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124. Latino
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126. This Side Of Paradise
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121. On Fire
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5-0 out of 5 stars Not from Cuba
The customer reviews are always helpful but one review got my attention. The customer said Michel was a "Afro-Cuban Genius".......correction, he is a "Afro-Dominican Genius". Michel Camilo is from the Dominican Republic not Cuba.
As a dominican I felt the urge to politely correct the statement.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Camilo - Afro-Cuban genius.
This CD is absolutely fantastic. Every track is breathtakingly beautiful. Camilo's chord voicings in this style are by far the most lush, complex, and beautiful I have ever heard. The mastery of the piano that it takes to play at this level is unthinkable. I've only seen him live once, but I wish he could move into my house. Joel Rosenblatt also shines on this album as well. If you haven't heard Rosenblatt live, do yourself a favor and go to a Spyro Gyra concert. As for Camilo, he's in a league all his own. Highest recommendation.

5-0 out of 5 stars A real piano jam!!!
Camilo shows a variety of rhythms that shows us how a piano is to be played and enjoyed. A good sweet jazz piano jam is how I personally call this, a good jazz performance that shows a different face of jazz with a latin feeling that comes from the same roots from outstanding performers like Chucho Valdes, or Gonzalo Rubalcaba. This is a must have for good latin jazz listeners.

5-0 out of 5 stars I think I wore out this CD. . .my undeniable favorite.
From the first tune, the jovial "Island Stomp," you know you're in for a great album. A great variety of songs, from ballads to latin to smoking swing, this album continues to be my favorite after 7 years! This was my first Camilo album, I now own them all!! ... Read more


122. 3-Way Mirror
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4-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Music
This is one of my all time favorite latin jazz albums. It features wonderful vocals from Airto and Flora and of course amazing percussion from Airto. The supporting cast is equally strong with Kei Akagi on piano and thegreat Joe Farrell on saxophone. Kei Akagi is an amazing piano player who went on to play with Miles Davis. I use to see him with Stanley Turrentine and later saw him do a show with a nice quartet including Rick Margitza. Kei reminds me of Bill Evans or Allan Broadbent combined with McCoy Tyner, a very sweet combination. Of historical significance on this album, it was the last recording of Joe Farrell prior to him death. Joe Shines with his obviously Coltrane influenced soloing. This album is live and well recorded, the real deal.

5-0 out of 5 stars THE WAY MUSIC SHOULD BE RECORDED!
This is a very moody album. There is hypnotic, smooth feeling to these tracks that is positively magical.The selections are eclectic, and there is something special in every piece. Track 1 begins with a fretless four-string acoustic bass and hand clapping, and builds into a colorful array of guitar and vocals. And what sonics!The entire recording was accomplished in Oxnard CA's civic auditorium-with a single mike! This creates a true sense of space around the musicians and singers. No electronic reverb here. You may not listen to this all the time, but it will grow on you. Turn off the lights and enjoy! ... Read more


123. Jam Miami: A Celebration of Latin Jazz
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As if to remind anyone who's forgotten his roots, Chick Corea re-connects here with his past, when he was pianist for Willie Bobo and Cal Tjader in the 1960s, and a catalyst for Brazilian fusion in the 1970s. Playing a Fender Rhodes piano throughout this 10-song live session, Corea reminds one more of Latin jazz master Clare Fischer than the adventurous soloist who always keeps his music on the edge. With Arturo Sandoval on Mongo Santamaria's "Beseme Mama," Corea recalls his days with Return to Forever.

The disc opens with all the pots boiling on "Soul Sauce" and "A Night in Tunisia," two standards by Dizzy Gillespie, the godfather of Latin jazz. Corea, Sandoval, Poncho Sanchez, and former Spyro Gyra vibes player David Samuels are all featured with fiery solos, with Sandoval trading high-flying riffs with fellow trumpeter Claudio Roditi on the latter tune. A tribute to Tito Puente, who was originally a part of this jam before falling ill, Jam Miami features two former members of his group, flutist Dave Valentin and trumpeter Ray Vega, as well as Escovedo, who, with Puente's death, may be the leading timbalero in Latin jazz. The theme from "I Love Lucy" and Corea's own "Wigwam," featuring members of his band Origin, are among the sparkling highlights of these long, solo-rich numbers. And smoke from the smoldering percussion riffs probably will linger in the South Florida night for ages.--Mark A. Ruffin ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Jam Miami Absolutely Amazing
This cd is a must buy for all Latin Jazz fans. Arturo Sandoval's solo in "A Night In Tunisia" is awesome. All of the songs on this cd a very good. It is hard to find a cd with every song very good.

5-0 out of 5 stars These cats on fire. . .
This album is something really special- these artists play together like they were brothers, and in a way, they are. They dedicate the music to Tito Puente (who was very ill at the time of the concert). They music is entirely soulful and heartfelt. Everyone plays "Tunisia," but this version is really something to behold. Chick's playing on Sandoval's "Mis Abuelos" is perfectly mathed with Sandoval's horn. Claudio Roditi explodes with vitality, Poncho Sanchez is ON. This concert album is recorded with studio quality. If you like any of these cats, this album is definite.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Latin Live ever!!
If your looking for a latin jazz cd in live format, this is it. Not only is the ensemble awesome, but the soloists are also great. Arturos solo at the end of 'Night in Tunisia' where he goes from a low double C, then to a triple F is amazing. Definitely worth it!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
I bought this CD over three months ago and I have yet to get tired of listening to it. The gathering of such talent performing live on one CD is a real treat. Arturo Sandoval, Poncho Sanchez, Pete Escovedo, Chick Corea (which is rare to see him on latin Jazz album), Dave Valentin, Nestor Torres, Hilton Ruiz, and Jeff Ballard on drums (who is simply awesome). This CD packed with these notable musicians is really special. If you're into serious latin Jazz, then this is a must have. ... Read more


124. Latino
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5-0 out of 5 stars Simply THE BEST latin Jazz!
This is undoubtedly a classic! The quintet that cannot be repeated -unfortunately- was at its best, with Mongo and Willie, probably the best combination in latin percussion,at the peak of their form. Any conga/timbale player's GOT TO HAVE this CD...the conga and timbale solos are unsurpassed. It is a "now" sound, recorded in the late fifties! - simply the quintessence of Latin Jazz -with capital letters.

