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Manhattan Mambo
     

Manhattan Mambo

by Hilton Ruiz
 
The key to pianist Hilton Ruiz can be found in this album's two non-originals: Perez Prado's "Mambo Numero Cinco" and John Coltrane's "Impressions." An incredible pianist who cut his teeth during a four-year stand with that great jazz eccentric, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Ruiz has quietly been recording a series of exceptionally

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The key to pianist Hilton Ruiz can be found in this album's two non-originals: Perez Prado's "Mambo Numero Cinco" and John Coltrane's "Impressions." An incredible pianist who cut his teeth during a four-year stand with that great jazz eccentric, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Ruiz has quietly been recording a series of exceptionally well-focused Latin-jazz albums. A stellar two trumpet and saxophone front line -- Charlie Sepulveda, Papo Vazquez, and David Sanchez -- and five of New York's finest rhythm players, including bassist Andy Gonzalez, drummer Ignacio Berroa, and the stupendous conguero Giovanni Hidalgo, make up one of the most exceptional Latin-jazz ensembles heard in years. Ruiz handily controls things with a piano approach secure in its virtuosity -- there's none of the gratuitous showboating that often mars Latin-jazz piano dates. MANHATTAN MAMBO follows three exceptional, but unfortunately deleted, late-'80s Novus albums that featured a similar format but benefited from the novelty of the saxophone chair being held by the avant-garde grandmaster Sam Rivers.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Pianist Hilton Ruiz is heard with a superior group of musicians adept at playing both bebop and Latin jazz. With a front line of trumpeter Charlie Sepulveda, David Sanchez on tenor and trombonist Papo Vazquez in addition to four percussionists, Ruiz's nonet displays plenty of fire on a set of originals, Pérez Prado's "Mambo Numero Cinco" and John Coltrane's "Impressions."

Product Details

Release Date:
07/24/1992
Label:
Telarc
UPC:
0089408332227
catalogNumber:
83322
Rank:
188897

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hilton Ruiz   Primary Artist,Piano
Charlie Sepulveda   Trumpet
Giovanni Hidalgo   Conga,Gong,Voices,Bells,cowbell
Papo Vazquez   Trombone
Steve Berrios   Percussion,Drums,Timbales,cowbell
Ignacio Berroa   Drums,Timbales
Andy González   Bass,cowbell
Joe Gonzalez   Bongos,Chekere
Andrew Gonzalez   Bass
David Sanchez   Tenor Saxophone,Chekere
Angel Papo Vasquez   Trombone

Technical Credits

Hilton Ruiz   Contributor
Jack Renner   Engineer
John Snyder   Producer
Robert Woods   Producer,Executive Producer
Donald Elfman   Liner Notes
Anilda Carrasquillo   Cover Design
Ray Kirschensteiner   Art Direction

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