Chris Washburne and the SYOTOS Band: The Other Side (El Otro Lado)
Washburne's title track contains deep modern jazz harmonic twists. The combination of his formal studies and urban experience afford Washburne the tools to express in a comfortable language. His 7-piece band smokes with authority. Washburne, Walsh and Mathisen comprise an exciting front line, dedicated to lyricism and tonal beauty. Pianist Olsen, along with Swartz, Cherico and Corniel, provide tasteful accompaniment and powerful bursts of passion. Their cohesion comes after five years of weekly workouts at New York's Lower East Side Nuyorican Poet's Café. A working band such as this promotes growth. Washburne's second album speaks well for a hard-working band and its inspired leader.
Track Listing: Titorama; Mamborama; Deep Song; Methane Mambo; The Other Side; New Beginning; Now What?; Caonao; Hong Kong Mambo.
Personnel: Chris Washburne- tenor trombone, bass trombone, tuba, percussion; John Walsh- trumpet; Ole Mathisen- tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone; Barry Olsen- piano, marimba; Harvie Swartz- bass; Vince Cherico- drums; Wilson "Chembo" Corniel- congas, bata; Guests: Ray Vega- trumpet, flugelhorn; Bobby Sanabria- timbales, bata, bongos, hand percussion; Maiken Derno- Korean gong; Renato Thoms- bongos, hand percussion on "Methane Mambo;" Max Pollak- tap dancer on "Now What?"
Record Label: Jazzheads