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Grupo Los Santos: Lo Que Somos Lo Que Sea

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A spirited group of Latin jazz players called Grupos Los Santos offers its brand of music on Lo Que Somos Lo Que Sea, which translates to What We Are What Will Be . The title of the group could also be loosely translated to mean that they are not playing a singular type of music but bring in many elements, tempo and cultural diversities.

When “Rumba in the Bronx" begins, it is with a percussive rumba beat and guitarist Pete Smith's Brazilian chording, a charming tune with a hypnotic pulse. Tenor saxophonist Paul Carlon possesses a ...

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Grupo Los Santos: Lo Que Somos Lo Que Sea

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Grupo Los Santos is a New York-based group that successfully looks at Latin and Brazilian jazz from an American point of view. The result is a mixed sonic bag that allows influences from funk and East Coast jazz into the music without compromising the general sound and feel. At their CD release concert at New York's The Jazz Standard in January, 2008, they opened with “Boogie Down Broder," a tune by saxophonist Paul Carlon dedicated to the late salsa legend Juan Pablo Torres, who passed away in 2005. “Boogie is arguably the “hardest" track (both live and ...

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Breaking In: Grupo Los Santos at Jazz Standard, NYC

Grupo Los SantosJazz StandardNew York, New YorkJanuary 7, 2008

Jazz musicians are, in general these days, academics. Formal jazz education is more popular than ever. Some would argue that this training has “mainstreamed" the music as most jazzers are learning the same things in school. Perhaps such detractors need to focus more on the breadth and diversity that has been brought under the jazz umbrella in recent years. But that is an argument for another time. What the increase in jazz education has spawned, inarguably, is the inability of many artists (or, more pointedly, the ...

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Grupo Los Santos: Lo Que Somos Lo Que Sea

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Grupo Los Santos is a unique band. Its music is Latin through and through, and yet the musicians come from varying backgrounds. Guitarist Pete Smith has played with Norah Jones, Donald Byrd and Andrew Hill; bassist Dave Ambrosio has recorded with Uzbek and Kyrgyz folk musicians; saxophonist Paul Carlon leads his own band, playing everything from straight-ahead jazz to funk; and drummer William “Beaver" Bausch rounds out the core quartet, and is probably the most experienced in Latin musics. What they all share, however, is a certain raw energy that is front and center at the band's live shows and ...



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