5-0 out of 5 stars Cal Tjader- "Latino"
This is definitely one of Tjader's hottest albums recorded during his "golden era" with the Fantasy Label. It features an all-star cast with Mongo Santamaria, Vince Guaraldi, Rolando Lozano, Eddie Cano, Jose"Chombo"Silva, Willie Bobo, Paul Horn, Al McKibbon, Victor Venegas, Tony Terran, Lonie Hewitt, Eddie Coleman, etc. Experience jazz favorites like "Night In Tunisia", "Cuban Fantasy","Mambo Terrifico","Key Largo","The Continental", etc. One of the Tjader/Fantasy afro-cuban jass timeless classics! ... Read more


125. The Other Side of This
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5-0 out of 5 stars percussion + voice = trance
This cd has some real gems on it, pieces of music that sound like they came straight out of the Amazon rainforest. It isn't New Age at all, but very real, very original music that can really transport you.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of Airto's BEST!
A wonderful piece of work, a fantastic recording. If his work with Planet Drum left you wanting more, here it is! ... Read more


126. This Side Of Paradise
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5-0 out of 5 stars I'm addicted to this CD!
I'm a novice flute player and a friend gave me this CD to inspire me.It just blew me away.His playing is incredible and I love the song selection also.It's the first CD I've heard by Nestor Torres, but I'm online now about to order my next one.

5-0 out of 5 stars Nestor Torres wins a Grammy
Congratulations to Mr. Torres for winning a Latin Grammy for his CD This Side of Paradise. It is the most beautiful mix of grooves I've ever heard. This man makes the flute sing!

5-0 out of 5 stars Another Nestor excellent production......
Nestor Torres is a Pro musician that give us...Fresh, Warm, and Tropical Jazz music. This album like the others, is a Collection of masterpiece of the music.Congratulations again Nestor.Zomar.

5-0 out of 5 stars "master flutist sweetly melodic & rhythmic jazzman"
Nestor Torres latest release from Shanachie Entertainment ~ "This Side of Paradise", reflects his highly sense of musicianship as the premier Latino instrumentalists in the field of jazz and new age.

Torres interest in composing, arranging and performance was sparked when he first started playing the flute at the age of thirteen in is hometown of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico ~ attended the Inter-American University in San German, Puerto Rico before spending time at the Berklee College of Music, the Mannes College of Music, and the New England Conservatory of Music...quite impressive background.

This album blends Nestor's own techical brilliance of his style and speaks of his mastery of the classical idiom ~ which he first heard in Hubert Laws ~ completely changed his life in understanding the European classical music ~ and it shows in this remarkable performance of his own compositions...featuring guests ~ Chuck Loeb, Ed Calle and Pedro Guzman...an added plus.

Want to thank ~ Danny Weiss (executive producer) and Shanachie Entertainment ~ also available on Shanachie ~ "Treasures of the Heart" (SHA-5055)...from todays supreme Latin, pop, jazz and classical genre artist ~ NESTOR TORRES!

Total Time: 57:45 on 12 Tracks...Shanachie Entertainment SH-5076...(2001) ... Read more


127. Soneando Trombon
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5-0 out of 5 stars The absolute best!!!
I have never written a CD review before, but I figured that I would be doing an injustice to all music lovers if I were to not express how wonderful this music is. I have owned SONEANDO TROMBON since it was released in '98. It is still my favorite album. Since then, not a week has gone by that I don't find myself singing "Otra Oportunidad" at least once. I love that it starts with "Descargarana" which provides the listener with an introduction to the band. It is Latin Jazz in its purest form. If you are to own one Latin album, this should be it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
Brilliant, different, interesting, rich music. This is an extraordinary CD with amazing descargas. The lyrics have a message that is contemporary and significant. The trombone is glorious. What a joy!

5-0 out of 5 stars Energetic, original descarga
This album blew me away last year when it came out and I listened to it many a time. Bosch, of Puerto Rican descent, has been a session musician for qite a long time but this album represents the first time he's been at the helm. Many of the tunes build to irresistible, mesmerizing climaxes. The album shines with heart and sincerity and Jimmy and friends obviously had a great time doing it. You'd have to be arock not to feel moved by the anguish which comes through in Otra Oportunidad, about the death of Jimmy's brother from substance abuse. If you want more than the sappy romantic salsa that dominates the market these days, go for this fresh, inspiring album.

5-0 out of 5 stars very imaginative, cry-your-heart-out salsajazz!
This one is my current favorite, destinated to become a downright classic. The party begins when you read the liner notes. As opposed to the usual oblique remarks, this booklet tells a small but interesting story about the trombone. Step 2: put in the cd. Step 3: be as amazed as myself at JBs capacity to put on an irresistable groove AND at the same time never loose a detail ('Descargarana'). Duke Ellington comes to mind! What makes "Soneando Trombon" truly beyond the average salsa is the heartfelt cry at some of the songs. You really have to be a cynical drunk when you are capable of NOT getting touched by 'Muy Joven Para Mi' - and that is just one example. Last christmas I saw Bosch and his 'devastating' (LA Times) Orquesta in Antwerpen, Belgium. It was sensational. Instead of the irritating in-your-face happy/happy/joy/joy-ness of which some salsa-bands can't escape from, Bosch Y Su Orquesta puts the groove where it belongs: in the heart. The question remains: why don't you hear this wonderful cd in the clubs? The truth is out there, dj's! "Que ago ahora! Que ago ahora!" "No Importa lo que diga la gente!"

5-0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal brass & percussion section ignite this recording
Recently in concert in downtown San Diego opening for Willie Colon, Jimmy Bosch and his band of intensely gifted musicians brought the house down with their incredible triple harmonies on trombone, trumpet and baritone sax as well as a spectacular percussion section. Tireless performances by the congas, timbales and bongos coupled with the underlying bass is like hearing Ray Barreto with Cachao and Roberto Roena with Manny Oquendo all at once. Multiple encores at the concert finally led Jimmy Bosch to guest perform on Willie Colon's entire set. Tremendous !! ... Read more


128. Dizzy Gillespie - Greatest Hits
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3-0 out of 5 stars Thats 3.5 stars
Dizzy Gilepie is great trumpeter, I just can't stand those flatted fifths. THey make no sense. THey make it unmelodic. I love his sound, and Perker is good as well but I wish they wouldn't have played those notes

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Essential
Dizzy Gillespie is One Of the Most Incredible Musicians ever.Night in Tunisia is a Great Piece of Music.His Playing is a Must Alone.The Styles&Arrangements are fantastic.Very Essential Music. ... Read more


