Carnival in San Juan

Carnival in San Juan

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by Papo Vazquez
     
 
The music on this set is well played if conventional. Mixing together Afro-Cuban rhythms with jazz improvising and occasional group vocals, the results are danceable, highly rhythmic, and creative within the boundaries of Latin jazz. Trombonist Papo Vazquez and tenor saxophonist Willie Williams get plenty of solo space, but it is the

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The music on this set is well played if conventional. Mixing together Afro-Cuban rhythms with jazz improvising and occasional group vocals, the results are danceable, highly rhythmic, and creative within the boundaries of Latin jazz. Trombonist Papo Vazquez and tenor saxophonist Willie Williams get plenty of solo space, but it is the sound of the ensembles and the long melody statements that are most memorable. Unfortunately, both the liner notes and the personnel listing for each track are microscopic (the packaging is greatly flawed), which is a bit inexcusable. But otherwise, this set, which consists of Vazquez originals plus Thelonious Monk's "Stuffy Turkey," should please Latin jazz followers.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/19/2003
Label:
Cubop Records
UPC:
0780661504122
catalogNumber:
15041
Rank:
145428

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Papo Vazquez   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Percussion,Trombone,Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Willie Williams   Tenor Saxophone
Milton Cardona   Percussion,Choir, Chorus
John Benítez   Bass,Electric Bass
Joe Gonzalez   Percussion,Bongos,Conga
Horacio "El Negro" Hernández   Drums
Victor Jones   Drums
Fred McFarlane   Synthesizer,Piano,Choir, Chorus
Mario Rivera   Baritone Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Soloist
Joe Shepley   Trumpet
Arturo O'Farrill   Synthesizer,Piano
Alberto "Tito" Cepeda   Percussion,Guest Appearance
Roberto Cepeda   Percussion,Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Dafnis Prieto   Drums
Susan Bauer Lee   Group Member
Carlos Henríquez   Bass
Lina de Vazquez   Group Member
Miriam Felix   Group Member
Bill Lee   Group Member
Pirate Chorus   Track Performer
Ivan Renta   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Michael Brecker   Liner Notes
Papo Vazquez   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Todd Barkan   Liner Notes
Horacio "El Negro" Hernández   Contributor
Fred McFarlane   Producer
Thelonious Monk   Composer
Phil Schaap   Liner Notes
Arturo O'Farrill   Composer
Roberto Cepeda   Composer
Rafael Cepeda   Composer
Peter Karl   Engineer
Robert Sancho   Producer
Bill Lee   Arranger,Contributor
Aaron Michelson   Art Direction

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Carnival in San Juan 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Scott Yanow is usually a very knowledgeable and straight-to-the-point writer. Being a trumpet player myself I really enjoyed his book on jazz trumpet players. And being Puerto Rican I have to admit that his book on afro-cuban jazz is an invaluable source for those of us interested in ALL the fusions of jazz and "latin" rhythms. However, the fact that Papo Vazquez works with the fusion of rhythms indigenous to Puerto Rico (bomba, plena, seis) with jazz, in itself, makes his contribution a not "conventional" one. Conventional would be the blending of jazz with afro-cuban rhythms, giving the fact that cubans and north-americans (as well as musicians from Latin America and Europe)have been doing that for more than sixty years. Bottom line: Papo Vazquez is making a contribution using afro-puertorican rhythms blended with the jazz harmonic/melodic language. This, historically, is not very conventional. Some puertoricans, even some puertorican musicians think is not worth the effort. But Papo, David Sanchez, Jose Lugo, Charlie Sepulveda and others think is more than necessary to play our own music, not only the one from cuban origins.