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Mark Weinstein: Algo Mas

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Mark Weinstein: Algo Mas This unique recording has an uplifting spirit that blends traditonal Afro-Cuban clave rhythms and vocals with elements of jazz, rock, contemporary dance, and world music. Not to sound overly descriptive, but this music is thick with Old and New World persona; to those familiar with New York-based flautist Mark Weinstein, this should come as no surprise. His impressive resume is dotted with names like Thad Jones, Eddie Palmieri, and Tito Puente, as well as many recent recordings and the landmark 1967 Cuban Roots. After these many years Weinstein is still tapping into the flow of creativity, as vibrantly as ever on Algo Más (Something More).

The music's richness and diversity is elevated by Weinsten and the perfect ensemble of musicians. The leader's voice is fertile with jazz roots as he commands and delivers smooth notes using a variety of harmonics from his set of soprano, alto, and bass flutes. Given life by the pulse of a dynamic multi-rhythm section including bassist Santi Debriano and three percussionists (Gene Golden, Nani Santiago, and "Bringuito Burney), the music beckons the listener to get up and dance.

The flute and percussion alone could carry the recording but two additional factors that increase the depth are vocalist/master percussionist Pedro "Pedrito Martinez and guitarist Jean-Paul Bourelly. Martinez (who won First Place in the Thelonious Monk Institute's Afro/Latin Jazz Hand Drum competition) also colors the music with authentic and soulful vocals. Noted guitarist Bourelly brings a variety textures from Hendrixian rock electricity to native riffs and jazz improvisations on various selections.

And this is not your typical Latin or Cuban jazz recording, as it borrows heavily from traditional street and spiritual influences, beginning with "Ellegua Abierto (Open Ellegua), which is layered with mellow guitar, voice chants, percussion, and flute solos. The music exudes a feeling of joy and optimism on "Aguas de Ochún (Ochún's Waters) with a tempo ported by soothing flute, percussion, and engaging vocals.

There is so much to enjoy on this recording. Noteworthy pieces include the spellbinding dance of "Vientos de Oyá (Winds of Oyá), the percussion/guitar outpouring of "Jete Dlo (First Water), the calming "Salud Asojano (Health Asojano), and the closing title song, which highlights free solos from Weinstein and Bourelly, making Algo Más one of this year's most memorable releases.


Track Listing: Ellegua Abierto (Open Ellegua); Mis Consuelos (My Consolations); Aguas de Ochn(Ochn's Waters); Mamita Baila (Mamita Dances); Vientos de Oy (Winds of Oy); Jete Dlo (First Water); Caminando con Agay (Walking with Agay); Fantas?-a Malanga (Malanga Fantasy); 9.Salud Asojano (Health Asojano); Algo Ms (Something More).

Personnel: Mark Weinstein: flutes; Pedro (Pedrito) Martinez: vocals/percussion; Santi Debriano: bass; Nani Santiago, Skip (Bringuito) Burney, Gene Golden: percussion; Jean-Paul Bourelly: electric guitar.

Year Released: 2005 | Record Label: Jazzheads | Style: Latin/World


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