129. Obra Maestra (Masterpiece)
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The original title of Tito Puente's final album was Por Fin --"Finally"--a reference to the fact that Puente and fellow Latin-jazz titanEddie Palmieri never had recorded together, despite Puente's work with pianistPalmieri's brotherCharlie early in theircareers. Obra Maestra--"Masterpiece"--however, is an equally aptdescription for this set of a dozen mostly uptempo performances recorded shortlybefore Puente's death in May of this year. While engaging in the infectiousdance rhythms and perfectly calibrated, often blaring, ensemble horn statementsyou'd expect, the group also revels in the many shades of subtlety inherent inthe arrangements. Two medleys of mariachis and boleros are especiallyfine-tuned, and it's gratifying also to hear the rest of the players make roomfor Palmieri's immaculately off-kilter solo on "Marchando Bien." Puente himselfis as sizzling as ever, although he seems content to throw in his lot with therhythm section, basking once more in the glorious sound. --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Tito & Eddie combined ... It doesn't get better than this ..
In an album that makes justice to it's title, the two "maestros" waited much too long to give us such a vibrant, masterpice recording. The collaboration of latin legends Oscar de Leon (vocals in Mariachi Meddley and Paris Mambo), Pete "El Conde" Rodriguez (singing Marchando Bien) and Paquito D' Rivera as well as the frantic melodic arranges by Puente, Palmieri and Ray Santos make this CD a "must have" for all latin jazz & salsa lovers. Unfortunately, Mr Puente did not live to see this album hit the stands ...

5-0 out of 5 stars Finally, The Masters Recorded a Masterpiece
Tito Puente and Eddie Palmieri after 40 years of recording experience finally recorded together and made music history once again. Like they said, you should never judge a record by its cover. However, Masterpiece can really be judged by its cover. Just to see Puente and Palmieri on the same cover is worthy of our time in that Tito remained king and Eddie is the Son of Latin music. For sure this recording is what collectors will define as a true piece of mastery and a lesson to the new generation of recording artists in the tropical salsa music genre.

Ralph Mercado should receive an award for this one. He truly did something special for the salsa recording industry and global salsa consumer market. Felicitaciones -- congratulations to Ralph Mercado at RMM. This work represents the true definition of excellent salsa music.

Obra Maetra/Masterpiece is truly a dancer's music delight. After years of music experimentation in Latin jazz Tito Puente produced a live music production at Birdland,which earned him a Grammy. Now, to complete his life achievements, he produced one of the greatest music productions to conclude the 20th century. This Obra Maestra is a true statement that the old school of salsa is much, much better than the new class. No questions, no comparisons, no doubt.

Masterpiece combines the very best old school recording and engineering methods, methods, and along with new voices and melodies. When you see John Fausty on the credits then you know it's got to be good. This man understands what salseros love and have always demanded. Plus when Milton Cardona gets involved in recordings...there again...things will sound just great. And now, new generations can see and will finally get an education of the true value of classic salsa versus modern contemporary salsa; esto es sabroso! If you still don't understand what I'm trying to say just read the essay by Felipe Luciano...it's one of the best descriptions I have ever read.

Felipe Luciano wrote, "We should micro-disc this C.D. and hang it around all our childrens neck like an azabache. It will ward off evil. It will protect against intolerance, apathy, and mediocrity. And it will say softly or loudly, depending on where you are, where you live,how you dance your life, Masterpiece is the song of a people, then, now, forever."

I just love how it starts out "La Ultima Copa" in traditional Palmieri salsa style and with the full brass section that has dominated Puente's mambo recording sessions; BEAUTIFUL... GET IT, GET IT, GET IT Oscar D' Leon is even singing with Mariachis... Plus track 4 features Pete El Conde Rodriguez singing a son montuno with Nelson Gonzáles on tres and a solo by Palmieri...esto si es de la buena para tu cabeza; asi que alimentáte y sueltáte esa trensa musical de temas mongos que hablan de lo mismo. Aqui llegó la menta de los bailadores y los niches. Remember this...you will never see Puente and Palmieri pictured together playing dominoes and twelve tracks of music along with 100 years of music history; El Puente Mundial onto the 21st Century. Masterpiece is Tito Puente's last gift to us; get your copy before they run out.

5-0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece indeed
It is dangerous to use a word such as "masterpiece", for it easealy could be abused. The use in this case is more than justified. This is a historical recording musicaly, in its lyrics and arraingments. A must have CD!

4-0 out of 5 stars Not exactly a masterpiece
The sound sounded like it was too polished. I did not like the arangements. It contains an interesting mariachi-salsa popular song(La negra). I don't think this was his best most refulgent recording. A good cd but I would not give it 5 stars. In my opinion his last live recording under his name was 5 stars. Eddie Palmieri was not even on the cd. Ok, he was but it seemed like it. Michael Stuart surprised me with that bolero. excellent voice!. All in all a good cd to have in a collection.

5-0 out of 5 stars Obra Maestra
This is really a wonderful album. If you're a true aficionado, you'll get right up and start to dance. If you're not, you may soon become one. There are some truly spectacular tunes here. Enjoy! ... Read more


130. Blue Brazil
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5-0 out of 5 stars Jazz, Brazilian style
Fans of jazz will appreciate the different take here, as will fans of Brazilian music. It is a very nice, eclectic collection; very enjoyable for the music lover. Out of several collections of Bazilian music I have listened to, it is the most jazz oriented.

5-0 out of 5 stars Jazz, Brazilian style
Fans of jazz will appriciate the different take here, as will fans of Brazilian music. It is a very nice, eclectic collection; very enjoyable for the music lover. Out of several collections of Bazilian music I have listened to, it is the most jazz oriented.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic MPB and Bossa Nova
I cannot believe it took me this long to "discover" this CD. It is remarkable with terrific tracks and a seemingly natural flowing feel about it. From the opening track, you are transported to Brazil and have the feel of the music and the inspiration of the new movement and the next generation of Brazilian musicians and stars.

The biggest standout track to me is Joyce's "Aldeia de Ogum". It displays her range and the shows how she could use her voice as an instrument just like the other top divas of Sarah Vaugh and Flora Purim. Other notable artists were Edu Lobo, Marcos Valle, Eumir Deodoto and Milton Banana Trio.

After giving it a listen, you wonder why Sergio Mendes version of Ponteio wasn't included. But it doesn't stop you from enjoying it. I recommend this CD.

