205

Salongo: Salongo

By

Sign in to view read count
Salongo: Salongo Sãlongo is a combo with a three horn front line that is dedicated to playing Brazilian and Afro-Cuban music and whose name translates loosely from a Zairian expression, "we come together to create something beautiful out of love." Although the front line players are not natives of either of these parts of the world, the rhythm section does indeed come from both Central and South America.

Sãlongo is the creation of trumpeter, composer, and arranger, Eddie Allen who also goes under the aliases of "E.J. Allen" as well as "E.J. Eddie Allen." But all three are the same individual who hails from Milwaukee, playing in a diverse setting of large and small jazz bands, Broadway musical orchestras and has worked with such artists as Art Blakey, Randy Weston, Vanessa Rubin and Muhal Richard Abrams. Allen's three previous albums on Enja Records have shown him to be a solid player and leader.

The opening tune, "Brasilian Sunset," is a celebration of jazz samba that is led by Allen as well as altoist Bruce Williams and Teodross Avery on tenor sax. "Being Here with You" represents a change of direction with the influence of Caribbean salsa leaving its imprint. The ensemble's goal is to provide the driving rhythmic concepts of the great conguero, Mongo Santamaria, as well as utilizing the commercial appeal of Santana. On "Search for Truth," the pace is initiated by Renato Thoms on congas and Mario Rodriguez on electric bass. Pianist Hector Martingnon is fully salsa-friendly from his many years at the piano chair in the ensembles of the late Ray Barretto. After an exciting intro, the horns enter with Avery's tenor solo making the most notable appearance.

Eddie Allen has written most of these compositions and they are attractive vehicles for this group. His clarity and tone are somewhat reminiscent of trumpeter Blue Mitchell. With that thought in mind, the closing "Just So You Know" has a Caribbean Carnaval atmosphere in the same spirit as several of Mitchell's mid-60's Blue Note dates. Only Charlie Parker's "My Little Suede Shoes" is a non-Allen tune.

Nice start, Sãlongo!


Track Listing: Brasilian Sunset; Being Here with You; Search for Truth; Nymphs of the Sudan; Touch; My Little Suede Shoes; New Rules; Midnight Rain; Just So You Know.

Personnel: Eddie Allen: trumpet, electric trumpet, flugelhorn, handclaps, vocals; Bruce Williams: alto sax, flute, handclaps; Teodross Avery: tenor sax; Hector Martignon: piano; Mario Rodriguez: electric bass; Diego Lopez: drums; Renato Thoms: congas, percussion; Uli Geissendoerfer: keyboards, handclaps.

Year Released: 2008 | Record Label: Self Produced | Style: Latin/World


Shop

CD/LP/Track Review
Megaphone
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Miles Davis Miles Davis
trumpet
Roy Hargrove Roy Hargrove
trumpet
Marcus Printup Marcus Printup
trumpet
Ronnie Cuber Ronnie Cuber
sax, baritone
Ron Carter Ron Carter
bass
Irvin Mayfield Irvin Mayfield
trumpet
Lee Morgan Lee Morgan
trumpet
Kenny Barron Kenny Barron
piano
Cal Tjader Cal Tjader
vibraphone
Joe Beck Joe Beck
guitar
Dave Weckl Dave Weckl
drums

More Articles

Read Over the Rainbow CD/LP/Track Review Over the Rainbow
by Paul Rauch
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Before The Silence CD/LP/Track Review Before The Silence
by John Sharpe
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1 CD/LP/Track Review Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Backlog CD/LP/Track Review Backlog
by Mark F. Turner
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Process And Reality CD/LP/Track Review Process And Reality
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 24, 2017
Read The Picasso Zone CD/LP/Track Review The Picasso Zone
by Franz A. Matzner
Published: February 23, 2017
Read "Early Americans" CD/LP/Track Review Early Americans
by Ian Patterson
Published: September 22, 2016
Read "Come Together" CD/LP/Track Review Come Together
by James Nadal
Published: May 27, 2016
Read "Naija Rhythm Affair, NYC" CD/LP/Track Review Naija Rhythm Affair, NYC
by James Nadal
Published: July 12, 2016
Read "Connection" CD/LP/Track Review Connection
by Glenn Astarita
Published: May 11, 2016
Read "Sky Begins" CD/LP/Track Review Sky Begins
by Dave Wayne
Published: July 11, 2016
Read "Free for One" CD/LP/Track Review Free for One
by Karl Ackermann
Published: May 31, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

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!

Buy it!