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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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