Bobby Matos: Made by Hand (2004)
The addition of a vocal coro to the very capable Latin jazz ensemble featuring saxophonist/flutists Michael James Turre and Frank Fontane, trombonist Jacques Voyemant, pianist Victor Cegarra, bassist Eliseo Borrero, conguero Robertito Melendez, and percussionist Jud Matos creates a more tipico mood on the remaining tracks, which include classics such as the danzon "Barbara Milagrosa" by Cachao's brother Orestes Lopez Rodriguez; "Lluvia Con Nieve," a guaracha by the great Puerto Rican bandleader Mon Rivera; and "Llegue," another mambo from the Puente repertoire, composed by Francisco Pastor. "Two son montunos," Turre's arrangement of the traditional "El Montuno De Almeja," and Matos' own original "Oye Mi Querida" nicely fill out this thoroughly enjoyable date, which is just as good for listening as it for dancing.
Track Listing: 1. Afro Blue 2. Babara Milagrosa 3. Descarga Cubana 4. El Montuno De Almeja 5. Llegue 6. Philadelphia Mambo 7. Oye Mi Querida 8. Lluvia Con Nieve
Personnel: Bobby Matos: timbales, arrangements and vocals; Michael James Turre: flute, alto sax, baritone sax, arrangements; Frank Fontane: flute, tenor sax,soprano sax, guiro, bell; Jacques Voyemant: trombone; Victor Cegarra: piano; Eliseo Borrero: bass and vocals; Robertito Melendez: conga drums; Jud Matos: shekere, guiro, claves, bell; Ismael "Eat" Carlo, Denise "China Eyes" Cook, Rogelio Mitchell: coro (background vocals); Ismael "Eat" Carlo: lead voice on "Poem for Cachao."
Record Label: Life Force Jazz