5-0 out of 5 stars Stunner of an album
This inspiring, romp of an album never let's up! The corny cover of a Carmen Miranda with fruit bowl hat is not a good indication of the quality of the music which is seriously brilliant (and there are no Carmen Miranda songs). Joyce's dazzling, virtuosic, "Aldea de ogum" is a standout track but this collection of rare material from the 1960s to the 1990s is remarkable for its consistent high quality. "Blue Brazil" belongs with other essential Brazilian compilation CDs like "Canta Brazil -The Great Brazilian Songbook" and "Beleza Tropical 1".

5-0 out of 5 stars Right out of the top drawer, I defy you not to enjoy this.
An absolutely fantastic cd. Anyone with an interest in Brazilian music should buy this. Bluenote has done us a service once more by unearthing these tracks and putting them together. It comes from the Bossa Nova period, but is really pumping, jazzy, danceable stuff. Buy it and you'll understand. ... Read more


131. Reunion
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5-0 out of 5 stars An album to fall in love with...
This album is a great one! Musically beautiful, technically sublime, played and produced with great passion and care. And this version of 'Claudia' (Chucho Valdes), already a 5 stars-composition, is the best one I have heard. ... Read more


132. The Best of Irakere
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The great Cuban band Irakere has beenunderrecognizedonly because the United States' trade embargo on Cuba kept themainstream jazz audience unaware oftheir existence until 1977.Members of Cuba's reigning big band, the Orquesta Cubana de Mésica Moderna, formed Irakere in 1971. The new group'sleaders were virtuosicpianist Chucho Valdés, trumpeter ArturoSandoval, andsaxophonist Paquito d'Rivera. After the '77diplomatic thaw, the band played a U.S. tour and signed withColumbiarecords. The material here is from the Columbia period,thebulk of which was recorded live in New York in 1979. The band's ability to play complex jazz arrangements with salsa rhythms is a revelation. --John Swenson ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars The Live Cuts are Astounding!
The American debut of the pioneering Cuban group Irakere was steeped in much more than music. The product of a slight thaw in Cuban-American relations during the Carter administration, the group's triumphant live performances in New York in 1979 were released by Columbia with much hype and fanfare. Rightly so, the music was electric. After the initial buzz some members of the group defected and became high profile jazz musicians, particularly Paquito D'Rivera and Arturo Sandoval. But these defections meant the end of the group as it had been constituted in 1970's Havana. Bandleader "Chucho" Valdez stayed in Cuba, with several other members while the defectors went on to have high profile international careers.

Irakere hasn't been killed by these changes. The group is still vital and touring consistently. But the 1970s group still kinds the musicians at their most creative and vital. This CD contains some studio cuts from the period, along with most of the band's live Columbia album. It is worth getting, just for the live cuts, which are phenomenal. However, the studio cuts have dated rather heavily. Irakere was, along with Los Van Van and many other groups, the foremost exponent of the Cuban son style, which mixed electronics, disco and funk grooves, with salsa, Afro-Cuban and jazz to create a seminal fusion style. While the salsa and Afro-Cuban elements are in no way dated, the disco element really is and probably detracts from some of the cuts on the album. Still, even with dated elements, there is a fire in the group that is undeniable.

The liner notes claim that the disc is made up of two separate live gigs with slightly different personnel. However, this is almost definitely a mistake, as Gira Gira, Claudia, Anunga Nunga and many other cuts are clearly studio creations. The studio work is uneven. Particularly difficult to listen to is Anunga Nunga, a blatantly Cubano-disco cut that is almost embarrassing now, 30 years later. The vocals sound like the worst Hispanic lounge lizard stereotype you could imagine. Though other vocal tracks in the studio fare a bit better, none of them escape the patina of age, and the listener who lived through the 70s and survived may find himself a bit disoriented, and perhaps wondering, "Did I ever really like this sound?" It is much the same as looking at old high school year book pictures with brushed velvet three piece suits or Farrah Fawcet hair styles and trying to remember why you thought that would be a cool look for you!

However, the live stuff more than redeems the album. Irakere was, and still is, an astounding live band. The arrangements are complex, multi-layered and often played at blinding speed. The band seems to be able to turn on a dime, moving from disco to Afro-Cuban chants with no difficulty at all. In Jorge Varona, Sandoval, D'Rivera and Carlos Averhof the band had one of the tightest horn sections around, with musicians who were able to execute complicated charts with the energy of solos, and who were each amazing improvisers. The rhythm section was even more dense, with Enrique Pla and Carlos Morales setting up a firm drum and bass foundation over which the guitar and three percussionists would weave dense polyphony. Dominating all the proceedings is the virtuoso piano and keyboards of Jesus "Chucho" Valdez, perhaps the most amazing pianist Latin America has ever produced. The cuts are spectacular, from Ilya, which begins as a disco funk number and ends in a vital Afro-Cuban chant, to the marvelous Adagio on a Theme from Mozart which features D'Rivera on an astounding saxophone solo, to the most impressive work the group ever recorded, the Misa Negra, which takes it's rhythms and general shape from the sacred music of Santeria and creates a work that borders on the ecstatic. This performance alone is worth the price of the CD.

I do have some gripes. First of all, almost the entire live CD is represented on this disc, so why they chose to leave out one cut, I'll never know. One more live cut and less of the disco studio stuff would have been a wonderful thing for this disc. Also, the liner notes leave a lot to be desired. The track information is demonstrably wrong. The studio cuts are listed as live cuts, and the live cuts are listed with a much smaller band than played on them. This is demonstrated on Ilya, on which Carlos Averhoff introduces the whole band and the line-up does not match the liner notes at all. The written notes too abound in mistakes and gushy prose, something that other releases in Columbia Jazz's Contemporary Masters series don't have to contend with. And the interspersing of the studio and live cuts is frustrating as well. But all that aside, I still have to warmly recommend the album for the live material, which is not available in any other way currently and is some of the best Afro-Cuban jazz that exists. The live cuts would merit 5 stars...or even six if I could go that high. However, subtract a star for the studio cuts and shoddy package material.

If you find you like the Irakere selections, try the band's newer albums too. Babalu Aye is wonderful, as are the numerous live recordings. The band looses Paquito and Arturo, but the energy, passion and drive of Valdez continue to ensure that they are going strong well into their third decade!

