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This is a rhythmically intense album of Latin compositions by Conosur (guitarists Hernán Romero and Tony Viscardo) augmented on occasion by vocals, percussion, bandoneon, cymbals, drums and/or bass. Romero wrote seven of the dozen tunes, Viscardo two. The others are “La Añera,” the familiar “El Condor Pasa” and Astor Piazzolla’s slow tango, “Oblivion.” Between them, Romero and Viscardo play a number of guitars — electric, acoustic, 12–string, nylon string — and Romero also plays charango, keyboards, cajón and sings (sometimes as a chorus) on five selections. Bandeonist Raul Jaurena is a welcome addition, splashing color and diversity whenever he appears (as on “City of Heaven,” even though he’s uncredited there). While there’s a lot happening on this date, much of it pleasing, I wouldn’t want to convey an impression that the music produced is, for the most part, Jazz, although it has undeniably been nurtured by and sprung forth from the same soil, and some improvisation takes place, notably by Jaurena and the co–leaders (precisely how much is hard to estimate). If you’re looking for an album of Jazz guitar, look elsewhere. If, on the other hand, you’re partial to rhythmic and tasteful Latin music, well–played by two congenial guitarists (and their companions) who obviously share your love and appreciation for it, Zonda may be a sure–fire winner.
Track listing: Riding the Waves; Más; City of Heaven; Little Dreamer; Oblivion; Yaka; Joelle; Zonda; La Añera; Poesia; Ven; El Condor Pasa (57:24).
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach. I fell in love with it. I wondered around until the owner (Pedro Soto) asked if I needed help. He then introduced me to John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Gerry Mulligan and the rest is history. I walked out of the store with my first jazz recording: Clifford Brown and Max Roach at Basin Street.