Take a group of A-List Miami-based musiciansmany of whom are alumni of the big bands of Woody Herman,Maynard Ferguson, and Stan Kenton)combine them with guitarists and percussionists from Madrid,Spain, and the result is the RG Royal Sound Orchestra, making its debut withexactly what the title promises. The arrangements integrate Afro-Cuban rhythms, Iberian romanticism, and North American swing and dance music into a repertoire covering French, Italian, British, and American standards in addition to the pop idioms of the 1960s through the early-1990s.
The band's principal soloists are trumpeter Adalberto Lara "Trompetica"a distillation of Rafael Mendez, Maynard Ferguson, and Arturo Sandovaland saxophonist Ed Callea veteran of the Miami recording scene. Trumpeter Richard Gutierrez joins with Trompetica in searing duets on "My Way" and "Can't Help Falling In Love," while guitarist Lindsey Blair contributes Eric Clapton-esque styling on several tracks.
Impact represents a dramatic fusion of numerous disparate musical idioms, all converging smoothly into a slickly-produced, yet very artistic series of musical statements. The disc was brilliantly recorded by label owner Recaredo Gutierrez, who has long been recognized in the field of Latin-American music.
Track Listing: Hotel California; My Way; Volare; As Time Goes By; That's the Way I Like It; I Left My Heart In San Francisco; Strangers In the Night; Yesterday; New York, New York; Can't Help Falling In Love; O Sole Mio; Macarena.
Personnel: Mike Lewis: conductor, arranger; Tony Taño: arranger; Hilario Duran: arranger; Jorge Arrante: arranger; Raúl "Lulo" Perez: arranger; Billy Ross: alto and soprano saxophones; Dan Salmasian: alto sax; Ed Calle: tenor and soprano saxophones; Ed Maina: tenor sax; Mike Brignola: baritone sax; Adalberto Lara "Trompetica": trumpet; Jim Hacker: trumpet; Mario Ortiz: trumpet; Doug Michels: trumpet; John Kricker: trombone; Steve Sigmund: trombone; Jason Pyle: trombone; Jim Bermann: bass trombone; Hilario Duran: piano; Raúl "Lulo" Perez: piano; Jorge Arronte: piano; Lindsey Blair: electric guitar; Ranses Colŏn, bass; Edward Magdariaga: bass; Richard Bravo: drums, percussion; Antonio Ramos Urbano "Maca": bass; José Miguel Carmona "Josemi": Spanish guitar; José Lozada: Spanish guitar; Juan Carmona: Spanish guitar; Paco Aguilera: Spanish guitar; Anye Rao: drums; José Manuel Ruiz "Bandolero": percussion; Paco Aguilera: coro; Carlos Nuño: coro.
Jazz and the blues--because together this musical brother and sister speak from our nation's days of the current cultural affairs and the authenticity and truth of a place where the rhythms held the pulse and the drums the heartbeat, representing every step closer the meat on the bone
Jazz and the blues--because together this musical brother and sister speak from our nation's days of the current cultural affairs and the authenticity and truth of a place where the rhythms held the pulse and the drums the heartbeat, representing every step closer the meat on the bone. Feet in the dirt, or barefoot on a stage with sequins--it's soul beats in my chest.
I was first exposed to jazz while others listened to surf music in the '50s and '60s, it was Monk, Miles, Satchmo and Ella, Rosemary Clooney and Julie London followed. Margaret Whiting, Les McCann, Willie Bobo, Andy Simpkins, Snooky Young, Bill Basie and Helen Humes. The first time I heard Topsy, Take 2, I about passed out at the age of ten.
I've hung with Les McCann who more than 30 years after our first meeting became my duet partner on my CD, Don't Go To Strangers. Karen Hernandez from the start, Jack Le Compte on drums, Lou Shoch on bass, Steve Rawlins as my arranger and pianist, Grant Geissman - guitar genius, Nolan Shaheed, Richard Simon, and more. The big boys. My Red Hot Papas. The best show I ever attended was...
I met Helen Humes first back in 1981 and helped turn one Playboy Jazz Festival night into her tribute, bring the Basie Band to stage, her joy boys. Before she took the stage for the last time to sing, If I could Be With You One Hour Tonight thousands of copies of the newspaper I wrote for carried her story. It was kismet, her being held by Joe Williams backstage. Soon in my life were the great Linda Hopkins who told me I sang the song she wrote better than her, which floored me of course, the energizing Barbara Morrison and the stellar Marilyn Maye who guided me professionally.
My advice to new listeners... let your backbone slip and feel your body stripping back the barriers that prevent us from being one with the music.
Remember none of us are strangers, we just haven't met yet.