3-0 out of 5 stars The 3 instrumental cuts make it worthwhile
I've had this CD for years and couldn't remember why it was that I had not played in a long time. The answer? The vocal tunes. Although there are 10 cuts in this CD, the three instrumental ones are worth the price by themselves. The other 7, unfortunately, feature mostly annoying lyrics or simulated African chants.

I took the 3 instrumental cuts and transferred them to a blank CD. Those 19 minutes of music are worth the price of the whole disc. I just wish the vocalist would have just stayed home on the other 7 cuts; this would have been one great overall CD.

If anything, get this CD to hear the variation on Mozart's theme. The sax solo (I assume it was Paquito D'Rivera, sounds just like him) smokes.

The cliché "less is more" fits the bill; those 3 cuts together are greater than the original 10.

5-0 out of 5 stars Mixing it up, Cuban style!
Irakere was an amazing band. Something like this does not happen very often. Musicians so uniquely talented together in one band. I had read about them being one of the premier Cuban bands, and I got this compilation. The first time I heard it, I couldn't believe it. These guys know their Latin roots to a T, yet they mix that with a lot of different styles. Disco/Funk style grooves, complete with psychedelic synthesizer give way to the deepest Latin groove, capped with monstruos solos by the great Arturo Sandoval or Paquito D'Rivera. Dark, African tribal-like melodies interspersed with spoken-word phrases. Even classical music, Cubanized! I never get tired of it. I can never get tired of fearlessly made music. Music made with the sole purpose of exploring possibilities. Yet, one can feel the sense of humor. You feel they are having fun, they enjoy the creative process, they enjoy the off-beat combinations that seem to work like magic. One can only join in the enjoyment. If you like Latin music at all, and you also enjoy music that combines seemingly disparate elements, Irakere should be on your list of bands to consider. Que viva el ritmo latino!

5-0 out of 5 stars Dark Latin Groove.
Irakere is, no doubt about it, the best cuban band of all time. This is the compilation of the great 1979-80 period, in which they went off cuba to break the North-American Ice. Piano virtuoso Chucho Valdez reachs the highest levels of afro-caribbean voodoo with "Black Mass (Misa Negra)" and the disco dance is present here with "Anunga Nunga". The best moment, after the Mass? try the nine minutes of Dark Latin Groove of "Ilya"

After the tour that this album covers, saxofonist Paquito D'Rivera quit Irakere. He didn't can play for the art's sake only; neither trumpetist Arturo Sandoval. I don't know how is Irakere now; I usually see Chucho Valdez in videos here in Lima in a Music Video Show and he is still the Black Mass virtuoso. The only problem is, he's still in Cuba, and his records are not well distribuited. I have one interesting LP (LP!), not included in any music catalog: IRAKERE and the CUBA NATIONAL SYMPHONIC ORCHESTRA (Egrem). If you have any information about to how to get this item in CD, please write me back.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good, but not the best by the group
A shame that Columbia refuses to re-issue their first MONSTER self-titled album in proper fasion. Admttedly, this contains most of that album, but to omit the incredible "Juana Mil Ciento" from this CD is criminal! Admittedly, however- this is a good intro to a band that was one of the driving factors of the Cuban music scene in the 80's. This horn section could have knocked down the walls of Jericho, along with that other ensemble from 2000 years ago... ... Read more


133. Yemaya
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The billing (Irakere "featuring Chucho Valdés") illustrates what a draw the leader-pianist Valdés has become in his own right, and Yemayá does indeed showcase his prodigious talents as a keyboardist, albeit on an electro-acoustic instrument and with a set designed as much for the American jazz audience as for his Cuban roots. The opening title cut with Valdés's sister Mayra Caridad on vocals is a killer Latin-soul-jazz workout, while track 2, with blistering solo work from Valdés over a crisp, percussion-led rhythm, sets the tone for the remaining seven extended cuts. This is not so much Cuban music as jazz with a Latin base--complex, disciplined, but swinging hard. The pace is often frenetic, with soloists diving straight in at the deep end, but with sophisticated arrangements there is always plenty of light, shade, and drama. Yemayá represents a new phase for Irakere and is Latin Jazz of the highest caliber, full of virtuosity and passion. --Derek Rath ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars "Spiritual Jazz" is what the world need now!
I love this CD, especially the title track YEMAYA.
I find myself playing it over and over. Chucho
Valdes and Irekere have outdone themselves with
this one. Jazz as a spiritual medium...WOW!
This one will certainly not disappoint.

5-0 out of 5 stars I enjoy it more and more each time!
I bought this CD after attending the 2000 Havana Jazz Festival and hearing the group live. When I first listened to the CD, there was so much going on in the music that I was a little distracted. Then I took it on a short road trip and cranked it up in the car, listening to it over and over. The complexity, harmonies, percussion, and ensemble work of this group was a great pleasure to my sensibilities and my soul. This stands as one of my all-time-favorite albums!

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing! the magic of chucho's boys at their best!
No doubt! this is the most brilliant example of what a real all star team can do!, these musicians are in superb shape and this is the music that is delivering sparkling fire from La Isla de La Música. Just listen to the riffs of that brass section!!, not to say the power of the percussionists (well, of curse they are cuban),and at last but not least the master himself, the great boss Chucho Valdés playing the keyboards with the joy of a child playing in the park and the surgical accurate of the hypermusician he is!. Have no mistake, this is not a recording of memorabilia, this artists don't need your simpaty, they need all your hearing capacity and be shure:this capacity will never be the same after listening to them!!,

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent jazz recording
I had the opportunity to see Irakere live a few weeks ago and immediately came to Amazon.com to find a CD. I chose this one and I'm glad I did. Even though some of the personnel are different this recording is still as wonderful as they were live. Their Latin Jazz groove is an outstanding blend of many influences.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Album
Often times one will read a review and it will state: "after repeated listenings the listener will be rewarded". Well ... not this album. From the first listen it is exciting, exhuberating music. I just finished listening to it the first time and I love it. If you want high energy, creative jazz with a latin flavor, this album is for you. This band displays excellent mastery of their instruments and the arrangements are tight and so very exciting...buy it! ... Read more


