Transplanted New York timbalero Bobby Matos brings his hot New York style salsa to his adopted home state of California on Made By Hand , a live '03 Pasadena concert recording by his Afro Latin Jazz All Stars, a group of fine players who are relatively unknown to listeners here in New York. Matos, who is strongly influenced as an ensemble leader by Mongo Santamaria and Tito Puente, pays homage to both of the somewhat recently departed masters with arrangements of their respective compositions "Afro Blue" and "Philadelphia Mambo" (the latter arrangement a collaboration with Fania All Star pianist Larry Harlow). He also pays tribute to "el maestro" Israel Lopez "Cachao," the inventor of the mambo, with an arrangement of the great bassist-composer's well-known "Descarga Cubano" (a Latin jazz staple from his Cuban Jam Session in Miniature) that includes Matos' original "Poem for Cachao."
The addition of a vocal coro to the very capable Latin jazz ensemble featuring saxophonist/flutists Michael James Turre and Frank Fontane, trombonist Jacques Voyemant, pianist Victor Cegarra, bassist Eliseo Borrero, conguero Robertito Melendez, and percussionist Jud Matos creates a more tipico mood on the remaining tracks, which include classics such as the danzon "Barbara Milagrosa" by Cachao's brother Orestes Lopez Rodriguez; "Lluvia Con Nieve," a guaracha by the great Puerto Rican bandleader Mon Rivera; and "Llegue," another mambo from the Puente repertoire, composed by Francisco Pastor. "Two son montunos," Turre's arrangement of the traditional "El Montuno De Almeja," and Matos' own original "Oye Mi Querida" nicely fill out this thoroughly enjoyable date, which is just as good for listening as it for dancing.
Track Listing: 1. Afro Blue
2. Babara Milagrosa
3. Descarga Cubana
4. El Montuno De Almeja
6. Philadelphia Mambo
7. Oye Mi Querida
8. Lluvia Con Nieve
Personnel: Bobby Matos: timbales, arrangements and vocals; Michael James Turre: flute, alto sax, baritone sax,
arrangements; Frank Fontane: flute, tenor sax,soprano sax, guiro, bell; Jacques Voyemant: trombone;
Victor Cegarra: piano; Eliseo Borrero: bass and vocals; Robertito Melendez: conga drums; Jud Matos:
shekere, guiro, claves, bell; Ismael "Eat" Carlo, Denise "China Eyes" Cook, Rogelio Mitchell: coro
(background vocals); Ismael "Eat" Carlo: lead voice on "Poem for Cachao."
Year Released: 2004
| Record Label: Life Force Jazz
| Style: Latin/World
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 (at age 10) when I was in a shopping arcade in Southport, England with my parents. I fell in love with the music playing over the PA system; Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 (at age 10) when I was in a shopping arcade in Southport, England with my parents. I fell in love with the music playing over the PA system; Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet. After going through Rock 'n Roll, the Beatles and Heavy Metal/Hard Rock phases over the next eight or so years, I finally bought my first jazz album; We're All Together Again for the First Time by Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond and Gerry Mulligan. I was hooked on jazz, and still am 40+ years later.
I moved from England to the USA in 2002, and founded the Brookfield Jazz Society in 2005.
I became editor of the quarterly IAJRC Journalin 2012. The magazine goes to the worldwide membership of the IAJRC (International Association of Jazz Record Collectors) and many major libraries and educational establishments around the world.
As well as being the editor of the IAJRC Journal, I write about jazz and review CDs, vinyl, DVDs and books on jazz.
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