Los Hombres Calientes, Vol. 1

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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Hombres Calientes "The Hot Men" are actually pretty cool. With a spare sound straight out of the Afro-Cuban and jazz traditions, they prove capable of boiling the pot when called upon. They consist of young trumpeter Irvin Mayfield, veteran percussionist Bill Summers, and the youngest member of the Marsalis family, drummer Jason. Bassist David Pulphus, percussionist/vocalist Yvette Bostic-Summers Bill's wife, and the especially tasteful pianist Victor Atkins III join in for added depth and spice. There are no writing credits on the disc, but it seems that Mayfield wrote or co-wrote eight of the ten tracks, with Summers contributing on eight and Marsalis on four. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Hombres Calientes "The Hot Men" are actually pretty cool. With a spare sound straight out of the Afro-Cuban and jazz traditions, they prove capable of boiling the pot when called upon. They consist of young trumpeter Irvin Mayfield, veteran percussionist Bill Summers, and the youngest member of the Marsalis family, drummer Jason. Bassist David Pulphus, percussionist/vocalist Yvette Bostic-Summers Bill's wife, and the especially tasteful pianist Victor Atkins III join in for added depth and spice. There are no writing credits on the disc, but it seems that Mayfield wrote or co-wrote eight of the ten tracks, with Summers contributing on eight and Marsalis on four. Though aligned with Wynton Marsalis, Mayfield shows a definite Dizzy Gillespie influence on "Rhumba Para Jason," starting slow and speeding up considerably in the last minute. "Victor el Rojo" is a mid-tempo heater, and an easy version of the jazz standard "After You've Gone" shows Mayfield's feet firmly planted in both cool jazz and Cuban melodicism. The group is at its hottest and most communal on "Rompe Saraguey" and "Irvin's Crisis," which features a stop-start melody reminiscent of Thelonious Monk's "Evidence." Mayfield turns a snippet of a melody into a descarga for "Bill's Q Yvette," and the "Oye Como Va"-like "El Barrio" features Bill Summers on vocals. Atkins really lays his influences on the table for all to hear with the elegant ballad "Stardust," and goes from McCoy Tyner-ish modalism to Eddie Palmieri-style montuno freneticism on "Pulphus' Final Frontier." This is a good first effort, and it seems as if Hombres Calientes are committed to being a living, working band.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/30/1998
  • Label: Basin Street Records
  • UPC: 652905020128
  • Catalog Number: 201
  • Sales rank: 20,033

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Victor el Rojo - Los Hombres Calientes: Irving Mayfield & Bill Summ (6:44)
  2. 2 El Barrio - Los Hombres Calientes: Irving Mayfield & Bill Summ (3:56)
  3. 3 Bill's Q Yvette - Los Hombres Calientes: Irving Mayfield & Bill Summ (3:31)
  4. 4 Stardust - Los Hombres Calientes: Irving Mayfield & Bill Summ (5:27)
  5. 5 Rhumba Para Jason - Los Hombres Calientes: Irving Mayfield & Bill Summ (6:04)
  6. 6 After You're Gone - Los Hombres Calientes: Irving Mayfield & Bill Summ (3:00)
  7. 7 Pulphus Final Frontier - Los Hombres Calientes: Irving Mayfield & Bill Summ (4:31)
  8. 8 Ye Ye O - Los Hombres Calientes: Irving Mayfield & Bill Summ (5:01)
  9. 9 Rompe Saraguey - Los Hombres Calientes: Irving Mayfield & Bill Summ (6:07)
  10. 10 Irvin's Crisis - Los Hombres Calientes: Irving Mayfield & Bill Summ (5:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Los Hombres Calientes: Irving Mayfield & Bill Summers Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Bill Summers Percussion, Vocals
Roland Guerin Bass
Phillip Manuel Background Vocals
Jason Marsalis Drums
Cyril Neville Bongos, Vocals
Irvin Mayfield Trumpet
Rhonda "Mama Efuru" Johnson Background Vocals
David Pulphus Bass
Technical Credits
George Coleman Composer
Bill Summers Producer, Engineer
Ray Obiedo Composer
D.D. Jackson Composer
Diana Thornton Graphic Design
Parker Dinkins Mastering
Irvin Mayfield Producer
Jonathan Tabak Liner Notes
Tom Thompson Executive Producer
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