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Conrad Herwig: The Latin Side Of Joe Henderson

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So what makes The Latin Side Of Joe Henderson different from trombonist Conrad Herwig's previous Latin Side albums? Well, for starters, Herwig played with Henderson for several years, an experience which gave him great insight into the music and the man who made it. Then there's the material itself. Henderson's music, more so than that of previous Latin Side honorees like Herbie Hancock or John Coltrane, is tailor-made for this type of project, as some of the songs already lean toward the Latin side. This album, recorded live at New York's Blue Note in July of 2012, ...

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Conrad Herwig: There's Nothing Else

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Talking about some of his great influences in jazz, Conrad Herwig points out that it's important to look beyond their achievements on their instruments. “Sometimes during a musician's lifetime, people put so much emphasis on their virtuosity as a player that they don't really think about the vehicle of their expression--their compositions." Herwig was speaking of saxophonists John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter and Joe Henderson, but the same could be said about Herwig himself. He's one of the foremost jazz trombonists of his generation, but he's also made his mark as a prolific composer and arranger, as well as a bandleader ...

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Conrad Herwig: New York City, NY, July 25, 2012

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Conrad Herwig QuintetThe Blue NoteNew York, NYJuly 25, 2012During the last week of July, 2012, at New York City's Blue Note club, trombonist Conrad Herwig performed with his quintet, also featuring trumpeter Alex Sipiagin, baritone saxophonist Ronnie Cuber, pianist Bill O'Connell, bassist Ruben Rodriguez, drummer Robby Ameen and conguero/percussionist Richie Flores. Herwig paid tribute to the sophisticated tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson, who passed in 2001.Henderson was one of Herwig's heroes, mentors and close friends. Herwig's Blue Note shows were advertised as “The Latin Side of Joe Henderson." With Flores onboard, it was difficult ...

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Conrad Herwig: The Latin Side of Herbie Hancock

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Trombonist and bandleader Conrad Herwig has quite colorfully and majestically explored the Latin side of some of modern music's most enduring composers and performers, and herewith adds his survey of Herbie Hancock's compositional catalog to previous Latin sets that honored Miles Davis and Wayne Shorter. “It's a little daunting in the sense that these tunes are so iconic," Herwig admits. “I grew up idolizing Herbie's music. His tunes became the new standards for a whole generation of post-Coltrane players." To navigate this territory, recorded in performance at the Blue Note in NYC, Herwig turned to two old friends: ...

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Conrad Herwig's Latin Side All Star Band: Intensity On A Cold City Night

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Conrad Herwig's Latin Side All Star BandThe Blue NoteNew York, New YorkJanuary 11, 2010“Que Viva Miles, 'Trane, Herbie & Wayne."For more than a decade, trombonist Conrad Herwig has created a highly identifiable niche in contemporary jazz with his series of Latin Side CDs, which began with the startling The Latin Side of John Coltrane (Astor Place, 1996). That Grammy-nominated recording revealed how naturally Coltrane compositions could be adapted to smartly appropriate Afro-Caribbean arrangements. It was no surprise that the concept applied just as smoothly to the music of Miles Davis and Wayne Shorter. ...

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Conrad Herwig: A Jones for Bones Tones

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Easily one of the most technically brilliant jazz trombonists in the history of the music, Conrad Herwig continues to establish a superb catalog of releases that document him in a variety of settings and musical genres. From quartet dates to his Latin projects, the key ingredients to any of Herwig's endeavors are a desire to keep the music moving forward and his skills as a brilliant arranger and gifted composer. Such marks his latest Criss Cross Jazz side, A Jones for Bones Tones, his second two-trombone set shared with Steve Davis and a unique forum for original pieces that pay ...

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Conrad Herwig: The Latin Side of Wayne Shorter

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Luis Perdomo is the regular pianist in Conrad Herwig's septet. He delivers a sterling, elegant solo on “Ping Pong," the opening cut on The Latin Side of Wayne Shorter, recorded live at the Blue Note in New York. He anchors the first five songs with such skill that at the end of “This Is for Albert," Herwig singles him out for the audience's applause. Unfortunately, it's to say goodbye. When salsa legend Eddie Palmieri takes over on piano, the concert is sent into orbit. Perdomo never stood a chance. “Adam's Apple" may not be Shorter's greatest composition, ...

