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Known as the funkiest, finest and hardest working latin orchestra to come of the United States in the last decade, Grupo Fantasma’s trademark sound has translated comprehensively on their new album Sonidos Gold " it’s an incredible and animated performance interwoven with mature and intelligent songwriting that is equally at home with the classic 1960s Fania All-Stars sound AND the progressive benchmark set by artists such as Manu Chao. Guided by the deeply rooted traditions of cumbia, salsa, funk, and pyschedelia this masterful ensemble band has forged a fresh new standard of excellence in latin music. Special guests on the album include legendary saxophonist Maceo Parker, Fania All-Stars pianist and arranger Larry Harlow, trombonist Greg Boyer (Prince, Parliament Funkadelic), and a bonus track/remix by producer Toy Hernandez (Control Machete, Juanes, Alejandro Sanz)

American Music Vol. VII

Label: Blue Corn Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: El Fugitivo; Nubes; LT; Qué Es Lo Que Quieres De Mi?; The Wall; La Cruda; Nosotros; Let Me Be; Ausencia; Hot Sauce; Cuidado; Yo Quisiera; Sombra Roja.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Grupo Fantasma: American Music Vol. VII

Read "American Music Vol. VII" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

The thirteen new tracks on American Music Vol. VII celebrate Grupo Fantasma's first studio album in five years as well as the nineteenth anniversary of Austin's preeminent Tex-Mex party band. In several ways, Vol. VII sounds like much of their previous music: This Grupo can spice up and rock an energetic, celebratory party sound ...

ARTICLE: FROM THE INSIDE OUT

Riding Waves, Moving Boundaries, and Building The Wall

Read "Riding Waves, Moving Boundaries, and Building The Wall" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Franco Ambrosetti Quintet Long Waves Unit Records 2019 Trumpeter Franco Ambrosetti balances in the middle of three jazz generations, the father of saxophonist Gianluca and son of saxophonist Flavio, who once played opposite Charlie Parker at the Paris Jazz Festival. Although he grew up studying classical ...

Problemas

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2016
Track listing: Nada; Solo Un Sueño; Porque; Esa Negra; Mulato; Descarga Pura Y Dura; Otoño; Problemas; Cayuco; Roto El Corazon; That Night.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Grupo Fantasma: Problemas

Read "Problemas" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

It took five years and a new producer for Grupo Fantasma, the powerhouse Austin (TX) fusion ensemble that brings together musicians from Texas and Latin America, to follow-up their 2010 Grammy-winner El Existential (Ingrooves/Nat Geo Music).But Problemas, the first release that the band did not produce itself, proves worth the wait. “We thought a ...

ARTICLE: FROM THE INSIDE OUT

Unraveling the Mysteries of Monk, the Night Tripper & More

Read "Unraveling the Mysteries of Monk, the Night Tripper & More" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Terry Adams Talk Thelonious Clang! Records / Euclid Records 2015 Thelonious Monk's music has been more misunderstood and misinterpreted than most composers.' How you play Monk's music is just as important as what you play, and what you don't play is often just as important as what you do. ...

NEWS: RECORDING

The Funk Ark: "High Noon" + Tour Dates + MP3

The Funk Ark: "High Noon" + Tour Dates + MP3

After a highly praised debut, Washington DC’s The Funk Ark is back with an even tighter follow up album. Less than a year has passed since the release of From The Rooftops on ESL Music and the world funk ensemble has established itself as one of the strongest players in the scene both in the studio ...

NEWS: RECORDING

New Release/MP3/Tour: The Funk Ark: 'From The Rooftops' (ESL Music)

New Release/MP3/Tour: The Funk Ark: 'From The Rooftops' (ESL Music)

The Funk Ark is a world funk ensemble based in Washington DC. The group draws on influences from the African and Latin funk/dance music scenes of the 1960s and 70s and the result is a gritty and soulful mix of inspired Afrobeat and big band funk. The eight-piece band is fronted by keyboardist and songwriterWill Rastwho, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Brownout: Aguilas and Cobras

Read "Aguilas and Cobras" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

The best little R&B band in (Austin) Texas is the Latino little brother to Grupo Fantasma, which often backs up the miniature R&B tornado known as Prince. “It's funny because we can be rehearsing with Grupo Fantasma one night and then the next night the same group of guys can go back to the rehearsal room ...


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