403

Septeto Rodriguez: Baila! Gitano Baila!

Dan McClenaghan By

Sign in to view read count
Septeto Rodriguez: Baila! Gitano Baila!
It's a stroke of genius, this incorporation of Cuban and Jewish music. Drummer Roberto Juan Rodriguez left Cuba at age nine and settled with his family in Miami, where he encountered exiles of diaspora, Jewish survivors dancing into their senior years to the sounds of the cha cha and mambo. A move to New York to work professionally led to further explorations of Jewish themes, playing in Marc Ribot's Los Cubano Postizos band, and eventually to the opportunity—enter John Zorn of Tzadik—to record a CD of Jewish music.

Baila! Gitano Baila! (Dance! Gypsy Dance!) introduces an exuberant Cuban/Jewish/Gypsy hybrid, a sound that combines a fervid, swirling klezmer sound with the gentle and insistent percolations of Latin percussion.

The septet incorporates the high flight of two violins tempered with the richer tone of the cello, along with reeds and trombone—the latter adding a needed gravitas to the ensemble sound—along with, organ and accordion, trumpet, bass in front of the percussion. The ensemble mix is an uplifting experience, full of joy. The set is just Rodriguez's second recorded foray into composing and arranging, and he proves himself a gifted craftsman in both fields, incorporating short solo slots to showcase the individual players throughout the uniquely exhilarating instrumental interplay.

An inspired and inspiring set of sounds.

Dance! Jazz fan dance!

Visit Roberto Juan Rodriguez on the web at www.robertojuanrodriguez.com .

Track Listing

Wolfie's Corner, Paseo Del Prado, Hadida, Baila! Gitano Baila!, Piruli, Para Peru, Marranos Y Coverseros, Dice El Sabio Solomon, Soshua La Bella, Turkish-Bulgarish

Personnel

Curtis Hasselbring—trombone; Matt Darriau—clarinet, flute; Ted Reichman—acordion, b-3 Hammond-Leslie; Meg Okura—violin; Sam Bardfeld—violin; Mary Wooten—cello; Brad Jones—bass; Roberto Juan Rodriguez—percussion; Special Guest: Roberto Luis Rodriguez—trumpet, bombardino, valve trombone

Album information

Title: Baila! Gitano Baila! | Year Released: 2004 | Record Label: Tzadik

Post a comment about this album

Tags

Shop Amazon

More

Untucked In Hannover
Tom Rainey Obbligato
Aliens & Wizards
The Spike Wilner Trio
Manhattan Samba
Hendrik Meurkens
Almost Alone Vol 1
Samo Salamon & Friends
Celebration
Irene Schweizer / Hamid Drake
Live at FarOut, Atsugi 1987
Derek Bailey / Mototeru Takagi
Live at No Black Tie
Jeremy Monteiro
Between Us
Emil Viklický & Pavel Hrubý

Popular

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded albums and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, limited reopenings and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary step that will help musicians and venues now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the sticky footer ad). Thank you!

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.