328

Ray Mantilla: Good Vibrations

By

Sign in to view read count
Ray Mantilla: Good Vibrations On the cover of Good Vibrations, Ray Mantilla is dressed in black, as if in mourning. It seems appropriate. Two of the nine songs are tributes to the late Tito Puente, and in the liner notes, he dedicates "baritone con Bata to "honor all our heroes of percussion who are here now and who have passed on. Good Vibrations takes a jab at the supernatural, not asking questions about life, death, the pursuit of happiness and what have you, but answering them, loudly, aggressively and with congas.

Backed by Enrique Fernandez (baritone saxophone and flute), Edy Martinez (piano), Mike Freeman (vibes), Cucho Martinez (bass), Bill Elder (drums) and special guest Steve Berrios (percussion), Mantilla sculpts a record that is simultaneously festive and solemn. It's a melodic paradox that's ubiquitous in jazz, but Mantilla has paved new ground here.

Despite its spiritual underpinnings, Good Vibrations comes across as a celebratory album that's elegiac in neither concept nor arrangement. Mantilla leads the congas to contour Martinez's dexterous dominion of the keys, creating a frothy blend of rhythmic complexity that comes across like a delicately synchronized seduction. "Maria Cervantes is what lovesickness should sound like, in all its tragic glory. There may be a time to mourn, but there's also a time to dance—and that's biblical. Good Vibrations tolerates no dissenting arguments.

Track Listing: Flying Home; Midnight Sun; Maria Cervantes; For Keeps; Ya No Me Quieres (Bolero For Tito); Blues For Queen D; Camino Al Cielo Too; Namesake; Bari Con Bata.

Personnel: Enrique Fernandez: baritone sax, flute; Edy Martinez: piano; Mike Freeman: vibes; Cucho Martinez: bass; Bill Elder: drums. Special Guest: Steve Berrios: percussion.

Title: Good Vibrations | Year Released: 2006 | Record Label: HighNote Records


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Crossing CD/LP/Track Review Crossing
by Geno Thackara
Published: June 25, 2017
Read Unit[e] CD/LP/Track Review Unit[e]
by Karl Ackermann
Published: June 25, 2017
Read Such A Sky CD/LP/Track Review Such A Sky
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: June 25, 2017
Read Buer: Book Of Angels Volume 31 CD/LP/Track Review Buer: Book Of Angels Volume 31
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: June 25, 2017
Read BACHanalia CD/LP/Track Review BACHanalia
by Jack Bowers
Published: June 24, 2017
Read Hallways CD/LP/Track Review Hallways
by Paul Rauch
Published: June 24, 2017
Read "Reliquia" CD/LP/Track Review Reliquia
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: June 30, 2016
Read "Music of Weather Report" CD/LP/Track Review Music of Weather Report
by John Ephland
Published: October 16, 2016
Read "Volume 1" CD/LP/Track Review Volume 1
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: November 19, 2016
Read "Josh At Midnight" CD/LP/Track Review Josh At Midnight
by James Nadal
Published: July 19, 2016
Read "An Eclipse Of Images" CD/LP/Track Review An Eclipse Of Images
by Mark Corroto
Published: September 1, 2016
Read "New Helsinki" CD/LP/Track Review New Helsinki
by Roger Farbey
Published: April 8, 2017

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.