Articles | Popular | Future

ALBUM REVIEWS

Jerry Gonzalez: Y el Comando de la Clave

Read "Y el Comando de la Clave" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

In considering living modern masters of the trumpet, Wynton Marsalis comes to mind first, not Jerry Gonzalez. This is a travesty, because in the warm, bronze glow of Gonzalez's sound there is a singular majesty that deserves much wider recognition than the trumpeter gets. Perhaps it is because he plays in an idiom slightly more insular than mainstream. Now that he resides for the large part in Spain, he is even less frequently recalled. Perhaps his extraordinarily beautiful album, Jerry ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Jerry Gonzalez & The Fort Apache Band: Rumba Buhaina: The Music of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers

Read "Rumba Buhaina: The Music of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers" reviewed by Francis Lo Kee

Art Blakey didn't literally write books, but it could be said that he “wrote the book : first, on jazz drumming, incorporating the essence of swing, extroverted drum solos and some genuinely unique beats that have escaped deeper absorption by contemporary drummers; second, on bandleading, constantly scouting and presenting great (often, younger) talent; and third, on incorporating Afro-Cuban influences into jazz. There could easily be a couple of tribute concerts and recordings to him every year, but as far as ...

MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Instant Party & Jerry Gonzalez y Los Piratas del Flamenco

Read "Instant Party & Jerry Gonzalez y Los Piratas del Flamenco" reviewed by Javier AQ Ortiz

Poncho Sánchez Instant Party Concord Picante 2004Poncho Sánchez' Instant Party is part of a Concord series that includes similar compilations from Gene Harris, Tito Puente, Mongo SantamarÃ-a and Mel Tormé. “Just Add the willingness to have a good booty-shaking time and Poncho will bring the party home for you. Twenty years worth of recordings, from 1984 to 2003, represent more than a quarter century worth of Latin musical festivities led by one ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Jerry Gonzalez y Los Piratas del Flamenco: Jerry Gonzalez y Los Piratas del Flamenco

Read "Jerry Gonzalez y Los Piratas del Flamenco" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Jimi Hendrix, of rock guitar fame, once led a group called a Band of Gyspys, who were really a bunch of American guys. On Jerry Gonzalez y Los Piratas del Flamenco, Jerry Gonzalez, the New York-born, Puerto Rican trumpeter/percussionist, goes for the real thing, steering a group of Gitano (Iberian Peninsula) gypsy musicians through an enchantingly spare program that mixes Afro-Cuban and American jazz sensibilites with traditional Spanish flamenco.Says Gonzalez: “In flamenco, their thing is accoustic and simple; ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Jerry Gonzalez And The Fort Apache Band: Fire Dance

Read "Fire Dance" reviewed by Douglas Payne

Seems Jerry Gonzalez can do no wrong. His Fort Apache band has recorded sporadically since 1979, yet has maintained a remarkable unity that continues to strengthen with each recording. Fire Dance is a gem of a performance, caught live at DC's famed (and overpriced) Blues Alley (February 2-6, 1996) and most beautifully recorded by ace producer Todd Barkan. A former percussionist with Dizzy Gillespie and McCoy Tyner back in the 70s, Gonzalez is also an excellent trumpet/flugelhorn player who's dynamic ...