Bobby Matos Latin Jazz EnsembleSaville Theater, San Diego City CollegeSan Diego, CAJune 29, 2010
Tuesday's concert was another excellent installment in the Jazz Live" series, promoted and co-sponsored by San Diego City College and one of the few true jazz radio station's left in our country, KSDS Jazz 88. Once a month during the regular school year, (and twice a month in the summer), concerts are held in the acoustically pristine Saville Theater. Visiting artists and concert goers alike are often heard marveling about the pure sound of the room.
The Bobby Matos Latin Jazz Ensemble made ...read more
By Bobby Matos Well-informed historians and critics have stated that they believe jazz is America's only art form or its most important art form. Obviously, to music scholars and experts, most pop music derives from jazz, including R&B, rock, hiphop and other subgenres. One of jazz music's most important styles, however, is often ignored or not acknowledged to be a part of jazz. Latin jazz, originally called AfroCuban jazz, is often perceived as being a foreign entity and is often denigrated. In Ken Burns' documentary Jazz, it is only briefly mentioned. The truth demands a ...read more
A veteran percussionist and pioneer of the Latin jazz genre since the early sixties, Bobby Matos has created an excellent fusion of Latin and Afro-jazz music on Acknowledgement. Matos records ten original hot and heavy, hip-moving compositions with his Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble and pays tribute to the legendary John Coltrane with Afro-Latin arrangements of three Coltrane standards. They include the four-note classic A Love Supreme - Acknowledgement, supported by some masterful playing from bassist John B. Williams, and Tunji and Equinox, featuring fine tenor work by Frank Fontaine, Jr. and several solos by Danny Weinstein on viola and trombone.read more
It's too bad that the audience actually watching the show at Queens' Jamaica Jams Festival on August 6th wasn't as large as expected--most people there seemed to be more interested in shopping and eating than enjoying the music. Their loss, for those who did stop to listen to the short set presented by Bobby Matos and the Latin Jazz All-Stars had an opportunity to see a legend at work.The set, despite its shortness (the previous act overextended its time) mixed more sophisticated musical moments with a very danceable, salsa-inflected beat that made some people move despite the intense ...read more
Transplanted New York timbalero Bobby Matos brings his hot New York style salsa to his adopted home state of California on Made By Hand , a live '03 Pasadena concert recording by his Afro Latin Jazz All Stars, a group of fine players who are relatively unknown to listeners here in New York. Matos, who is strongly influenced as an ensemble leader by Mongo Santamaria and Tito Puente, pays homage to both of the somewhat recently departed masters with arrangements of their respective compositions Afro Blue" and Philadelphia Mambo" (the latter arrangement a collaboration with Fania All Star pianist Larry ...read more
By allowing their bands to jam together for this project, Bobby Matos and John Santos have created a loose-knit, easy to like affair. Both percussionist bandleaders emphasize Afro-Latin jazz in their respective ensembles. Beside a colorful lineup of tuned drums and cowbells of different sizes, their combined orchestra has room for traditional Afro-Cuban vocals and fiery horn solos. Two dramatic readings make an emotional impression. One appears as a reverent homage to bassist Israel Cachao" Lopez, 82, who is widely regarded as the creator of mambo music. The other forges ahead in a contemporary mood with thoughts on how this ...read more
This compilation album is drawn from nine sessions recorded over a 14-year period by Bobby Matos and his Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble. The emphasis here is on the Jazz" side of Latin Jazz." Matos, a percussionist and vocalist, leads the various groups through a wildly eclectic assortment of originals, traditional Latin tunes, pop songs, and modern jazz.
How's this for diversity: an English / Spanish rendition of The Rascal's '60s hit Groovin," three different takes on Herbie Hancock's funk-jazz classic Chameleon," and a stripped-down version (just rhythm section and voices) of Pharaoh Sanders' free-jazz epic The Creator Has a Master Plan." ...read more