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To call certain music ‘Latin fusion’ is to speak in redundancy. Just about all Latin, like America’s jazz music, is a fusion or amalgamation of many styles. Guitarist Juan Carlos Quintero’s motto is “if it works and sounds good adopt it.” On his fourth release as leader the Colombian-born, New Jersey resident (by way of Brussels) mixes multiple South American styles into a contemporary music that can be filed in numerous categories including world music, Latin, and definitely jazz.
Quintero, a one-time student at Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory, grew up playing more Eddie Van Halen than Eddie Palmieri music. His return to ‘roots’ music includes The Way Home (1997) and Through The Winds (1992) and his work with Alex Acuna and Poncho Sanchez.
Los Musicos focuses on guitar melodies played against a backdrop of varying Latin flavors. There’s plenty of percussion throughout, as on the opener “Melina’s Rumba,” an infectious folk piece. Quintero tosses in traditional with modern as he touches on bolero, samba, rumba, and traditional cumbia-styled jam sessions. The authenticity of the mainly light fare comes from Quintero’s guitar and the presence of an accordion on several tracks. Its presence anchors the music in old-style sounds. Its romantic connotations cannot be denied.
Track Listing: Melina
Personnel: Juan Carlos Quintero
Year Released: 2002
| Record Label: Moondo
| Style: Latin/World
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach. I fell in love with it. I wondered around until the owner (Pedro Soto) asked if I needed help. He then introduced me to John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Gerry Mulligan and the rest is history. I walked out of the store with my first jazz recording: Clifford Brown and Max Roach at Basin Street.