Romero: Cuban Jazz Funk
Besides being a notably talented keyboard player, comfortable with everything from trad Latin piano to shimmering fusiony Rhodes, Romero is also a fine composer. Track #2 is a simply beautiful tune with a subdued Latin undercurrent, a little reminiscent of War in their more relaxed moments. Papa Michael’s vintage guitar tones bring #5 right back to the 70s, while #3 is a bullet-fast, fragmented soul romp with Romero’s chameleonic piano, Jackson’s fluttering flute, and dispersed samples of rollercoaster sounds. Jackson is an especially vital part of the whole proceedings, particularly his non-cloying soprano sax tone. The percussionists are also to be commended for their technical facility and creative rhythmic support.
Cuban Jazz Funkis a very entertaining disc that deserves much public attention. Bravo to Miguel Romero for such a choice issue. I expect that he will become a force to be reckoned with, as Latin jazz continues to evolve over the next decade.
Track Listing: Descarga Palmieri; Sunrise; Zorro
Personnel: Miguel Romero, keyboards and percussion; Larry Jackson, saxophone and flute; Count Mbutu, congas and percussion; Kurt Mitchell, bass; Tad Gulley, drums; Hassan Ortiz, bongos and batas; Anthony Papa Michael, guitar on track #5 only.
Record Label: Alafia Music