122

Chris Washburne and the SYOTOS Band: The Other Side (El Otro Lado)

Jim Santella By

Sign in to view read count
Chris Washburne and the SYOTOS Band: The Other Side (El Otro Lado) Dedicated to Tito Puente, Chris Washburne's second recording with his stellar SYOTOS band brings fresh air to a staid genre. The Latin jazz umbrella covers a lot of territory. Washburne's focus is on salsa dance music for its starting point. You can dance to it. Just try to keep still. However, to the salsa formula, the bandleader adds somewhat more complex jazz elements and searing solos. You get the best of both worlds. This is music you can appreciate, while you dance with your partner. Washburne brings both a strong formal education and a world of experience to the forum. His dues-paying days with the orchestras of Eddie Palmieri, Chico O'Farrill and Tito Puente came amid studies for degrees from three respected music schools. A Bachelor of Music degree in classical trombone from the University of Wisconsin, a Master of Music degree in Third Stream studies from the New England Conservatory, and a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from Columbia University served to provide Washburne's foundation. His interest in Latin jazz and salsa provided the fuel.

Washburne's title track contains deep modern jazz harmonic twists. The combination of his formal studies and urban experience afford Washburne the tools to express in a comfortable language. His 7-piece band smokes with authority. Washburne, Walsh and Mathisen comprise an exciting front line, dedicated to lyricism and tonal beauty. Pianist Olsen, along with Swartz, Cherico and Corniel, provide tasteful accompaniment and powerful bursts of passion. Their cohesion comes after five years of weekly workouts at New York's Lower East Side Nuyorican Poet's Café. A working band such as this promotes growth. Washburne's second album speaks well for a hard-working band and its inspired leader.


Track Listing: "Titorama," "Mamborama," "Deep Song," "Methane Mambo," "The Other Side," "New Beginning," "Now What?," "Caonao," "Hong Kong Mambo."

Personnel: Chris Washburne, tenor and bass trombone, tuba, percussion; John Walsh, trumpet; Ole Mathisen, tenor and soprano saxes; Barry Olsen, piano and marimba; Harvie Swartz, bass; Vince Cherido, drums; Wilson "Chembo" Corniel. Guests: Ray Vega. trumpet and flugel horn; Renato Thoms, bongos, hand percussion; Renato Thoms, bongos, hand percussion; Max Pollak, tap dancer on "Now What;" Maiken Derno, Korean gong.

Title: The Other Side (El Otro Lado) | Year Released: 2001 | Record Label: Jazzheads


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

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 Such A Sky CD/LP/Track Review Such A Sky
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: June 25, 2017
Read Buer: Book Of Angels Volume 31 CD/LP/Track Review Buer: Book Of Angels Volume 31
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: June 25, 2017
Read BACHanalia CD/LP/Track Review BACHanalia
by Jack Bowers
Published: June 24, 2017
Read Hallways CD/LP/Track Review Hallways
by Paul Rauch
Published: June 24, 2017
Read "Laughing At Life" CD/LP/Track Review Laughing At Life
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: January 27, 2017
Read "The Quest: Live at the A.P.C." CD/LP/Track Review The Quest: Live at the A.P.C.
by Jim Trageser
Published: February 14, 2017
Read "Some Great Songs Vol. 2" CD/LP/Track Review Some Great Songs Vol. 2
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 6, 2017
Read "Chasing Shadows" CD/LP/Track Review Chasing Shadows
by Eyal Hareuveni
Published: July 8, 2016
Read "Love Song" CD/LP/Track Review Love Song
by Tyran Grillo
Published: September 19, 2016
Read "Piano Song" CD/LP/Track Review Piano Song
by Mark Corroto
Published: January 21, 2017

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

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