This distinctly funky, danceable and sometimes entertainingly rowdy crew from Caracas pick up from where the Acid Jazz scene left off. There's also plenty of that ironic, loungecore, almost Las Vegas cabaret feel kicking in here. If you can imagine a hybrid of Donald Fagen and Tito Puente produced by Kid Creole and all his Coconuts then we're getting close.
Recorded in Venezuela with a little help from US Latin jazz fans Bill Ware and Arto Lindsay, and signed to David Byrne's always-intriguing Luaka Bop label, a little Spanish may make the lyrics easier to check, but what we're here for is the interplay between infectious latin percussion, inescapable rhythms and classy melodies. Considered, sophisticated production - by Chaka Khan and Arto Lindsay alumnus Andres Levin - is another surprising strength for the first album from such an unexpected source.
I love jazz because it is both challenging and exhilarating, and the endeavor of improvisation is the highest form of art.
I met so many great musicians--including my two earliest heroes, Maynard Ferguson and Dizzy Gillespie--by attending concerts
and being willing to treat them with the respect they deserve.
The best show I ever attended was the Pat Metheny/Ornette Coleman Song X concert at Cornell University.
The first jazz record I bought was an RCA compilation by Dizzy Gillespie.
My advice to new listeners is to not be afraid to listen to something because you're not familiar with the artists or the band or
the genre or anything - this is music that is best experienced through discovery.