The nexus between American jazz and Afro-Latino rhythmic traditions has always been a rich and fertile zone. When musicians are deeply rooted and nourished by those traditions, they are able to launch their jazz explorations in ways that both fascinate the knowing listener and incite the joyful dancer. No matter how they stretch and texture their improvisations, at the core is a primordial pulse… a divine heart beat… a rhythm rising.
The rhythm has no past, present or future. It can be layered with electric piano, muted trumpet, distorted guitar or wailing saxophone… and still it rises. The rhythm can be pushed to mambo madness, smoothed to bossa nova coolness or cajoled into a sassy cha-cha, and still it rises. It can be propelled back to an ancient 6/8 güiro, spiced up with a fiery bomba, or caressed into a sensual bolero… and still it rises.
This collective of seasoned musicians delivers beautifully on the promise of the album’s title. The abiding respect they have for the Afro-Latino rhythms is amply demonstrated in the authenticity with which they are played and built upon. They artfully interact, support and push each other in a spirit of comradery. The result is a lovingly arrayed collection of mostly original compositions by contemporary composers who are also virtuosic players performing on this recording.
Ronny Figueroa, Writer/Musician.
Credits: Producer- Tomas Martin Lopez for bongotoms music LLC Co- Producers – Bill O’Connell & Jeff Ciampa
Musicians: Bill O’Connell - Piano David Mann - Saxes & Flute Jeff Ciampa - Guitar Richie Barshay - Drums Ruben Rodriguez - Bass Tomas Martin Lopez – Congas & Percussion
Arrangements: Bill O’Connell – O’Connell Music (SESAC) Jeff Ciampa – Notushabi (BMI) Joe Mannozzi – Echo Park Project (BMI) Dorado Schmitt – (SACEM/ASCAP) Bud Powell – (HFA)
Released: November, 2018
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