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Casa Versailles
CD (PKO Records 100582), Released 2012;
Editor's Pick:
Casa Versalles is the fourth release from the excellent Michigan-based Latin jazz ensemble Tumbao Bravo. The eight all-original tracks by Paul VornHagen, Partrick Prouty, Alberto Nacif and Robert Mojica make this one special. Esteemed Cuban percussionist Jose "Pepe" Espinosa (Afro-Cuban All Stars, Cubanismi, Bamboleo, Isaac Delgado, etc.) guests on this one, supplying bongo and quinto chops that bring the production to a new level. Mogagua, the opening track, is a descarga jam given extra fire by VornHagen's flue and Brian DiBlassio's piano. I loved the slow burning and exotic guajira jazz track Los Moros by Albero Nacif. His percussive finesse is evident throughout, but especially on his composition, the fiery and very hip Coaba y Ron. Do I hear a touch of klezmer in Mojica's trumpet playing? The cover track,Casa Versaille, is an expansive cha-jazz dance number (VornHagen) that nicely leads into One for Jamerson, a very sweet, catchy, uptempo dance jazz number that, in a just world, would be the opening number for a hit TV show. It's good. I would shop this one around, Patrick.
Nice work, and Highly Recommended. (BP, 2012-06-19)
Song titles include:
Mogagua 5:24
Morganic 4:09
Caoba Y Ron 5:00
Los Moros 5:48
La Esperanza 6:11
You Are All I Long For 6:11
Casa Versailles 5:42
One For Jamerson 4:36
Musicians include:
Alberto Nacif Congas, Guiro
Paul VornHagen Tenor/Bari/Soprano Saxes, Flute, Piccolo
Brian DiBlassio Piano
Javier M. Barrios Timbles, Gong, Maracas, Cowbell
Patrick Prouty Acoustic Bass
Robert Mojica Trumpet
Featured Guest:
Jose "Pepe" Espinosa Bongos, Percussion
Category: Latin Jazz => Latin Jazz
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