Cuban Fishes Make Good Dishes

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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
Flute player Mark Lotz is from the Netherlands, but that doesn't keep his Afro-Cuban excursion Cuban Fishes Make Good Dishes from sounding remarkably authentic. Although traditional jazz instruments like flute, piano, bass, reeds, and horns make appearances on most of these 14 songs the moody ballads "Sweet Ochún" and "Yewa's Call" most notably, the album's focus is on traditional forms related both to Cuban music and to the Caribbean religion of Santeria: chants in the Yoruba language and rhythms played on the traditional trio of bata drums predominate. On a couple of songs, particularly "A Shuffle for Ochún," the chants and drums are placed against traditional jazz ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
Flute player Mark Lotz is from the Netherlands, but that doesn't keep his Afro-Cuban excursion Cuban Fishes Make Good Dishes from sounding remarkably authentic. Although traditional jazz instruments like flute, piano, bass, reeds, and horns make appearances on most of these 14 songs the moody ballads "Sweet Ochún" and "Yewa's Call" most notably, the album's focus is on traditional forms related both to Cuban music and to the Caribbean religion of Santeria: chants in the Yoruba language and rhythms played on the traditional trio of bata drums predominate. On a couple of songs, particularly "A Shuffle for Ochún," the chants and drums are placed against traditional jazz instrumentation, for a sound pleasingly similar to Sun Ra's vocal tracks. On most of the album, however, the traditional Cuban music and Lotz's jazz interpretations of same are kept largely separate. This is a shame, because this is one cross-cultural jazz album that doesn't use its world music influences as a sort of exotica wraparound on the same old post-bop workouts, and a greater commingling of Lotz's cerebral European jazz sensibility and the earthy immediacy of the Yoruba vocals could potentially have been even more entertaining. Despite the terrible, cutesy album title, this shouldn't be missed.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/23/2004
  • Label: Random Chance
  • UPC: 806013002020
  • Catalog Number: 20

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Pescado Jive (0:14)
  2. 2 Bembé Para Eleguá (3:39)
  3. 3 Praise King Nimunze and Ochún (6:19)
  4. 4 Chango's Cloth (5:08)
  5. 5 The Road of Odudua/Obatalá (6:48)
  6. 6 The Hunter Ochosi (6:10)
  7. 7 Asoyi Track (5:01)
  8. 8 Sweet Ochún (5:12)
  9. 9 Raga Colombiana (3:06)
  10. 10 Yewa's Call (5:31)
  11. 11 Elekotú (2:29)
  12. 12 Hueso Groove (4:45)
  13. 13 A Shuffle for Ochún (3:31)
  14. 14 Moyubation (2:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mark Alban Lotz Primary Artist, Flute, Alto Flute, Vocals, Bamboo Flute
Marc van Roon Piano
Estela Acosta Vocals
Stefan Kruger Drums
Maarten Ornstein Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Stefan Schmid Piano
Jos De Haas Conga, Vocals, Claves, Djembe, Okonkolo, Quinto
Sjahin During Okonkolo
Eric Surmenian Bass
Lisbeth Anker Vocals
Technical Credits
Evert Woud Engineer, Mastering
Mark Alban Lotz Composer, Producer, Engineer, Liner Notes, Song Notes
Traditional Composer
Sannah De Zwart Cover Photo
Eric Surmenian Composer
Andrés Disotuar Beltrán Engineer
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