338

Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez: Italuba

Dan McClenaghan By

Sign in to view read count
Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez: Italuba Drummer Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez arrived in New York from his native Cuba (via Italy) and slipped into the percussion driver's seat on recordings by pianists Michael Camilo and Chucho Valdes, trumpeter Roy Hargrove and guitar legend Carlos Santana, helping those artists snag a bunch of Grammy Awards. Italuba ""the title a melding of the names of his native land and that of the country that welcomed him on his initial expatriation""marks his overdue debut as a leader.

The set brims with a percussive gusto full of classic Afro-Cuban rhythms, with a muscular heft to the sound. On so many of the drummer-led efforts out there, picking the leader is no easy chore. It's obvious here. "El Negro's" drumming is, if not out front, cetainly a full and equal and joyously assertive partner in this quartet sound. His approach is similar to some of Tony Williams' early '90's solo discs with trumpeter Wallace Roney"" Neptune (Blue Note, '92) and Nature Heart, (Blue Note, '90), with dense, aggressive, hard-driving rhythms throughout, leaned here heavily toward the Latin side.

The disc sounds quite traditionally Latin, though the exuberance is cranked up a notch with electric bass and El Negro's muscular approach.

On "90 Miles to Miles" the band has that 1980s Miles Davis fusion thing down pat, featuring a whomping bass/drum fusion sound, with trumpeter Amik Guerra, muted, sizzling like a mad hornet in a Mason jar, stinging into the pounding beat with precision; while "A Night in Torino (Tunisia)" gives the Dizzy Gillespie classic a succinct new twist; while the opener, "Free Latin," explores some Latin-tinged free improvisation.

El Negro's debut has been a long time coming, but the wait was worth it for this energetic modern Latin sound.

Visit Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez at www.elnegro.com and Pimienta Records at www.pimientarecords.com .


Track Listing: Free Latin, Puerto Rico, Danzon For You, Tropical Madrid, 90 Miles to Miles, A Night in Torino (Tunisia), Only With Me, Que Negro Esta

Personnel: Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez—drums; Ivan Bridon Napoles—piano; Daniel Martinez Izquierdo—electric bass, baby bass; Amik Guerra—trumpet, flugelhorn

Year Released: 2004 | Record Label: Pimienta Records | Style: Latin/World


Shop

More Articles

Read Road to Forever CD/LP/Track Review Road to Forever
by Jack Bowers
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Avenida Graham CD/LP/Track Review Avenida Graham
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 27, 2017
Read TAI Fest #1 (Vol.1&2) CD/LP/Track Review TAI Fest #1 (Vol.1&2)
by Nicola Negri
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Goat Man & The House of the Dead CD/LP/Track Review Goat Man & The House of the Dead
by Dave Wayne
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Backlog CD/LP/Track Review Backlog
by James Nadal
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Acceptance CD/LP/Track Review Acceptance
by Tyran Grillo
Published: February 26, 2017
Read "Rings" CD/LP/Track Review Rings
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: July 3, 2016
Read "Warp" CD/LP/Track Review Warp
by Karl Ackermann
Published: March 21, 2016
Read "Westering Home" CD/LP/Track Review Westering Home
by Roger Farbey
Published: June 7, 2016
Read "Jazz Jukebox" CD/LP/Track Review Jazz Jukebox
by C. Andrew Hovan
Published: November 24, 2016
Read "Eight Track II" CD/LP/Track Review Eight Track II
by Mark Sullivan
Published: December 4, 2016
Read "Nearness And You, Duets and Improvisations" CD/LP/Track Review Nearness And You, Duets and Improvisations
by John Sharpe
Published: November 16, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: Jazz Near You | GET IT  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!