Support All About Jazz

All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Pay $20 and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page, plus this box and the slideout box on the right for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.


I want to help
306

Conrad Herwig: The Latin Side of John Coltrane

Douglas Payne By

Sign in to view read count Views
A great idea beautifully executed by New York trombonist Conrad Herwig. The trombonist/arranger/musical director chooses Coltrane's most accessible material from a period that arguably spawned his best, most memorable work (1958-1964), devised simple, exploratory frameworks for each (recalling veteran Chico O'Farrill), then assembled an outstanding collection of musicians. In addition to Herwig's sinewy trombone, there's Brian Lynch on trumpet, Dave Valentin on flutes, Ronnie Cuber on baritone, Richie Beirach (who contributed to some of the arrangements), Danilo Perez and Eddie Palmeri on piano, Andy Gonzalez (from the Fort Apache Band) on bass and Milton Cardona on vocals and percussion. Selections are outstanding: "A Love Supreme," "Blue Train," (where Lynch trades fours with Herwig), "Afro Blue" (great flute solo by Valentine), "Naima" (beautifully featuring Beirach), "After The Rain," "Impressions" and "India."

Throughout, Herwig solos flawlessly, with a sensitivity and fire that's reminiscent of the source of his tribute. Herwig's record, more than Joe Henderson's recent big-band event, sounds like a natural conclusion. The arrangements and performances work well together and the Latin environment seems a logical foundation for Coltrane's passions. One last note: Astor Place has done a beautiful job packaging The Latin Side of John Coltrane , sparing no expense for trendy art direction that recalls some of the very expensive covers Limelight Records put out in the mid 60s. Recommended.

| Record Label: Astor Place | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


CD/LP/Track Review
Interviews
Live Reviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Live Reviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Reflections
Reflections
Criss Cross
2016
buy
The Latin Side Of Joe Henderson
The Latin Side Of Joe...
Half Note Records
2014
buy
The Latin Side of Herbie Hancock
The Latin Side of...

2011
buy
A Jones for Bones Tones
A Jones for Bones...
Criss Cross
2008
buy
The Latin Side of Wayne Shorter
The Latin Side of...
Half Note Records
2008
buy
Sketches of Spain Y Mas
Sketches of Spain Y...
Half Note Records
2007
buy
Roy Hargrove Roy Hargrove
trumpet
Cedar Walton Cedar Walton
piano
Kenny Garrett Kenny Garrett
sax, alto
Michael Brecker Michael Brecker
sax, tenor
Chris Potter Chris Potter
reeds
Joe Lovano Joe Lovano
saxophone
Dave Douglas Dave Douglas
trumpet
Joshua Redman Joshua Redman
saxophone

More Articles

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

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