Acuarela de Tambores

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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Playing hand percussion and drum kit with a variety of different stars and lesser knowns, Acuna spans the breadth and depth of Latin-based rhythms from his native Peru through Cuba, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, and other South American locales. Notables Giovanni Hidalgo, Luis Conte, Anthony Carrillo, and Paoli Mejias join a varying sized cadre of singers and fellow percussion helpmates to stroll through this multi-cultural mosaic of percussive splendor. Of the smaller ensemble tracks, "Bemlerias" is a 6/8 song with electric bass and keyboards on the more contemporary side, while "L.A. Rap" sports Spanish trash talk, and the ten-minute "Descarga at Dawn" is the ultimate cha...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Playing hand percussion and drum kit with a variety of different stars and lesser knowns, Acuna spans the breadth and depth of Latin-based rhythms from his native Peru through Cuba, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, and other South American locales. Notables Giovanni Hidalgo, Luis Conte, Anthony Carrillo, and Paoli Mejias join a varying sized cadre of singers and fellow percussion helpmates to stroll through this multi-cultural mosaic of percussive splendor. Of the smaller ensemble tracks, "Bemlerias" is a 6/8 song with electric bass and keyboards on the more contemporary side, while "L.A. Rap" sports Spanish trash talk, and the ten-minute "Descarga at Dawn" is the ultimate cha based workout for quintet with Acuna on the kit. The CD starts with two chants, the rumba "Acuarela de Tambores" and the 2/4 "Feijao Com Pescao," while male and female singers inform the samba-type song "Redentor" with Cuica work by Paulinho De Costa or Acuna's kit solo and the booming two-note bass buoy for percussion and voices on "Abba Taita." Allan Phillips' jamming piano floats over the percussion bed on the happy Venezuelan gaita "Las Marias," while the duet with Acuna and pianist Otmaro Ruiz is an out-and-out flying modern jazz discourse. There's the bomba/plena-based "La Reina del Cafe," conga song "Las Campanas," percussion jam "Pa' Don Nicomedes," kinetic 6/8 bongo solo by Carrillo "Antoine's Conference," and with acoustic guitarist Felix Casaverde, a lustrous 6/8 groove on "Balance." Acuna calls these groupings "Acuarela de Tambores/Top Percussion" and the assertion lives up to its billing. This is an excellent potpourri of styles and feelings, all authentic, all potent and riveting. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/20/2000
  • Label: Dcc Compact Classics
  • UPC: 010963018523
  • Catalog Number: 185

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Acuarela de Tambores (4:33)
  2. 2 Feijão Com Pescao (5:09)
  3. 3 Balance (4:14)
  4. 4 La Reina del Café (2:39)
  5. 5 Redentor (4:07)
  6. 6 Las Marías (2:38)
  7. 7 Pa' Don Nicomedes (5:17)
  8. 8 L.A. Rap (3:00)
  9. 9 Bemlerías (3:43)
  10. 10 Antoine's Coherence (3:44)
  11. 11 So Be It (3:29)
  12. 12 Zapato Prestao (1:49)
  13. 13 ABBA Taita (5:01)
  14. 14 Las Campanas (6:41)
  15. 15 Descarga at Dawn (10:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alex Acuña Primary Artist, Drums, Background Vocals, Bells, Chekere, Djembe, Cascara, Timbaus
Giovanni Hidalgo Vocals, Background Vocals, Chekere, Iya, Quinto, Tumbadora, Toy Instruments
Regina Background Vocals
Anthony Carrillo Bongos, Conga, Vocals, Background Vocals, Bells, Tumba, Pandeiro, Cajon, Gaita, Timbaus
Luis Conte Percussion, Conga, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals, Bombo, Cajon, Tumbadora, Bacurinhas, Itotele, Toy Instruments, Culo
Paulinho Da Costa Tambourine, Repique, Surdo, Cuica
Richie Gajate Garcia Background Vocals, Bombo, Timbaus, Marimbula
Abraham Laboriel Sr. Bass
Ricardo "Tiki" Pasillas Percussion, Drums, Timbales, Background Vocals, Kalimba, Bells, Chekere, Cajon, Bacurinhas, Toy Instruments, Culo
Allan Phillips Piano, Background Vocals
Hector "Rudy" Regalado Maracas, Chekere
Michito Sánchez Bongos, Okonkolo
Diana Background Vocals
Paoli Mejias Conga, Marimbas, Background Vocals, Claves, Surdo, Chekere, Cajon, Bacurinhas, Timbaus
Walter Rodriguez Drums, Background Vocals, Surdo, Chekere, Caja, Campana
Alberto Salas Piano, Keyboards, Kalimba
Meia Noite Background Vocals, Surdo, Timbaus
Robert Incelli Background Vocals
Félix Casaverde Guitar, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Alex Acuña Producer
Joe Bellamy Mastering
Anthony Carrillo Composer
Dan Garcia Engineer
Jim Scheffler Engineer
Luis Tamargo Liner Notes
Jacques Hubert Executive Producer
Félix Casaverde Composer
Alejandro Neciosup Acuña Composer
Ronnie Campos Composer
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