134. Afro-Roots
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A compilation of Cuban conguero Ramon "Mongo" Santamaria's first two albums for Fantasy Records, Afro Roots features not only an all-star percussion section, including Willie Bobo, Francisco Aguabella, Carlos Vidal, and Armando Perazza, but also musicians such as flutist Paul Horn, vibist Cal Tjader, and saxophonist Jose "Chombo" Silva. This disc also includes the original version of Santamaria's classic "Afro-Blue" (a simmering, sensual reading featuring Horn). The music, closer to traditional Cuban music than to any notion of Latin jazz, sounds as fresh and engaging as when it was recorded, in 1958. The set includes nods to traditional Afro-Cuban religious ritual music ("Afro-Blue," "Bata," "Imaribayo") and classic rumba ("Chano Pozo," "Meta Rumba," "Yambu," "Columbia") but also conga ("Conga Pa Gozar"), merengue-rumba ("Che-Que-Re-Que-Che-Que"), and an elegant but forceful mambo ("Mazacote," featuring Tjader). --Fernando Gonzalez ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Caliente
I just bought the CD reissue of this: I've had the vinyl version since the '70's. It's an indispensible recording of percussion virtuousity, and since it's mostly drums (except for the work by Cal Tjader and Paul Horn) it gives Mongo plenty of room to stretch out. Plus it's like a textbook of Afro-Cuban rhythms: rhumba, guaguanco, congobel, etc.

There may be some "spiritual" overtones to the drumming (like there is in almost any music), but I'd say it's mostly secular music intended to let Mongo and his mates tear it up. If you want more specifically religious Cuban drumming, try Milton Cardona's "Bembe", which is Santeria ceremonial bata drumming.

4-0 out of 5 stars Intresting .. This CD is the BOMB!!!
Well to be honest this cd wasn't what I thought it was going to be when I purchased it. I was looking for something mello, with cool jazzy sounds, like Mongo's other stuff, to my suprise this cd gave me a trip to AFRICA. It was filled with beautiful dropplets of all kinds of drums, "AFRO BLUE" blew me away, that song is my favorite hands down. I would encourage anyone to buy this cd, who's into congos and a sweet trip to AFRICA.

5-0 out of 5 stars Back to the roots for the latin jazz listener...
Anyone, and I mean ANYONE (especially if you're born in the late seventies/early eighties like myself) that is a jazz fanatic and has delved into the world of latin/jazz fusion MUST go back to this album. I am a Mongo Santamaria fan, I don't think that it was/is even possible for an album of his to be produced that's sub-par. This particular album contains one of the must have versions of the classic and frequently re-produced song, "Afro-Blue." You have to own this album and listen to see exactly why the likes of Coltrane and others just had to pay tribute to this classic.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the "must have" recordings for percussionst and amate
I've listened to this recording for more than 20 years (vinyl, or course) and use it as a reference when I teach conga and African American drum. This is Mongo straight off the island, still full of his homeland, and absorbing U.S. jazz. The drums sound like rocks! compared to today's fiberglas instruments, but the tuning's impeccable, and the music (and singing) is hot! It's a must for any serious Cubo-phile, or hand drum person.

5-0 out of 5 stars Afro-Cuban rhythm in its purest form.
For anyone who's ever touched a drum or been touched by the pure rhythmic magic of the Afro-Cuban tradition, this recording is a MUST have. Along with Mongo on these historic recordings are Willie Bobo and Armando Peraza, a trio of masters of this musical language. You won't hear this music played on any smooth-jazz-dreck station. These wonderful recordings have their roots in the Yoruban religous ceremonies. This is as real as it gets. ... Read more


135. 3 Decadas de Su Musica
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5-0 out of 5 stars Son lo mejor en songo,
los Van Van son una orquesta cubana que me encanta, no solo por el hecho de su musica, sino también por el frenesí que me mueve por el hecho de ser un negro colombiano.

Me gustaría que me dieran información sobre los van van, cual de todos es su último cd, y además poder intercambiar musica, es la mejor banda de songo del MUNDO, VIVA VAN VAN.....t

5-0 out of 5 stars it's a tribute to van van,israel kantor(ex-van van's singer)
but this is not van van,juan formell,who was the musical director of orquesta reve when he and a number of others members broke away to form los van van.van van has remained cuba's most popular group for 32 years and counting.formell was fearlessly experimental and coined the term"songo"to describe the music stemming from his fusions of cuban rhythms whith synthesizers,all type of rock,rap,brazilian music,merengue,and just about anything else that caugth his interest.the other key founding member also from orquesta reve,is pianist cesar"pupy"pedroso who has recently left to form his own group,"los que son son",and been replaced by roberto"cucurucho"carlos.los van van has had two drumers.first was the legendary changuito,who made many important innovations in the songo period and left 4 albums ago to pursue a solo career in latin jazz.changuito fue replaced by formell's son samuel,also one of the most influential percussionists in the history of cuban pop.one of the biggest thrills of seeing van van(sometimes referred to as "el tren")live is watching samuel dominate the drumset.part of los van van's longevity can be explained by periodic addittion of new young singers angel bonne and pedro calvo were two of the most important before leaving to pursue solo careers,but it was the two singers who come after them mayito rivera and roberto"guayacan"hernandez,who played the most critical roles in allowing van van to enter,and conquer,the world of timba.pedro calvo left the band in late 2000 to tour with the afro-cuba all-stars after a brief stint as a guest artist with ng la banda.after several months of rehearsal,los van van is now back whith two new singers abel""lele""rosales,the son of one of the founding members of the group,and the first female member in their history,yeni valdes,who had previously sung with ng la banda for several years.cesar "pupy"pedroso left los van van in the summer of 2001.joining him was violinist gerardo miro.the band is currently playing in havana and touring and has already released it first cd.pupi has written more hits than anyone but formell,has three solo albums to his credit and hasalso written hits for others bands,including manolito y su trabuco and ng la banda.the new pianist of van van is roberto"cucurucho"carlos.althoug only 24 years old,he's played whith a long list of top timba bands,including charanga habanera,charanga forever,issac delgado,paulito fg,and sol and soul.record company litigation has delayed the release of the next los van van cd,but they're playing many new songs in concert.THIS IS VAN VAN.

1-0 out of 5 stars This is not the real Van Van
This is a case of dishonest packaging. Fans (like me) think we're buying a 30-year compilation by Los Van Van headed by Juan Formell in Cuba. But only the tiny fine print inside the CD package gives a clue that this is not the real thing. It's some unknown group doing covers of the hits. The only tenuous connection to Van Van is lead singer Israel Kantor (originally Sardinas) who sang with Van Van many moons ago before moving to Miami. The deception is outrageous -- and unnecessary. They should have been honest about it and told buyers these are cover versions, because Kantor and his phony Van Van actually improve some of the very early tunes like Chirrin Charran and Seis Semanas, which he originally sang in the bad old days of Cuban recording technology. As for the more recent numbers, they sure fall flat. That's why "La Bomba Soy Yo" sounds like a pale imitation of the real thing, because it is just that. This album needs a consumer warning label: Caution: Contains counterfeit Cuban music.

