Snowboy and the Latin Section: Afro Cuban Jazz
Which tradition? Snowboy fuses several. Centuries-old chants and rhythms provide a link to the music’s earliest roots. The conguero works alongside timbales, bongos, added percussion and thundering bass to create mesmerizing rhythms that get you dancing in your seat. Snowboy’s horn trio offers beautiful melodies and creative improvisation from the mainstream of jazz, while Neil Angilley’s two distinctive keyboard instruments open a window to one specific period in jazz’s history. Weaving a common thread through each of these different traditions is the mambo dance that dares you to keep still.
The leader’s crisp conga drumming serves both as a forceful driver for the ensemble and as a solid foundation for creative experimentation. Hot solos come from all directions, particularly from trumpeter Sid Gauld and tenor saxophonist Gary Plumley. Recommended, Afro-Cuban Jazz represents an exciting session intended both for experienced dancers and interested listeners.
Track Listing: Oya Ye Ye; Aguacero; Interlude; El Campeon del Mambo; Blues para T; Straight from the Gate; Ofrenda; Descarga Angixi.
Personnel: Snowboy- congas; Davide Giovannini- drums, timbales, vocals; Nico Gomez- bass; Dave Pattman- bongos, cowbell, cajon, iya, quinto; Neil Angilley- Fender Rhodes, Hammond Organ; Sid Gauld- trumpet; Gary Plumley- tenor saxophone; Paul Taylor- trombone.
Record Label: Cubop