildly underrated and misunderstood decade for jazz), this is one of the great albums - period - of th Seventies. This album certainly sits in the Pantheon of my favorite albums of this period. While, over a quarter-century later, Open Your Eyes You Can Fly has well stood the test of time, I think you will also find it delightfully, immediately accessible; it's one of those rare music masterpieces of which both can be stated. Enjoy!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Jazz-Fusion Classic
Flora Purim, who is recognized more frequently as having a strong connection to husband Airto, and Chick Corea and Return To Forever, released a conceptual solo album in 1976 entitled "Open Your Eyes You Can Fly." The cover and album title speak of one main focus, freedom. This is in a literal and real life sense for Purim. She had just been released from a prison term on drug charges.

Each song is a celebration of life and the freedom that can be found, if one opens their eyes to see. George Duke and Airto, among others, add their strong presence to this effort. Purim has an angelic and airy vocal style that endears you to her anthem and music. She uses many resources by accessing her cultural roots, and musical background to brew a stew of Latin-progressive-jazz that defies categorization and genre placement.

The essence and core of Purim's being is found interlaced amongst the musical meandering and transitory complexities of jazz. Freedom, and the celebration that's found in the music, has a firm foothold on this entire session. At times you will hear her singing like a beautiful songbird taking flight, or using her voice as an instrument rather than relating a message through her own words. The music and sound of her vocalizations clearly declare her new found freedom and rebirth into humanity.

Latin music and jazz are not strange bedfellows; they can lay side by side, or conveniently depart to go in any direction without breaking the ties that hold them together. Visually you will see how the concept of this whole project becomes a reality with the all change and celebration going on all around it. The music and words are separate entities, yet they consummate a partnership by making both factors proportionate to each other. Music like this is further proof that it should be acknowledged as a sentient being. It all takes on a meaning and life of it's own with the help of Purim's individuality and expressiveness.

The percussion and strings enhance the listeners experience and give the music a strength and mystical element heretofore not found in other music. What's so interesting and absorbing about this music is they way it changes it's flight so rapidly without ever falling. Progressive jazz normally has odd time signatures provoked by the shouting rock elements. This doesn't happen at all during these sessions. The lead guitar is clear, clean and focused when exploring the electric aspects of the style. All the instruments, along with Purim's lovely voice becoming one with the soundscape, will hold you glued to the speakers until the curtain falls.

Climb aboard, the freedom train is ready to carry you to wherever your heart desires.

Keith Hannaleck

5-0 out of 5 stars Flora's Freedom Flight
It's about time that this jewel was released on CD. This was Flora's freedom flight in the USA and it contains the distinct bass signature of master Alphonso Johnson. This recording was there to help define the Fusion era and it contains the best elements of that period. The title track will stick in your mind for days. Flora is at her best chasing wordless vocals. Her voice is still pure bliss to hear. A great addition for lovers of Chick Corea's earlier RTF and Weather Report. Enjoy! ... Read more


119. Portraits of Cuba [Hybrid]
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5-0 out of 5 stars Best D'Rivera's Recording
Portraits of Cuba is a classic! What rhythms and exotic sounds emerge from this classic recording! Band,soloist D'Rivera and conductor Franzetti are all in sync with this great afro-cuban jazz. No, no salsa or samba(! ) ordanzo bonzo here; there's just great music and pure talent. Grammy winner1997 Best Latin Jazz Performance - a real winner for D'Rivera and company.

3-0 out of 5 stars Big band cocktail lounge in Havana
A nice mellow sound for background music, but nothing with salsa to make you want to samba or such.No Latin or African influences are audible.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This is probably D'Rivera's best effort in years.His most serious playing without being derivative or so keen into the millionth-notes fiery style. Carlos Franzetti wrote some of the most inspired charts of his nowillustrious musical career. Portraits is an amazing project.

5-0 out of 5 stars Latin Gershwin
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120. Jibaro
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The jazz world got to know Miguel Zenón quite well in 2004. The young alto saxophonist/composer expanded his already impressive sideman résumé with featured roles in the SF Jazz Collective and Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra. He also captivated numerous listeners with his heralded Marsalis Music debut, Ceremonial. With Jíbaro, his second Marsalis Music release, Zenón makes his most deeply rooted yet visionary statement to date. Among the most original, lyrical and passionate statements you will hear this year, the new disc explores the rural music of Zenón’s native Puerto Rico through his ten original compositions that both honor and expand upon the tradition with its unique sense of organization and form. ... Read more


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