5-0 out of 5 stars This CD is worth 5 stars
This CD is worth 5 stars because it has several outstanding tracks (Deja la Ira, Disco Azúcar, for example) and the ones that are less so provide a glimpse of the evolutions their arrangements go through.For example, La Bomba Soy Yo, in this CD does not compare to the version in the album Llegó....Van Van, which was playing everywhere in Cuba in January, 2001, when I happened to visit, and I assume is a subsequent version. To see an almost mediocre version evolve into an outstanding track is informative and provides a rare glimpse into the creative processes of this magnificent set of musicians.

5-0 out of 5 stars WOW, what a great CD......
As an avid fan of Los Van Van I highly recommend this CD.I have many of their CDs and this one is arguably the best.While Sandunguera (Por Encima del Nivel) has been included in many others (I have over 4 cuts of this song) the version here is different (probably from an early jam\descarga) and it is outstanding.I challenge anybody to stay still while it plays.The Candela piece is also excellent but frankly the whole CD is great.....and very well recorded - sounds like a live performance.Hard to stop playing it.... ... Read more


136. New Congo Square, Vol. 3
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New Orleans's fabled Congo Square was the meeting place where blacks from Africa and the West Indies danced to their native grooves during the slavery era. Paying homage to one of the Crescent City's most historic spots is the city's own Los Hombres Calientes--percussionist Bill Summers, trumpeter Irvin Mayfield, and the newest member, drummer Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez. They take Congo Square to the Americas beyond the U.S. with Cuba's Isaac Delgado and Jamaica's Burning Spear. Recorded in New Orleans, Havana, Santo Domingo, and Bahia, New Congo Square delves into the rumba/salsa "Forforo Fo Firi," the reggae classic "I Shot the Sheriff," and the merengue-motored "Dominicanos." Mayfield plays the Brazilian bossa nova with passion on "Corcovado/Nocturnal Low Moan" and Jamaica's Rastafarian rhythms spring forth on "Nyabinghi." Stateside, the group also funks up contemporary urban dance grooves on the "New Bus Stop," and trumpeter Michael Ray and vocalist Kermit Ruffins serve up a tasty musical gumbo on "New Second Line." Los Hombres Calientes vividly connect the musical dots in the African American hemisphere. --Eugene Holley, Jr. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Jazz de Caribe Suave
Esta colección de jazz está fundida con el Caribe y americano influencian, incluyendo Curtis Mayfield, el primo de los artistas. De la primera canción a la ultima, este CD lo que bailar a fuera de su silla. Si tienes alma.

5-0 out of 5 stars Jazzy!
Having never considered myself a real fan of jazz music, I wasn't in any real hurry to listen to this cd when I received it. Yesterday, I finally put it on the cd player and WOW! Irvin Mayfield is one terrific trumpet player! My favorite song on the cd is Fantizias De Samba, even though it did not feature Mayfield's talent with the trumpet, it was outstanding with John Boutte and Philip Manuel on vocals. The music is catchy and Los Hombres Calientes' talent is undeniable. Their music is an original blend of Jazz, Carribean, and other music styles, and they're cd's are definately worth giving a listen to.

5-0 out of 5 stars All that and then some...
This album does not disappoint. I'm not big on Grammy nominations but they definitely got this one right. Los Hombres Vol. 3 is a treat from track 1 to 23. Irvin Mayfield's playing is fantastic and Bill Summers brings the straight thunder. The gumbo of sounds and rhythms that they bring to the table is what Latin jazz is all about. I saw this group live at Blues Alley and they were amazing.

I must add that Irvin Mayfield is a true gentleman of jazz. I am a beginning trumpet player and I contacted him with some questions. He not only answered my questions - he gave me a quick lesson when he was in town. We need more jazz musicians like him who remember (and act accordingly) the history of this great music.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great - Deserves Wide Attention
People have probably been trying to decide where jazz ought to go from the beginning. A major turning point came when bop pretty much took dance, and a vast part of its audience from jazz. Ken Burn's series showed a musician returning from the war, hearing bop and thinking it was the greatest thing he'd ever heard; and a dancer who thought it was the worst. Diz could never get more than a few of the boppers to dance to it. Of course you could get a few people to dance to the Dead, but it didn't prove much.

A recent article in the NY Times described a new European jazz dance scene - rather techo, and reportedly dismissive of the "retro" American jazz scene. I haven't heard these CDs, and so, can't comment. I will say, though, that the blend of New Orleans, the Caribbean and modern jazz that these guys have devised is one of the best answers I can imagine to the "whither jazz?" question. The idea of combining Caribbean music and jazz is hardly novel, and the return to New Orleans-based players and styles may be retro, but this music sounds very new.

Volume Two showed clearly where they were heading, and inspired great hope. Volume Three: Congo Square really fulfills their promise. This is great music, with excellent original compositions by Mayfield and Summers. It's in no way "light" jazz - treacle for the masses. "Serious" jazz fans will find lots to enjoy, but I really think this could be enjoyed by people who've never bought a CD featuring a trumpet.

I hope this will get some serious critical attention. These guys deserve to be huge, and this is the CD to do it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Music that is refreshing to the heart and soul!!!
This CD is a buffet of mutilple talent! What you hear is what you get, a combination of flavorful sounds from different parts of the world. From the beautiful sound of Mr. Mayfield's trumpet to outcry of the incredible smooth sounds of the percussion, together with other multiple talents in this album they stimulate the heart and soul. This cd makes one dance, think, cry,laugh, and most of all it makes one feel great! Check this CD out for yourself! Enjoy! Ofa atu! ... Read more


137. My Passion for the Piano
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Several non-keyboard jazz icons, including drummer Jack DeJohnette and bassist Charles Mingus, have released recordings as pianists. On this release, the Cuban-born, Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Arturo Sandoval joins that elite list. Backed by drums, percussion, bass, and tenor saxophonist Ed Calle, Sandoval unveils his suave and swinging pianisms, which spring from several influences. The rhapsodic romanticism of Keith Jarrett and Bill Evans is evident on Sandoval's "Marianela Says Goodbye," from his soundtrack to the HBO movie For Love or Country, and on Armando Manzanero's bolero, "Esta Tarde Villover." On the finger-busting "All the Things You Are," Sandoval sounds like his former Irakere bandmate, Chucho Valdes. Another standard, "Stella by Starlight," swings in a Cuban clave groove, while "D.A.S.S." moves with a bossa nova lilt. Sandoval's sensitive reading of Michel Legrand's "Windmills of Your Mind" is the most evocative track on this recording, which reveals another side of Arturo Sandoval's genius. --Eugene Holley Jr. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Permanent fixture in car's CD player
This is as good or better than Arturo's other works...This will be memorable...

