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Mambo Nights

Mambo Nights

by Conexion Latina
     
 
What distinguishes this recording is the strong jazz element, provided in large part by the addition of guest improvisers. The orchestra Conexion Latina is a tight unit -- more than a tad commercial, to be sure, but well rehearsed, upbeat, and brash. The vocals sometimes sound stereotypically Latino, especially when chanted in tight harmony by the males. The grab bag

Overview

What distinguishes this recording is the strong jazz element, provided in large part by the addition of guest improvisers. The orchestra Conexion Latina is a tight unit -- more than a tad commercial, to be sure, but well rehearsed, upbeat, and brash. The vocals sometimes sound stereotypically Latino, especially when chanted in tight harmony by the males. The grab bag of Caribbean originals, with a jazz standard thrown in ("Lotus Blossom"), features trumpeters Dusko Goykovich and Bobby Shew and trombonist Andrian Mears throughout, lending an authentic jazz sound to an otherwise south-of-the-border aesthetic. It is all lots of fun, with a big band swagger, up-front percussion, sassy brass, all regularly tempered by thoughtful improvisations. Mears continues to grow as a trombonist, a fluid yet gutsy tone announcing his presence, while Bobby Shew blows hot and mature over the changes. Kentonian in scope, yet of the moment, this band must be a kick in person, with danceable melodies, layered percussion, and forceful punches punctuated by ragged blasts of hard-hitting trumpets. It is mostly loud, of course, but that is the nature of the beast. You cannot resist tapping your feet and swaying to the rhythms as you lose yourself in the contagious rhythms.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/11/2001
Label:
Enja
UPC:
0063757940227
catalogNumber:
9402

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Conexion Latina   Primary Artist
Bobby Shew   Trumpet
Duško Gojkovic   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Cesar Perez   Trombone
Javier Plaza   Guitar,Maracas,Vocals,Coro
Claus Reichstaller   Trumpet
Gil Kaupp   Trumpet
Felipe "Mandingo" Rengifo   Timbales
Adrian Mears   Trombone
Felipe Reugito   Campana
Peter Schwatlo   Trombone
Lutz Hafner   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Pablo Ramírez   Bongos,cowbell
Alberto Naranjo   Claves
YMA America Martinez   Vocals,Coro

Technical Credits

Marty Sheller   Arranger
Oscar Hernandez   Arranger
Matthias Winckelmann   Executive Producer
Rudi Fuesers   Producer
Arthur Johnston   Composer
Sam Coslow   Composer
Alberto Naranjo   Arranger,Contributor

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