Most of us are familiar with Afro-Cuban styles, which jazz has flirted with and sometimes wholly embraced since at least the 1940s. The Afro-Peruvian label is probably unknown to most, but Corina Bartra, the director of this project, has been working in this genre for decades, also encompassing various other Latin American traditions, including Brazilian. For some, small doses of Latin jazz may be sufficientall that clattering percussion and ping-ponging congas and bongos can quickly pall. But Bartra gets the balance spot-on with the APNTO. All but two of the pieces here are her compositions, and she and her fellow-arrangers produce exciting charts with rich textures. Lots of fine solos too. Regrettably, it's near impossible to tell who is who, apart from Bartra's regular colleague Rodriguez, but there are several impressive trumpet and tenor outings. This is recommend unreservedly to fans of Latin jazz and, even for others, as the high quality of the solos and ensembles make it worth considering. For sampling, good bets are: "Aruhe," "Guajira Son" or Amadis Dunkel's "Minor Misdeaminor" as varied examples representative of the band at its best.
Track Listing: El Dorado; Yambambo; Magia Y Ritmo Ancestral; Guajira Son; Aruhe; A Saca Camote Con El Pie; Minor Misdeaminor: Enlightened Heart; You Took Me By Surprise; More Than You Can Afford; Come On And Dance; Warriors Of The Sun.
Personnel: Jonathan Saraga, Bryan Davis, Sam Hoyt, Justin Mullen (tp); Amadis Dunkel, Andy Hunter (tb); Jay Rodriguez, Charles Lee, Eric Neveloff, Bruce Williamson, Derek James (saxes); Hyuna Park, Zaccai Curtis (p); Michael Gam, Moto Fukushima (b); Vince Cherico (d); Perico Diaz (Latin perc).
I was first exposed to Jazz when a couple of dear friends of mine turned me onto it around 1971. I was already into Progressive music, R n' B, Soul, Motown, Latin Rock and other styles that were a great ladder to Jazz
I was first exposed to Jazz when a couple of dear friends of mine turned me onto it around 1971. I was already into Progressive music, R n' B, Soul, Motown, Latin Rock and other styles that were a great ladder to Jazz.
Being a Musician myself, (Lead Guitar/Bass Guitar), I studied at the Dick Grove School of Music with Dick Grove, Jeff Richman and Lee Ritenour. This was around '84-'85. I started playing the Guitar in November 1967. Playing Guitar came quite naturally to me thank goodness. Though I spent hours upon hours practicing while my school buddies were doing Sports.
It was in the early '70s that I really got into Jazz, Jazz Rock, Jazz Fusion and World Music. Seeing Weather Report, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Larry Carlton, Steely Dan, John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra, RTF, Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters, VSOP, Freddie Hubbard and so many, many more amazing artists opened my eyes to the beauty and eloquent nature of Jazz. I really love the brilliant ensemble playing that is in Jazz!!
When I play and write music, it blends so many style together. Many fans ask me why my playing sounds so jazzy. It's because I understand Blue Notes, the phrasing, the tonality, time signatures and more. I can also play Rock, Folk, Soul, R n' B and other styles too. I seem to gravitate more and more as I get older to a jazzier style. Currently I'm 62 years old. I have released 2 CDs world-wide. Working on my 3rd.
I also teach Guitar/Bass/Music Theory to my students. They range from 6 years old to much, much older. (I was hired by the City of Aurora, CO to teach ages 6-13 specifically). Currently I teach 41 children in 5 classes. Additionally another 7 private students.
My wife, Meesh, and I love Jazz dearly. It was one of the things that we share together!
Most of the people that I know today do not get jazz. I try to explain what to listen for, but many times the music of Jazz is a bit much for them. So be it.
In a nutshell, I live, breath and listen to Music 24/7. No TV except the Food Channel and Weather.
I love John Kelman's articles. They are so insightful and well-constructed!
Thank you all for doing what you do.