Learn How

We need your help in 2018

Support All About Jazz All About Jazz is looking for 1,000 backers to help fund our 2018 projects that directly support jazz. You can make this happen by purchasing ad space or by making a donation to our fund drive. In addition to completing every project (listed here), we'll also hide all Google ads and present exclusive content for a full year!

118

William Cepeda and Afrorican Jazz: My Roots & Beyond

By

Sign in to view read count
William Cepeda is a man with a mission. His goal is aptly given by the title of his cd, his debut as a leader. He wants to introduce us to the music of his roots and beyond. Cepeda takes the rhythms, the dances, of Puerto Rican music, and uses them as the basis for Jazz. As Paquito D'Rivera tells us in the liner notes, Latin Jazz has been based on the music of Brazil and Cuba, but rarely on the musics of the other Latin American countries. Cepeda wants to rectify that deficiency with respect to his homeland. He takes rhythms such as the Bomba and the Plena and layers melodies and improvisations on top of the rhythms and creates a dynamic music, bright with the festivity of the horns, and rumbling with the polyrhythms of the percussionists. The album is catchy and entertaining - only the most determined of listeners will be able to sit still - but it's more than that too. Michelle Rosewoman's composition "For Now and Forever" is given an arrangement which shows off the depth of this music. The melody instruments weave together multiple lines, while the percussion instruments echo the melody lines with multiple rhythms. The result reminds us that while Latin Jazz is often presented as something hot and entertaining, but not as serious as the real thing, that's far from the truth: Latin Jazz can be just as demanding as any other form of Jazz. It just makes the hard work fun by keeping the listeners dancing.

This album is best listened to as a companion to Cepeda's Afro Boricua ensemble disc. On this disc Cepeda presents the various rhythms of Puerto Rican music in a more pure form. Together both discs present an education in Puerto Rican music that will keep the student dancing.

Visit the Blue Jackel website (Cepeda is the featured artist this month) at http://www.bluejackel.com.

Personnel: William Cepeda: trombone, cua, conch shell, percussion, vocals; Donny McCaslin: saxophone; Omar Kabir: trumpet, conch shell; Raul Romero: guitar; Uli Gussendoerfer: piano, keyboards; Ruben Rodriguez: bass; Mark Walker: drums; Juan Gutierrez: bomba drums; vocals. Special Guests: Slide Hampton: trombone (1, 8); Paquito D'Rivera: alto saxophone, clarinet (4, 6); Yomo Toro: Cuatro (2). Additional Musicians: Luis Bonilla: trombone (3, 11); Tony Lujan: trumpet (2, 5, 6, 7, 11); Luis Aquino: trumpet (4, 6, 11); Luis Disla: saxophone (2, 9); Eric Figueroa: piano, keyboards (1); John Benitez: bass (6, 10, 11); Bobby Sanabria: bongos, vocals (1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 11); Edgardo Miranda: cuatro (2); Tito Matos: pandereta, bomba drums, vocals (1, 4, 6, 7); Cita Rodgriguez: vocals (1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 11); Richie Viruet: vocals (1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 11); Juan Usera: vocals (1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 11); Julio Merced: verso negro (1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 11).

Track Listing: Bomba Swing, Ponta Pa'l Monte, Pa' Mi Cuembe, Waiting For Carmen, Toca Mi Caracol, Quasi Plena, For Now And Forever, Sara, Pa' Mi Gente, Colors, Afrorican Jam. Total time: 74:12.


Title: My Roots & Beyond | Year Released: 1999 | Record Label: Blue Jackel


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Bricks CD/LP/Track Review Bricks
by Glenn Astarita
Published: December 17, 2017
Read Makes the Heart to Sing: Jazz Hymns CD/LP/Track Review Makes the Heart to Sing: Jazz Hymns
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: December 16, 2017
Read Song of No Regrets CD/LP/Track Review Song of No Regrets
by Jack Bowers
Published: December 16, 2017
Read Sounding Tears CD/LP/Track Review Sounding Tears
by John Sharpe
Published: December 16, 2017
Read Lighthouse CD/LP/Track Review Lighthouse
by Glenn Astarita
Published: December 16, 2017
Read Kill The Boy CD/LP/Track Review Kill The Boy
by Chris Mosey
Published: December 16, 2017
Read "Such A Sky" CD/LP/Track Review Such A Sky
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: June 25, 2017
Read "Mannequins" CD/LP/Track Review Mannequins
by Hrayr Attarian
Published: June 9, 2017
Read "Words And Music" CD/LP/Track Review Words And Music
by Roger Farbey
Published: April 30, 2017
Read "Color Tones" CD/LP/Track Review Color Tones
by Jack Bowers
Published: August 2, 2017
Read "Ugly Beauty" CD/LP/Track Review Ugly Beauty
by Geno Thackara
Published: March 20, 2017
Read "Originals For the Originals" CD/LP/Track Review Originals For the Originals
by Paul Rauch
Published: November 20, 2017

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!