Another Kind of Blue: The Latin Side of Miles Davis

Another Kind of Blue: The Latin Side of Miles Davis

by Conrad Herwig
     
 

No present-day jazz musician, no matter his or her ilk, has been untouched by Miles Davis's epochal 1959 album Kind of Blue. That certainly goes for the world-class Latin jazz players assembled on this intriguing homage. Recorded live in New York, Another Kind of Blue follows the contours of Davis's masterpiece, reinterpreting each of the original…  See more details below

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No present-day jazz musician, no matter his or her ilk, has been untouched by Miles Davis's epochal 1959 album Kind of Blue. That certainly goes for the world-class Latin jazz players assembled on this intriguing homage. Recorded live in New York, Another Kind of Blue follows the contours of Davis's masterpiece, reinterpreting each of the original album's five tracks. (The ensemble's rendition of "Petits Machins" from Davis's 1968 Filles de Kilimanjaro is an added bonus.) Led by the virtuoso trombonist Conrad Herwig, the band is packed with first-rate soloists including trumpeter Bryan Lynch, flautist Dave Valentin, and saxophonist and clarinetist Paquito D’Rivera, and a percolating rhythm section powered by drummer Robby Ameen and percussionist Richie Flores. Each of the iconic tunes from the 1959 landmark is given a Latin rewrite that adds a fascinating and eminently rhythmic dimension to classic music. Imaginative projects like this give double pleasure: We can enjoy the fresh approach while appreciating the elasticity of the original material.

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Trombonist Conrad Herwig, who had previously recorded The Latin Side of John Coltrane, is at it again. Another Kind of Blue has versions of the five songs from Miles Davis' Kind of Blue ("So What," "Freddie Freeloader," "Blue in Green," "All Blues," and "Flamenco Sketches") plus "Petits Machins" performed by a Latin jazz nonet. The results are quite enjoyable and, with the exception of the repertoire and a couple orchestrated sections for the ensemble (the introduction of "So What" by Bill Evans and Paul Chambers, and Davis' trumpet solo on "Freddie Freeloader"), the music has little connection to the original Kind of Blue with Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and Cannonball Adderley. Instead, the transformation serves as a good excuse for the all-star group to romp and come up with fresh ideas. Herwig, trumpeter Brian Lynch, baritonist Mario Rivera, and flutist Dave Valentin have their moments, but Paquito D'Rivera on alto and clarinet constantly steals solo honors; he is too exciting to be denied. The horns are inspired by a blazing rhythm section consisting of pianist Edsel Gomez, bassist John Benitiz, drummer Robby Ameen, and percussionist Richie Flores. It is particularly interesting hearing such unlikely material as "Blue in Green" and "Flamenco Sketches" turned into Afro-Cuban jazz. Another Kind of Blue is quite successful on its own terms and well worth picking up.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/23/2004
Label:
Halfnote Records
UPC:
0801074451725
catalogNumber:
744517

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Conrad Herwig   Primary Artist,Trombone
Paquito D'Rivera   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Guest Appearance
Brian Lynch   Trumpet,Guest Appearance
Dave Valentin   Flute,Guest Appearance
Robby Ameen   Drums
Richie Flores   Percussion,Conga
Mario Rivera   Baritone Saxophone
Edsel Gomez   Piano
John Benitiz   Bass

Technical Credits

Miles Davis   Composer
Bill Evans   Composer
Brian Lynch   Arranger
Conrad Herwig   Arranger,Liner Notes
Steven Remote   Engineer
Jeff Levenson   Producer,Liner Notes
Steven Bensusan   Executive Producer
Jon D'Uva   Engineer

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