Bobby Matos —
Sessions ... CD CuBop/Ubiquity, 1980s/1990s. New Copy ...
After having such great success with their two recent Bobby Matos recordings, Cubop has gone ahead and put together this great collection of material that Bobby recorded over the past 15 years. It includes a few tracks recorded for Cubop and not released at the time (including a very funky Latin version of "Chameleon"), some that were only issued in limited editions, and a number that came out on a now-out of print release called Collage. As with all of Bobby's releases, the CD is a great batch of Latin jazz that never lets up for a minute. The band is always tight, the music's always smokin, and the choice of material is excellent. With "The Creator Has A Master Plan", "Mi Guaguanco", and "Afro Cubisimo". CD
Proof that the Cubop label is home to some of the best Latin Jazz currently in print! Congolero/percussionist John Santos leads an extremely tight Bay Area Latin combo through 13 hard wailing tracks with a very strong jazz sensibility – and the set sparkles with an intensity that you don't always find on other Latin Jazz sets. The bulk of the material was recorded during the years 1998 and 1999, but Cubop have also included some older tracks from 1990 – although with a very similar feel. The reed players in the group are great – especially Melecio Magdaluyo, who we'd never heard before, and who shines wonderfully on versions of "So What", "Tin Tin Deo", and Coltrane's lost classic "Syeeda's Song Flute". Other tracks include "Iyesa", "Itim", "Matters Not", and "Obalution" – and the whole CD's great! CD
Snowboy & The Latin Section —
Para Puente ... CD CuBop, 2002. New Copy ...
Temporarily Out Of Stock
A pretty sweet little album from Snowboy – still staying true to his Latin roots, despite an increasing public persona as an expert on all things funky! The record's nice, tight, and very jamming – a full on Latin jazz experience, with some great bass work by the legendary Nico Gomez! Other instrumentation includes Hammond, trumpet, tenor, and Fender Rhodes – and tracks include "Two For T", "Rocky & Perry", "Barrago", "Chango Moti Awa", and "Puente". CD
Outstanding Dizzy Gillespie material – from one of his most overlooked periods! The time is the mid 60s, and after a few years of working with Lalo Schifrin in his group, Dizzy's changed his Latin bag from hard-edged Cubop to mellower more complicated Bossa and modal jazz. The result is some of the most sophisticated playing in Dizzy's career – hitched to a groove that's still filled with soul and fire, and which rolls on in a compelling way that always hooks us hard! The group features Kenny Barron on piano, and reed work by James Moody, one of the other great secrets of the mid 60s! Tracks are all long – and titles include "One Note Samba", "Con Alma", "Umh, Umh", and "Chega De Saudade". CD
(Note: CD is missing back artwork in case – and is priced accordingly. Out of print.)
A brilliant meeting of modes from the mighty Arturo O'Farrill – a set that combines a rich tapestry of Cuban styles with American jazz elements from the cubop years and beyond – all into a spacious double-length set of performances that brings together musicians from around the globe, all recording in Havana under Arturo's direction! The tracks are often ambitious, but never overly-complicated – and instead almost take us back to the clarity of vision that we first loved in the older Afro-Cuban experiments of Machito with Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie – and the ability of those records to throw out many ideas at once, yet keep things very fluid and forward-moving at all times. Most tunes were written especially for the project – and titles include "Vaca Frita", "Second Line Soca", "El Bombon", "Just One Moment", "The Triumphant Journey", "Afro Latin Jazz Suite", "Guajira Simple", "Alabanza", "Blues Guaguanco", and "There's A Statue Of Jose Marti In Central Park". CD
The title's a bit misleading – as a number of the tracks on here were recorded by Jacquet, and Webster only sat in on two longer jamming numbers – "I Wrote This For The Kid" and "The Kid & The Brute". Not that that's a problem – as those long numbers take up a good portion of the record, and are really driving numbers that have some conga in the rhythm section, which makes for a lively kick that really drives the tracks. The conga also surfaces in "Mambocito Mio", a Latin jammer that moves at the best cubop speed – and other tunes include "Saph", "September Song", and "Jacquet's Dilemma". 15 tracks in all on this limited edition CD. CD
(Out of print. Verve Elite edition. Digipack has some edge wear.)