Bill Summers/Irvin Mayfield: Los Hombres Calientes: Volume 4: Vodou Dance (2003)
In his inner sleeve notes, Summers writes, “This CD was done in love and respect for our ancestors who left this rich spiritual, artistic, and scientific legacy.” Los Hombres recognize this legacy by linking the major pieces of this set together with twelve tracks, credited as “traditional,” which are mostly vocal chant and percussion interludes from impromptu jam sessions with native folk musicians. Through these field recordings from Haiti, Brazil, Jamaica, and Trinidad, Volume 4: Vodou Dance ties the musical and cultural traditions of the Caribbean together with the Afro- Cuban and New Orleans jazz traditions.
Mileposts in Los Hombres’ journey include George Duke’s creamily pastel “Brazilian Sugar,” the languidly blue “Creole Groove,” the New Orleans classics “Jocimo” and rowdy “Wild Tchoupitoulas,” the reggae “Ghetto Get Up” and bristling “Latin Tinge.” “I Wouldn’t Have Religion,” testifying gospel howled and moaned in Greater Providence Baptist Church in New Orleans, helps bring it all back home.
Mayfield and Summers lead a expanding, contracting group which features pianist Victor Atkins, Edwin Livingston on bass, and Ricky Sebastian on drums; George Porter, Jr., of the Meters, Cyrille Neville, Santa Cruz of the Buena Vista Social Club, Big Chief Bo Dollis of the Wild Magnolias, and the Pamberi Steel Orchestra (recorded live in the rainforest of Port of Spain, Trinidad), are featured guests.
Track Listing: Vodou Hoodoo Babalu; Obini Baila Oshun; Latin Tinge; Aguere Oshossi, pt 1; Brazilian Sugar; Wepa; Haitian Bamboo; Creole Groove; Timba Clave Con Bata; Ye Ye O, Ye Ye A; Trinidad Nocturne; Pa Sango; Old Time Indians; Wild Tchoupitoulas; Haitian Cornets; Vodou Love Call; Negro, Pancho Quinto Y Bill; Yo Soy El Malo Te; Aguere Oshossi, pt 2; Mulher Bahiana; Ghetto Get Up; Oshun Bewele Mio; I'll Fly Away; Jocimo; Onile; I Wouldn't Have Religion; Yayti Kongo, Petwo et Nago
Personnel: Irvin Mayfield (trumpet, vocals, organ); Bill Summers (percussion, vocals, drums); Victor Atkins (piano); Edwin Livingston (bass); Ricky Sebastian (drums); with George Porter, Jr., Cyrille Neville, Santa Cruz, Big Chief Bo Dollis, Pamberi Steel Orchestra.
Record Label: Basin Street Records