204

Joe Quijano: Salsa-Natra In Clave

Javier AQ Ortiz By

Sign in to view read count
Joe Quijano: Salsa-Natra In Clave Quick and to the Point: Puente’s aesthetic + the Boss’ inspiration + Joe Quijano + New York Big Band.



More than three decades ago, the ever-active rumor mill among musicians kept itself busy wondering about the fact that Frank Sinatra and Ernesto “Tito” Puente attempted to record together, but their respective schedules got in the way. The rest is unrealized history. Nat Chediak also alludes to this unfulfilled date in his Diccionario del Jazz Latino, lending it credence. Joe Quijano , however, has issued his take on what could’ve been aided by a big band sounding bunch of seasoned veterans from New York.



Tighter than a sacrificial virgin’s... Well, let’s just say that Salsa-Natra In Clave will not disappoint anyone looking for a swinging, fat-sounding New York band. Quijano assails hits from Ol’ Blue Eyes repertoire with his conjunto cachana-inflected, infectiously danceable barrioness. His aging vocal chops are what the character of the project demands. Quijano sings a man’s manly tasty Latinization of the melodic and romantic strength of songs such as “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “Witchcraft” and “Fly Me to the Moon.” The bandleader, businessman, composer, and singer has just the right combo of cojones and elegance to keep up with the potent players as well as the excellent big band arrangements from long-time Puente collaborator Ray Santos, as well as the ones from Paquito Pastor and P. Moss.



Performing with vim and vigor, flutist Dave Valentín and trumpeter David “Piro” Rodriguez provide the solo highlights – the latter burning particularly well in “Witchcraft” and “All Of Me.” The outfit, however, comprises a dream band of sorts, with figures such as bongocero Manny Oquendo (going into six decades of bridging past and present in Latin dance music), trombonist Reynaldo Jorge, bassist Andy González (perhaps the current preeminent Latin jazz bassist), pianists Paquito Pastor and Edy Martínez (one of Colombia’s best known musicians of his kind), and former Puente saxophonist Mario Rivera, among others.



The album is sung in English and the second half includes a bolero as ode to Sinatra, an English version of “El Muerto Se Fue de Rumba,” a cut inspired by J-Lo expressed through a medley of three different tunes and Barry Manilow’s “Copacabana,” where Quijano used to be a busboy and witnessed Sinatra loose his voice on stage. Don’t laugh: these songs will most likely get you to shake your booty in several danceable grooves.



Visit Oasis Salsero on the web, Joe Quijano at 787.726-4621 or joequijano@aol.com.


Track Listing: 1. I've Got You Under My Skin 2. New York, New York 3. I Get a Kick Out of You 4. Fly Me To the Moon 5. Witchcraft 6. All Of Me 7. Without a Song 8. The Rumba Dancer 9. Guaguanco For J-Lo ("My Kind Of Girl", "That Old Black Magic", "Guarachumba") 10. Copacabana 11. Ode To Frank (And He Began to Sing)

Personnel: Ray Santos: Conductor & Arranger. Dave Valent

Title: Salsa-Natra In Clave | Year Released: 2003 | Record Label: Cesta


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Developing Story CD/LP/Track Review Developing Story
by Edward Blanco
Published: June 26, 2017
Read Lantern CD/LP/Track Review Lantern
by John Kelman
Published: June 26, 2017
Read Inspirations (featuring Matthew Halsall) CD/LP/Track Review Inspirations (featuring Matthew Halsall)
by Phil Barnes
Published: June 26, 2017
Read Unification CD/LP/Track Review Unification
by Troy Dostert
Published: June 26, 2017
Read Crossing CD/LP/Track Review Crossing
by Geno Thackara
Published: June 25, 2017
Read Unit[e] CD/LP/Track Review Unit[e]
by Karl Ackermann
Published: June 25, 2017
Read "Miles Goes Wes" CD/LP/Track Review Miles Goes Wes
by Jack Bowers
Published: April 18, 2017
Read "Solstice" CD/LP/Track Review Solstice
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: November 25, 2016
Read "Which Craft?" CD/LP/Track Review Which Craft?
by Ian Patterson
Published: December 28, 2016
Read "Dream Within A Dream" CD/LP/Track Review Dream Within A Dream
by Ian Patterson
Published: June 22, 2017
Read "This is Life" CD/LP/Track Review This is Life
by Jerome Wilson
Published: September 29, 2016
Read "Innri" CD/LP/Track Review Innri
by Jack Bowers
Published: September 4, 2016

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.