5-0 out of 5 stars Sandoval Squared
Sandoval's is probably the preeminent trumphet player in the World--that's not much of a surprise. His talent on the piano is the revelation here and a very enjoyable album is the result. I can't evaluate the technical proficiency of Sandoval with his left hand, as some of my colleagues can--but I can tell you this is an album you will play over and over.....

5-0 out of 5 stars Inspiration does not involve the worry of someone flaws.
Every once in a while there will be a cd that will take you away from the life you have and will even change the atmosphere.This is that cd. I haved long for something like this to come along and help me escape while I draw and do my college papers.I do not really care for the examination of Arturo's technique for playing the piano, but I can say that I really love this cd and after jus listening to the online sample have decided that I am gonna order this. Arturo is simply doing what any other artist is doing which is simply being himself artistically on the piano. An artist defines himself through whatever method he is given. -_^

3-0 out of 5 stars Impressive chops
The evidence from this recording will show that Sandoval's technique on piano is commensurate with his trumpet virtuosity. Unlike numerous other instrumentalists who also play piano, Sandoval has a command not merely of harmony but of right-hand digital dexterity. In fact, his non-stop upper-register phrases and polyrhythmic torrents suggest that for Sandoval the piano in some respects compensates for things that are impossible to execute on a wind instrument.

The problem is that after a while the virtuosic display and driving rhythms take on a monotonous quality. The pianist "wears out" tunes like "All the Things" and "Stella" with his bombastic approach, and the decision to include an alternate version of the opening blues number is clearly ill-judged overkill. Moreover, a trained pianist will soon detect that, despite a formidable technique, Sandoval not only lacks a genuine "piano touch" but has a left-hand that is frequently clueless about complementary rhythmic patterns and chord voicings.

5-0 out of 5 stars Arturo never stops amazing me!
WOW, this album blows me away, what an amazing musician. Arturo can hang with anybody on the piano, what great "chops".

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138. Travesía
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5-0 out of 5 stars Traveis his best yet
With TRAVESIA David has absolutely pulled it all together. Sound, feeling, composition and technique are all amazing. His rendition of ILL WIND is superb as is his orginal song KARLA'S CHANGES...a swooping climbing/diving revelry that revelas something new everytime I listen to it. I have followed David Sanchez' development as a tenor player since his firt release THE DEPARTURE. He was always an interesting technician on the horn but now there are so many more levels. Can't wait until the next one.

5-0 out of 5 stars solid tenor
If you don't know the David Sanchez sound, I suggest you get aquatinted - this guy is gonna be around a long time. Usually heavy on the Latin (Cuban) rhythms - this album is more straight-ahead than the others, and even a little beyond with the trio work. The group as a whole works well with each other, and makes for a very good album - maybe even his best yet?

5-0 out of 5 stars Clean, uncluttered and forceful
A really excellent album from David Sanchez. Based around augmenting a basic trio of Sanchez (Tenor Sax throughout) Hans Glawischnig (Bass), Antonio Sanchez (drums) the album has forceful contributions from Edsel Gomez on piano and Miguel Zenon on alto sax. The material is an eclectic mixture of material written by Sanchez and Zenon through Wayne Shorters "Prince of Darkness" - a great opener- to Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler's "Ill wind". The album programme works well, but stand out tracks for me are Zenon's " Joyful" with some added percussion, and Sanchez's "Karla's changes". This is a particularly good example of how well Sanchez and Zenon complement each others playing. The sound is very precise, clean and when it needs to be, mellow. Gomez also fits well into the overall sound, particularly effective on "River Tales". " Peace for Vieques" an extended piece also includes Pernell Saturmino's Puerto Rican rainforest effects. This is a full on David Sanchez extended jazz album which deserves a wide audience, and proves how effective he is within the small group setting. Listen to this soon! ... Read more


139. Thousand Finger Man
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2-0 out of 5 stars Time Machine
This takes you to 1969. Boogaloo craze meets Blue Note records. The band is great but they're just going through the motions here. Candido plays like crazy but he can't do it alone.

If you want background music for an "instrumental sounds of the pyschedelic sixties" get-together, be sure to have this one on hand. If you want to hear what Candido, the master conga and bongo player, sounded like, try to find "Brujerias de Candido, Candido's Latin McGuffa's Dust". I cannot explain the translation of the title, but I can tell you it's got music for dancing and listening, not just rolling around on the floor in a hallucinogen-inspired frenzy.

4-0 out of 5 stars shake dat booty
candido - funky meter organs meet the soundtrack to vampyros lesbos. a must for any get-together! ... Read more


140. Skin on Skin: The Mongo Santamaria Anthology 1958-1995
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It's not just that this Latin jazz pioneer makes his tumbadoro (conga drum) sing--it's the depth and breadth of his music that most impresses. After serving apprenticeships with mambo kings Perez Prado and Tito Puente and Latin jazz bandleader Cal Tjader, Mongo went solo in 1951. "Afro Blue," his first significant composition, was covered by John Coltrane. He made a Top 40 hit out of Herbie Hancock's "Watermelon Man" and was at the forefront of the Latin boogaloo craze with his cover of James Brown's "Cold Sweat." Yet the bulk of his work remains anchored in his native Cuban folk forms. His bands have always included a fertile, bluesy blend of salseros and jazz players. Though licensing hassles prevented the inclusion of any of his work from 1972 to 1987, his most important sides are here. --John Morthland ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The best of mongo.
We can talk about latin jazz, or afro cuban music, percussion, or just latin music, and in the conversation, we have to mention Mongo Santamaría.
This is one of the finest musicians of latin jazz. his influence is everywere. This cd is a compilation of all the stages in his career. You have to have it. There's nothing more to say. ... Read more


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