Portrait In Rhythm
When it comes
to the new contemporary Latin Jazz sound, there's no doubt that
"Chembo" Corniel ranks as one of the premier percussionists
in New York City. True to this testament is his latest recording
titled "Chembo: Portrait In Rhythms." Featured players
include trumpeter Ray Vega, saxophonist Mario Rivera and a crew
of excellent young musicians that make up his quintet "Grupo
Chaworo." From contemporary straight-ahead Latin Jazz to
Afro-Cuban batà inspired music, Chembo's musical presence
is felt from every corner of this recording demonstrating outstanding
precision, grace and power on congas and various percussion instruments.
This CD is a true Latin Jazz gem.
Stretching the traditional
musical context of Latin Jazz, guitarist Johannes Linstead presents
his new CD titled "Mediterranea." this recording has
a very relaxing aura delivered though exquisite arrangements.
From gentle to rapid acoustic guitar lines, combined with different
Latin rhythms from the Caribbean, South America and Spain, Linstead
demonstrates ample technique and passion on the guitar, including
some balanced improvisation and violin throughout.
My Music, My Friends, My Time
From the opening track,
"el yunque", it is apparent that bassist Oskar Cartaya
has an affinity toward the funky side of Latin Jazz. On his CD
titled "my music, my friends, my time", Cartaya takes
Latin Jazz to the outer limit. It is obvious that this young
musician has acquired many musical influences, including rhythms
from his native Puerto Rican roots, Afro-Cuban, Nuyorican sound
and West coast funk. A very entertaining Latin Jazz program throughout,
it also contains excellent saxophone and flute work by the powerhouse
musician Justo Almario.
The Trio Mundo
that include drummer Manolo Badrena, guitarist Dave Stryker,
bassist Andy McKee, with Steve Slagle of saxophones and flute
present an excellent compilation of original Latin Jazz music
tilted " Trio Mundo Rides Again." As with their first
CD "Carnaval", Trio Mundo continues to build on their
unique combination of contemporary semi-acoustic sound with Brazil,
the Caribbean to North American Jazz influence.
Gringo Do Choro
It may be safe to
say that trombonist Rick Trolsen is a stranger to Latin Jazz.
Regardless, by mention in his liner notes, it appears that Mr.
Trolsen took a leap of faith in venturing toward Latin Jazz in
Brazil. Thus, the proof is in the putting: his CD titled "Gringo
Do Choro" shows that he is an extremely intuitive musician.
His agile Jazz shops on the trombone prove to be a natural fit.
His deep and melodious tone adds a common vitality to the Brazilian
sound accentuated by rhythms such as Choro, Bossa Nova and Samba.
He is complimented by an excellent cast of Brazilian musicians
making this recording a truely authentic Brazilian Jazz experience.
A highly recommended CD. Very nice work!
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