Soulful Latin jazz comes alive on Menudo & Gritz as Scott Martin leads a fiery session that runs hot, hot, hot!
His lengthy tenure with Poncho Sanchez has resulted in a love for this music that brings together the memories of Eddie Harris, Ray Charles, Mongo Santamaria, and Cal Tjader in a whirlwind affair. With his band of Latin jazz all-stars, Martin brings in members of his talented family for featured roles: father Dave and brother Stan on trumpet, brother Andy on trombone, and son Tyler on baritone saxophone. The fruit doesn't fall far from the tree, and their performance here bears that out. Each member of the ensemble carries an exciting spirit to the music that fills the air with radiant energy.
Martin's tenor captures the essence of his tender ballad "Abuelo." The song's bolero motion and soulful melodic timbre reflect heartfelt passion. "Funky Flute" romps up-tempo in a leisurely stroll that unleashes emotions naturally. Vocalizing through his instrument and pouring forth forceful melodies, Martin captures the spirit and soul of Latin jazz. Here, organ and guitar place the focus on soul.
Everybody comes together on "Watusi Boogaloo," which features Martin's alto in a fiery flurry of passion. He sings "Sunny" and "Unchain My Heart" with a veteran's appreciation for the true character that comes with soul music. The horns explode on "Stuff" and explore spontaneous improvisation on "Ojah" with animation. Brothers Scott, Andy, and Stan capture the Latin jazz spirit and create a highly recommended session that's filled with the soul of our forefathers.
I love jazz because it expresses things so deep that I can't transform in words.
I met John Pizzarelli.
The best show I ever attended was MASP in São Paulo Brazil.
The first jazz record I bought was a Baby Dodds CD.
My heroes on drums: Papa Jo Jones, Sid Catlett, Gene Krupa, Baby Dodds, Zutty Singleton, Ray Bauduc, Vernell Fournier,
Shelly Manne, Jimmy Cobb, Joe Morello, Daniel Humair, Kenny Clarke, Sonny Carr, Buddy Rich, Sam Woodyard, Cozy Cole,
Sonny Greer, Neil Peart, Carl Palmer, Tony Sbarbaro, Vic Berton, Edison Machado, Milton Banana, Rubens Barsotti.
My heroes in jazz: Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Chet Baker, Miles Davis, Ahmad Jamal, Coleman Hawkins, Teddy Wilson,
Barney Kessel, Lester Young, Johnny Hodges, Jelly Roll Morton.