Hombres Calientes, Vol. 2

Hombres Calientes, Vol. 2

by Los Hombres Calientes: Irving Mayfield & Bill Summers
     
 

On their second effort, Los Hombres Calientes exchange bassists (David Pulphus for Edwin Livingston), and Ronald Markham shows up on Hammond B-3 and keyboards. The record, a 71-minute, 18-cut musical treatise, features a much larger complement of vocalists andSee more details below

Overview

On their second effort, Los Hombres Calientes exchange bassists (David Pulphus for Edwin Livingston), and Ronald Markham shows up on Hammond B-3 and keyboards. The record, a 71-minute, 18-cut musical treatise, features a much larger complement of vocalists and percussionists, and even a string quartet on three selections. Hombres Calientes, Vol. 2 also draws from a larger palette of Latin rhythms. The Yoruban chants on the trio of tunes near the end of the recording are most convincing -- "Alabi Oyo E," "Suite Obatala," and "Vamos a la Cima," all composed by percussionist Bill Summers, burst with emotional discourse. "Cuban Suite," penned by trumpeter Irvin Mayfield, moves from a slow rhumba (featuring cascading piano by Victor Atkins, III) to a classical, church-like montuno figure and, finally, to a much hotter comparsa with rollicking trumpet, piano, and simmering percussion. "A Comer y a Descargar" is an out-and-out jam, with Mayfield leading the charge. "Fongo Sunk," a piece from drummer Jason Marsalis, is a no-frills piano/percussion workout. There's also a hot take on the old Roberta Flack hit "Feel Like Makin' Love." Of the many remaining cuts, "Rasta Renegade" is a reggae number with organ and group vocals; "Blues de Enredo" is a Brazilian festival samba; "Young Lovers at First Sight/Tangeaux-Zon" is a tango with the Louisiana Philharmonic String Quartet; "Daydreamer" is a bossa nova with Atkins' piano omnipresent; and "Comparsa N.O." combines an Afro-Cuban section and a Professor Longhair-like gumbo blues shuffle. The CD ends rather unceremoniously, with the always-vapid "Chameleon" slapped onto George Clinton's "We Want the Funk." More might not necessarily be better for this group, but the overall result is quite enjoyable -- some bumps in the road, but a competent music presentation nonetheless.

Read More

Product Details

Release Date:
11/09/1999
Label:
Basin Street Records
UPC:
0652905020227
catalogNumber:
202
Rank:
178149

Tracks

Read More

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hombres Calientes: Irving Mayfield & Bill Summers   Primary Artist
Victor Atkins   Piano
Phillip Manuel   Vocals
Jason Marsalis   Drums
Curtis Pierre   Percussion
Cotton Mather   Vocals
Edwin Livingston   Bass
Yvette Summers   Percussion,Vocals,Bells,Claves,Agogo,Shekere,Guiro
Jorge Alabe   Percussion
Cornell Williams   Bass,Background Vocals
Derwin "Big D" Perkins   Guitar,Background Vocals
Irvin Mayfield   Trumpet
Increase Mather   Vocals
Rachel Jordan   Vocals
Manuel Lander   Vocals,Background Vocals
Ronald Markham   Drums,Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Karen Marks   Cello
Fredy Omar   Vocals
Bruce Owen   Viola
Bill Summer   Percussion,Bongos,Conga,Timbales,Vocals,Pandeiro,Surdo,Bata,Shekere,Quica,Cabasa,Nyabinghi Drums
Amy Thiaville   Vocals
Mashonda D. Thomas   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Bill Summers   Producer
Jason Marsalis   Producer
Curtis "Fitz" Williams   Engineer
Parker Dinkins   Mastering
Irvin Mayfield   Producer
Brian Maratea   Engineer
Mark Samuels   Executive Producer
Bill Summer   Producer

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >