Bobby Matos And The Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble: Acknowledgement (2005)
Matos opens up the session with one of his own up-tempo charts on "Manhattan Mozambique, which is followed by another upbeat piece dedicated to his musician son, "Song for Jud. Jud Matos, also a member of the band, plays the clave throughout but really shines on the guiro, bell and chekere on "Chango's Jazz. Not to be outdone, Bobby Matos comes through on congas and timbales in expressive style, marking this disc as an exciting percussion project.
While the majority of the tracks here are instrumentals, "Songoro and "Soy Lucumi are two charanga-based tunes with vocals provided by Ismael "East Carlo. Two of the best scores on the album have to be the brief but sweet little number "Motivos de Jazz, highlighting Weinstein's performance on violin, and the melodically engaging "Evelyn, with pronounced play by Matos (timbales), Fontaine, Jr. (flute) and Theo Saunders (piano).
This album contains an obvious Afro-Cuban accent that this Cuban-American reviewer can appreciate. Acknowledgement combines Latin jazz swing with a heavy Afro percussive backdrop, delivering a truly vibrant performance.
Track Listing: Manhattan Mozambique; Cuando Bail Ramon; Song For Jud; A Love Supreme-Acknowlegement; Motivos de Jazz; Songoro; Tunji; Chango's Jazz; Soy Lucumi; Evelyn; Equinox; Chango's Charanga; Drum Dance.
Personnel: Bobby Matos: leader, congas, guiro, timbales,coro; Frank Fontaine,Jr. : reeds; Danny Weinstein: trombone and violin; Theo Saunders: piano; Elisio Borrero, John B. Williams: bass; Robertito Melendez: bongos; Jud Matos: clave, guiro, bell, chekere; Andy Harlow: flute; Rogelio Mitchell: coro, Denise Cook, Ismael "East" Carlo: vocals; Elliot Caine: trumpet.
Record Label: LifeForcejazz