by Jeff Dayton-Johnson
This 2003 date by pianist Nachito Herrera, a veteran of both the Cubanismo group and an idiosyncratic migration from Havana to Minneapolis, is his second live record from the Dakota, located in his adopted hometown. This time around, the large-group format of the first live disc gives way to a smaller ensemble.
Herrera's group masters the dynamic contrasts at the heart of Latin jazz. One motif is turning up the volume for the climatic resolution of repetitive themes; the opening ...read more
by Chris May
Nachito Herrera conceived this recording as an exposition of eleven different Cuban song forms--from bolero and cha-cha-cha through guaracha and guanguanco, with a strong admixture of jazz throughout--but any danger of Bembé En Mi Casa coming on like a college lecture disappears with track one, note one. A campus riot would be a more accurate description. Like the title track says, Party at mine!" The music starts out hot and passionate and stays that way, with only brief pauses for ...read more