Fiesta Amazonica

Fiesta Amazonica

by Merl Saunders & the Rainforest Band
     
 
There are few musical boundaries that pianist Merl Saunders hasn't ventured into. For Fiesta Amazonica, a follow up to his classic Blues for the Rainforest, he continues to blend of world beat, new age, blues, funk, and jazz. Guests on the recording include Jerry Garcia, Steve Kimmock, Rob

Overview

There are few musical boundaries that pianist Merl Saunders hasn't ventured into. For Fiesta Amazonica, a follow up to his classic Blues for the Rainforest, he continues to blend of world beat, new age, blues, funk, and jazz. Guests on the recording include Jerry Garcia, Steve Kimmock, Rob Wasserman, Bob Weir, and Vince Welnick. Songs on this album were inspired by a trip Saunders took to visit the rainforests in South America. The title track attempts to capture the energy of an Amazon tribal celebration. It features a brilliant guitar solo by Zero and Other Ones guitarist Steve Kimmock. Perhaps the most intense tune, "Ayahuasca Zone" was based on a ceremony in which rainforest natives ingested a powerful psychedelic drug. An eclectic and dissonant tune, it brings the wild ceremony to life. With its strange directions and brilliant songwriting, this album is a testament to Saunders' long and diverse career.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/17/1998
Label:
Sumertone
UPC:
0729137218323
catalogNumber:
2183

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Merl Saunders & the Rainforest Band   Primary Artist
Merl Saunders   Primary Artist,Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,MIDI Keyboards
Jerry Garcia   Guitar
Bob Weir   Rhythm Guitar
John Handy   Alto Saxophone
Rob Wasserman   Bass
Armando Peraza   Bongos
Chuck Rainey   Bass
Mary Stallings   Vocals,Background Vocals
Trio Bulgarka   Group
Muruga   Percussion,Conga,Drums
Vernon "Ice" Black   Rhythm Guitar
Steve Kimock   Guitar
Bill Kreutzmann   Hand Drums
Narada Michael Walden   Drums
Yanka Rupkina   Vocals
Tony Saunders   Bass
Norbert Stachel   Flute,Soprano Saxophone
Michael Warren   Bass
Vince Welnick   Synthesizer,Vocals
Mariana   Vocals,Background Vocals
Greg Gordon   Tamboura
Vince Littleton   Dumbek,Percussion,Conga,Drums,Hi Hat
Raul Ramirez   Percussion,Bongos
Roscoe Gallo   MIDI Bass
Piers Lawrence Quartet/Chuk Fowler/Jim Hankins/Sir Earl Gri   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar

Technical Credits

Jerry Garcia   Contributor
Bob Weir   Contributor
Rob Wasserman   Contributor
Armando Peraza   Contributor
Merl Saunders   Arranger,Sound Effects,Producer,Contributor
Muruga   Sound Effects
Steve Kimock   Contributor
Bernie Krause   Contributor
Narada Michael Walden   Contributor
Vince Welnick   Contributor
Greg Gordon   Engineer
Roscoe Gallo   Engineer,drum programming
Vikee Wong   Artwork
Ben Fong-Torres   Liner Notes
Jimmy Fisher & Contagious Praise   drum programming

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