Danilo Perez: Motherland
Acoustic jazz purists might find the record a bit overproduced and overblown. But Perez gave us a healthy dose of straight-ahead playing on Roy Haynes' recent trio record (also on Verve). Here, as on his previous solo records, he's going for something quite different. What he's come up with is not without its flaws, but it's his boldest attempt yet to bridge his jazz and Latin worlds. In time it may be thought of as one of the boldest, most genuine Latin jazz albums ever.
Track Listing: 1. Intro, 2. Suite For The Americas, Part 1, 3. Elegant Dance, 4. Pan Africa, 5. Baile, 6. Song To The Land, 7. Suite For The Americas, Part 2, 8. Prayer, 9. Overture, 10. Rio To Panama, 11. Panama Libre, 12. Panama 2000, 13. And Then...
Personnel: D. Perez - Piano, Regina Carter - violin, Chris Potter - sax, , Diego Urcola - trumpet, Kurt Rosenwinkel - electric guitar, Carlos Henriquez - acoustic bass (2,6,7) John Patitucci - acoustic bass, Brian Blade - drums, Antonio Sanchez - drums, Richard Bona - lead vocal and electric bass, Luciana Souza - vocals, Claudia Acuna - vocals, Greg Askew - bata itotele and response chant, Aquiles Baez - cuatro, acoustic guitar, Louis Bauzo - bata iya and lead chant, Richard Byrd - bata konkolo and response chant, Luisito Quintero - congas, Ricaurte Villarreal - tambor repicador.
Record Label: Verve Music Group