Produced by bassist, percussionist Andy Gonzalez of the renowned “Fort Apache Band”, “Rumba Club” fuses Latin and Afro-Caribbean rhythms with a straight up, front line horn section amid heterogeneous rhythmic structures on Espiritista ! The proceedings commence with a spunky version of Wayne Shorter’s “Children of the Night” featuring crystalline phrasing by alto saxophonist Paul Hannah along with balanced yet at times turbulent rhythms and a harmonious, cordial horn arrangement. Trumpeter, Alexander Pope Norris displays a crafty pen on his composition titled, “Delta”. Here, “Rumba Club” churn out wide-open horn charts boasting a – bold and brawny sound without sacrificing the endearing melody line. This piece moves along like a locomotive building up steam offset by some clever and appropriate embellishments by pianist Tim Murphy. The band render an animated and quite assertive version of Cedar Walton’s beloved, “Mosaic” while delving into the sublime on Wayne Shorter’s classic “Infant Eyes”.. The horn section trade some penetrating fours on the final piece, Duke Ellington’s, “Things Ain’t What They Used to Be” which serves as an appropriate finale to this attractive outing. * * *
Rumba Club: Sam “Seguito” Turner; Percussion: Josh Schwartzman; Bass: Alexander Pope Norris; Trumpet, Flugelhorn: Tim Murphy; Piano: Rudy “Ramon’ Morales; Percussion: Paul Hannah; Alto Saxophone: Jim Hannah; Percussion: Andy Gonzalez; Bass: Orlando Cotto; Percussion: Craig Considine; Trombone
I was first exposed to jazz while working overseas in Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer. I would listen to the Voice of America on the radio and they had a nightly jazz program on at 10:00pm. I learned a lot about jazz listening to this program. I also had a friend who listened to real jazz by artists like Charles Mingus, Eric Dolphy and Archie Shepp. On my way home from Africa I landed in New York and had the opportunity to see the George Adams/Don Pullen quartet at the Village Vanguard as well as Kenny Barron and Ron Carter at another club, and was in heaven.