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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/19/2003
  • Label: Cubop Records
  • UPC: 780661504122
  • Catalog Number: 15041
  • Sales rank: 162,484

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Regarding All Music Guide Review

    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.

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