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Snowboy, who has recorded nine albums with his band The Latin Section, combines an acid jazz texture with traditional Afro-Cuban chants and rhythms. Using a basic call & response format atop lively rhythms, the leader colors his performance with Fender Rhodes and Hammond Organ timbres. The result is a hot dance affair that’s anchored by Snowboy’s congas and remains within the tradition.
Which tradition? Snowboy fuses several. Centuries-old chants and rhythms provide a link to the music’s earliest roots. The conguero works alongside timbales, bongos, added percussion and thundering bass to create mesmerizing rhythms that get you dancing in your seat. Snowboy’s horn trio offers beautiful melodies and creative improvisation from the mainstream of jazz, while Neil Angilley’s two distinctive keyboard instruments open a window to one specific period in jazz’s history. Weaving a common thread through each of these different traditions is the mambo dance that dares you to keep still.
The leader’s crisp conga drumming serves both as a forceful driver for the ensemble and as a solid foundation for creative experimentation. Hot solos come from all directions, particularly from trumpeter Sid Gauld and tenor saxophonist Gary Plumley. Recommended, Afro-Cuban Jazz represents an exciting session intended both for experienced dancers and interested listeners.
Track Listing: Oya Ye Ye; Aguacero; Interlude; El Campeon del Mambo; Blues para T; Straight from the Gate; Ofrenda; Descarga Angixi.
Personnel: Snowboy- congas; Davide Giovannini- drums, timbales, vocals; Nico Gomez- bass; Dave Pattman- bongos, cowbell, cajon, iya, quinto; Neil Angilley- Fender Rhodes, Hammond Organ; Sid Gauld- trumpet; Gary Plumley- tenor saxophone; Paul Taylor- trombone.
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com