Funky Cha

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Listening to the veteran New York composer/bassist's fourth project since 1999 is like taking a frenetic joyride through a realm where classic Latin music forms blend furiously with the best of America's jazz traditions. Harvie S has been at this a long time; in 1966, he traveled to Cuba to study with some of the island's master players. Since then, he's masterfully blended the two forms, working with great bandleaders like Juan-Carlos Formell, Stan Getz, Paquito d'Rivera, and Arturo O'Farrill, among others. The one major thing he's learned: both forms have the same African rhythmic roots. But why read a dull history book when you've got the bassist and his wild but ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Listening to the veteran New York composer/bassist's fourth project since 1999 is like taking a frenetic joyride through a realm where classic Latin music forms blend furiously with the best of America's jazz traditions. Harvie S has been at this a long time; in 1966, he traveled to Cuba to study with some of the island's master players. Since then, he's masterfully blended the two forms, working with great bandleaders like Juan-Carlos Formell, Stan Getz, Paquito d'Rivera, and Arturo O'Farrill, among others. The one major thing he's learned: both forms have the same African rhythmic roots. But why read a dull history book when you've got the bassist and his wild but subtle-when-they-have-to-be quintet providing such vibrant illustrations of the connection? They launch the disc with a hard-driving, heavily percussive jam on Thelonious Monk's "Rhythm-a-Ning" and the rolling, pitter-patter grooving original "C7 Heaven" featuring Daniel Kelly's vibrant piano ensembling beautifully with Jay Collins' sax, then ease coolly into the date's most memorable -- if least chops-heavy -- number, the original piece "Mariposa en Mano," a sensuous slow-dance number dedicated to S's wife; S had recorded it as a bossa nova on an earlier album but his mixed vibe of son montuno and charanga is more than just a little intoxicating. From then on, he works a spirited balancing act between crazy-makers like the well-titled "Earquake" and the subtler, harmonically rich "A Bright Moment" and a hypnotic, classically influenced cover of Cole Porter's "What Is This Thing Called Love."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/11/2006
  • Label: Zoho Music
  • UPC: 880956060521
  • Catalog Number: 200605
  • Sales rank: 267,073

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rhythm-A-Ning (5:24)
  2. 2 C7 Heaven (6:22)
  3. 3 Mariposa en Mano (4:34)
  4. 4 Earquake (5:29)
  5. 5 "S" (6:35)
  6. 6 Funky Cha (4:38)
  7. 7 A Bright Moment (5:41)
  8. 8 What Is This Thing Called Love (9:06)
  9. 9 Coco Loco (3:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Harvie S. Primary Artist, Upright Bass
Harvie Swartz Indexed Contributor
Jay Collins Flute, Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Scott Robert Avidon Tenor Saxophone
Wilson "Chembo" Corniel Jr. Conga, Latin Percussion
Ernie Colon Clavinet, Guiro
Daniel Kelly Piano
Philip Dizack Trumpet
William Bausch Drums
Technical Credits
Joachim Becker Executive Producer
Thelonious Monk Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Ken Franckling Liner Notes
Daniel Kelly Composer
Sal Mormando Engineer
Steve Vavagiakis Mastering
Harvie S. Composer, Audio Production
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