Fire Dance

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Jerry Gonzales and the Fort Apache Band have an invigorating idea going, fusing the front line of bebop to the unstoppable groove of a Latin rhythm section. Trouble is, whenever they remove the Latin rhythms -- which happens most of the time on this compilation from a live gig at Blues Alley in Washington, D.C. -- we are left with a standard-issue hard bop band of the most conventional sort. Gonzales often ruminates thoughtfully in a muted Miles manner circa the 1950s, while John Stubblefield's earthy bebop tenor adds some soul to the mix, and Joe Ford contributes alto and soprano sax. When Gonzales moves over from the trumpet to the congas, some electric moments ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Jerry Gonzales and the Fort Apache Band have an invigorating idea going, fusing the front line of bebop to the unstoppable groove of a Latin rhythm section. Trouble is, whenever they remove the Latin rhythms -- which happens most of the time on this compilation from a live gig at Blues Alley in Washington, D.C. -- we are left with a standard-issue hard bop band of the most conventional sort. Gonzales often ruminates thoughtfully in a muted Miles manner circa the 1950s, while John Stubblefield's earthy bebop tenor adds some soul to the mix, and Joe Ford contributes alto and soprano sax. When Gonzales moves over from the trumpet to the congas, some electric moments begin to emerge as he interacts with Steve Berrios on drums or timbales. Ultimately, though, this live CD does not ignite; perhaps this group could have used a seventh man, a regular Latin percussionist, to mix things up all the time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/25/1996
  • Label: Milestone
  • UPC: 025218925822
  • Catalog Number: 9258
  • Sales rank: 134,781

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Isabel, the Liberator (15:21)
  2. 2 Elegua (8:10)
  3. 3 Today's Nights (10:46)
  4. 4 Verdad Amarga (10:59)
  5. 5 Let's Call This (18:19)
  6. 6 Ugly Beauty (6:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jerry Gonzalez Primary Artist, Trumpet, Conga, Flugelhorn
Larry Willis Piano
Steve Berrios Percussion, Drums
Joe Ford Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Andy González Bass
John Stubblefield Tenor Saxophone
Jerry Gonzalez & the Fort Apache Band Track Performer
Technical Credits
Todd Barkan Producer
George Horn Mastering
Michael Semanick Remixing
Phil Carroll Art Direction
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