Amazon.com Widgets

Jose Duque's Zumbatres: Far Away (2007)

By Published: | 2,723 views
Jose Duque's Zumbatres: Far Away How we rate: our writers tend to review music they like within their preferred genres.

Venezuelan-born, Portsmouth, New Hampshire-based drummer/percussionist Jose Duque leads Zumbatres, a band that doesn't read like a Latin jazz band (and certainly not one from south of the border), for his second album, Far Away , but indeed they sound like one. There is some talk in the liners about the blending of borders insofar as crossing boundaries (e.g. Venezuelan Latin music) and other brands of the genre from Central and South America, but frankly I don't hear it. Latin jazz is still Latin jazz whether it comes from New England or Dutch Guinea.

With personnel like pianist/keyboardist Dan Sure; bassist Nate Therrien and guitarist Phil Sargent, perhaps the only ringer is guest percussionist Annegret Baier, who may be the only Latino in the band.

The band kicks off with the heavily salsa-ized "Danilo," leaving no doubts as to its authenticity, and closes the set with a live version of the same tune. "Danilo" is a showcase for Duque's considerable percussion skills. On "At Last" Sure is locked into the intricate Latin dance pattern set by the drummer. The second half of the album features Sargent, who is not a Latin-influenced guitarist, but makes the fit anyway and plays some fine flowing melody lines and solos on tunes like "El Gato Enmo-Chill Out." The title tune is a good example of mellower Latin music—likely a respite for dancers, with more Corazon than frantic pulses.

What makes the album work is a fine synergy between the players with interaction and empathy. The album concludes with three live bonus tracks recorded at The Press Room in Portsmouth, New Hampshire in during the winter of 2006.

Track Listing: Danilo; Far Away; At Last; Rumbatres; One Year Later; El Gatol Enmo-Chill Out; Gathering in Blue; Far Away; Danilo.

Personnel: Jose R. Duque: drums, cajon, handclapping; Dan Sure: piano, keyboards; Nate Therrien: bass; Phil Sargent: guitar; Annegret Baier: congas, cajon, handclapping.

Record Label: Self Produced

Style: Latin/World


comments powered by Disqus
Support All About Jazz Through Amazon

Weekly Giveaways

Mort Weiss

Mort Weiss

About | Enter

Rotem Sivan

Rotem Sivan

About | Enter

Michael Carvin

Michael Carvin

About | Enter

Steve Wilson/Lewis Nash

Steve Wilson/Lewis Nash

About | Enter

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW

Enter it twice.
To the weekly jazz events calendar

Enter the numbers in the graphic
Enter the code in this picture

Log in

One moment, you will be redirected shortly.

A musician was found with a matching name

Name:

Birthday:

Instrument:

Is this you?