69

Luis Disla: The Prophecy

James Nadal By

Sign in to view read count
Luis Disla: The Prophecy One quick way to verify a musician's credentials is to check out who plays on his debut record. Respected reed man Luis Disla obviously called in a few markers for The Prophecy , assembling an all-star lineup and achieving a glossy production in the process.

No stranger to the studio with numerous sessions accounted for, Disla is prodigious on alto, tenor, soprano and baritone saxophones and relies on his expertise on all of them. He chooses the perfect musicians for this contemporary Latin jazz project in bassist Abraham Laboriel, drummer Steve Gadd and premier percussionist Alex Acuña 99. Though a polished studio recording, the record opens and ends with a novel approach, simulating what Disla's band might be like in a club setting—complete with background noise, bar banter, and musician introductions at the end of the "set."

There is a well thought-out sense of original compositions offering a wide range of directions and tempos, from smooth jazz and grinding salsa to funk and ballads, with two interesting cover choices: Earth, Wind & Fire's "Reason," and Disla's personal tribute to Ray Charles, "You Don't Know Me," the surprise number in the package that really works and is given the star treatment it deserves.

Nestor Torres's charanga flute is featured on "Naima's Way," a sizzling mambo number with pianist Jorge Luis Sosa depicting a genuine montuno. Sosa also demonstrates his versatility by switching to a Hammond organ sound on the bluesy "Stick to It."

Disla displays not only great musicianship and tone, but also a spatial approach in his soloing which blends well with the other players. In picking top accompanists, he wisely lets them stretch out and offer their individual talents to the mix. The Prophecy is a record that was a long time coming and Disla has been meticulous in his production, proving it was well worth the wait.

Track Listing: Intro; Down for the Count; Angelina; Naima’s Way; Reasons; Nucleus; Brigette; JeDu; Stick To It; You Don’t Know Me; The Prophecy; Coda.

Personnel: Luis Disla: alto, tenor, soprano, baritone saxophones; Jorge Luis Sosa: keyboards; Leo Quintero : guitar; Abraham Laboriel: bass; Alex Acuña: percussion; Steve Gadd: drums; Julio Diaz: trumpet; Jorge Dobal: trombone; Richard Bravo: additional percussion; Paul Hoyle: vocal (5); Nestor Torres: flute (4); Tito Puente Jr.: timbales (2).

Title: The Prophecy | Year Released: 2012 | Record Label: Self Produced


Tags

Related Video

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Screen Sounds CD/LP/Track Review Screen Sounds
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: August 20, 2017
Read Rediscovered Ellington CD/LP/Track Review Rediscovered Ellington
by Troy Dostert
Published: August 20, 2017
Read The Bug CD/LP/Track Review The Bug
by Jack Bowers
Published: August 20, 2017
Read Sing Me Some Cry CD/LP/Track Review Sing Me Some Cry
by Mark Corroto
Published: August 20, 2017
Read Masters In Bordeaux CD/LP/Track Review Masters In Bordeaux
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: August 19, 2017
Read On Parade In Parede CD/LP/Track Review On Parade In Parede
by John Sharpe
Published: August 19, 2017
Read "Like, Strange" CD/LP/Track Review Like, Strange
by Troy Collins
Published: April 5, 2017
Read "Sweet Ruby Suite" CD/LP/Track Review Sweet Ruby Suite
by Jack Bowers
Published: March 31, 2017
Read "Endemic Ensemble: Tangled" CD/LP/Track Review Endemic Ensemble: Tangled
by Paul Rauch
Published: December 3, 2016
Read "Songs Of Life" CD/LP/Track Review Songs Of Life
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: December 8, 2016
Read "Nellie Bly Project" CD/LP/Track Review Nellie Bly Project
by Paul Rauch
Published: August 11, 2017
Read "The Duo - Live!" CD/LP/Track Review The Duo - Live!
by Chris Mosey
Published: October 2, 2016

Sponsor: JANA PROJECT | LEARN MORE  

Support our sponsor

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

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