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Conrad Herwig: Sketches of Spain Y Mas

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Conrad Herwig's nonet explores the Latin side of jazz, and his band mines the fun (party) side as well. The Afro-Cuban/Afro-Caribbean component that makes up the art we call jazz has always been the party side.

Following up on the trombonist's recordings Another Kind Of Blue: The Latin Side of Miles Davis (2005), The Latin Side Of John Coltrane (1996) and Que Viva Coltrane (2004) is this live session recorded at the Blue Note jazz club in New York 2003. The centerpiece is the nearly 25-minute title track, the infamous collaboration between Miles Davis and Gil Evans. The ...

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Take the Col'Train with Conrad Herwig, Brian Lynch, Danilo Perez and Ravi Coltrane

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Take the Col'Train Conrad Herwig, Brian Lynch, Danilo Perez and Ravi Coltrane Mellon Jazz at the Kimmel Center May 14, 2005 The virtues of melding different musical forms vs. adhering to the rigorous jazz tradition were thoughts that weighed heavily on my mind as I attended a very well produced evening of “Latin jazz based on John Coltrane's compositions and featuring Trane's son, Ravi--an outstanding musician in his own right, one who is seeking his own voice but who is quite interested in his father's monumental contribution to jazz and music in ...

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Conrad Herwig/Brian Lynch: Que Viva Coltrane

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In recent years, trumpeter Brian Lynch and trombonist Conrad Herwig were part of one of Eddie Palmieri's better late period ensembles, proving to be an incendiary addition to a high-octane ensemble dedicated to the fiery hybrid most folks refer to as salsa. It's perfectly logical then for the pair to team up for a recent project fashioning Latin jazz treatments of several John Coltrane classics. Wisely, they have chosen to bring on board a crew of musicians steeped in the tradition, with pianist Edsel Gomez and drummer Robby Ameen being particularly integral to the overall success of the music.

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Conrad Herwig/Brian Lynch: Que Viva Coltrane

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The world will never pay enough homage to the music of John Coltrane. Having his music translated into the Latin idiom isn't a huge stretch, considering that many of his tunes had strong Afro-Cuban roots. Placing Trane en clave was a challenge that trombonist Conrad Herwig and trumpeter Brian Lynch happily accepted when they conceived Que Viva Coltrane , a humble offering to the immortal saxophonist in which they successfully translated some of Trane's most famous tunes into the Latin idiom. “Lonnie's Lament" showcases the chops of flautist Mario Rivera, Herwig and Lynch, all of whom ...

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Conrad Herwig Group at the 2004 Downbeat/UMKC Conservatory Jazz Festival

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Conrad Herwig is going Latin again.

And no one's complaining.

Herwig, the 43 year old trombone extraordinaire and winner of the 2002 Downbeat Critics' Poll for Jazz Trombonist of the Year, has always had an affinity for Latin jazz. He's a veteran of the bands of Mario Bauz, Paquito D'Rivera and Eddie Palmieri, and his 1998 release, The Latin Side of John Coltrane was nominated for a Grammy. Herwig's latest project, Another Kind of Blue: The Latin Side of Miles Davis, features Brian Lynch on trumpet, Mario Rivera on baritone saxophone, Pedro Martinez on hand percussion, Robbie Ameen on drums, ...

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Conrad Herwig: Hieroglyphica/Shades of Light

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It is without taking away anything from the founding fathers of this music to suggest that some of today's practitioners might be the most technically gifted lot to come along. Of course, they now have the entire rich history of jazz at their fingertips and slews of recordings for inspiration, yet there's no denying the talent at hand. Such is the case with 43-year-old trombonist Conrad Herwig. Hardly a Johnny Come Lately, Herwig has been on the scene for some 20 years playing in the bands of such legends as Buddy Rich and Eddie Palmieri, but has to be considered ...

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Conrad Herwig: Osteology

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The trombone in jazz has often taken a backseat to the more extroverted and visceral sounds of the saxophone and trumpet, occupying the position of an ignored stepchild, so to speak. The few trombonists that have attained historical status are almost exclusively from the bop era of jazz, leaving out a healthy number of swing and mainstream players. Currently, Conrad Herwig and Steve Davis are doing their part to continue the development of the trombone heritage, with Osteology also tipping a hat to the unforgettable duo of J.J. Johnson and Kai Winding. And like the K. and J.J. prototype, Davis ...



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