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Mardi Gras Mambo: Cubanismo! in New Orleans

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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
Reuniting the prodigal mambo of New Orleans with its Latin roots via the crack Havana dance band Cubanismo, Mardi Gras Mambo delivers a savory blend of R&B soul and Latin syncopation. Led by trumpeter Jesús Alemañy, Cubanismo bring a vast knowledge of son, mambo, cha-cha-chá, danzon and timba, while the N.O. players the Yockamo All Stars contribute second line marches, New Orleans R&B, hot jazz, smoky swamp blues, Mardi Gras Indian chants, and the vast musical gumbo of their own hometown which includes rap on "Rampart St. Rumba". Taking the Hawketts' title track as a logical point of departure, the group explore the history of Latin music and rhythms swapped ...
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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
Reuniting the prodigal mambo of New Orleans with its Latin roots via the crack Havana dance band Cubanismo, Mardi Gras Mambo delivers a savory blend of R&B soul and Latin syncopation. Led by trumpeter Jesús Alemañy, Cubanismo bring a vast knowledge of son, mambo, cha-cha-chá, danzon and timba, while the N.O. players the Yockamo All Stars contribute second line marches, New Orleans R&B, hot jazz, smoky swamp blues, Mardi Gras Indian chants, and the vast musical gumbo of their own hometown which includes rap on "Rampart St. Rumba". Taking the Hawketts' title track as a logical point of departure, the group explore the history of Latin music and rhythms swapped between Cuba and Louisiana. It's a legacy that has as much to do with piano and brass as it does with tropical beats -- from the rumba-styled piano of Jelly Roll Morton to the Havana brass of Louis Armstrong. The high point of this unilateral approach is "Shallow Water Suite," an elegaic number that draws its power from the rich African roots of Cuban rumba, gospel, jazz, and the music of the black "Indians," the feathered and bejeweled carnival societies of black New Orleans. Invoking "Iko Iko" and sacred Afro-Cuban chant, this impressionistic number conveys the poignant ties that bind all children of the African diaspora. But the boys in the band have some fun, too, from an elegant danzon treatment of "It Do Me Good," to the romantic back-alley bolero of "Nothing up My Sleeve," to rousing Latin treatments of Crescent City favorites such as "Mother In-Law." With bilingual lyrics and heart, soul, and sabor to spare, Mardi Gras Mambo is that rare groundbreaking album that's also irresistible pop.
All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
This album is the product of Cubanismo's self-professed love of New Orleans, also the city in which the band held its first concert. Jesus Alemany arranges the works here for his band in conjunction with a number of New Orleans resident players and singers. The result is often good, though it can be seemingly plagued by competition between the two major rhythmic thoughts, with the Cubans occasionally overpowering the residents or vice versa. In general, the best works are the ones written specifically for this project, with some of the more standard numbers falling by the wayside. The rap number also fails to some degree, with perhaps too many styles represented in a single work. Overall though, almost anything coming from Alemany's musical genius is worth listening to, and this is worthwhile as such, though perhaps mildly inferior to the purely Cuban albums Cubanismo, Reencarnacion.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/22/2000
  • Label: Hannibal
  • UPC: 031257144124
  • Catalog Number: 571441

Album Credits

Performance Credits
¡Cubanismo! Primary Artist
Tony Dagradi Baritone Saxophone
Mark Bingham Background Vocals
Herlin Riley Drums
Donald Harrison Alto Saxophone, Vocals
Reggie Houston Baritone Saxophone
Craig Klein Trombone
José Jerez Trumpet
Michael Skinkus Bata Drums
Wendell Brunious Trumpet
Jesús Alemañy Trumpet, Leader
Duchess Nell Catchpole Violin
Rolo Martinez Vocals
Topsy Chapman Vocals
Carlos Godinez Maracas, Claves, cowbell, Guiro
Cayetano Hingle Bass Drums
Glenn Patscha Piano
Efrain Rios Guitar, Background Vocals
Yosvany Terry Alto Saxophone, Vocals, Chekere
Emma Black Cello
Kaye Dorian Background Vocals
Fredy Omar Background Vocals
Jacqueline Norrie Violin
Tim Green Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
John Wood Engineer
Mark Bingham Producer, Engineer
Joe Boyd Producer, Liner Notes
Jerry Boys Engineer
Donald Harrison Arranger
Jesús Alemañy Arranger, Producer, Musical Director
Carol Bobolts Art Direction
Glenn Patscha Arranger
James Steinberg Illustrations
Yosvany Terry Arranger
Emily Lazar Mastering
Tim LeBlanc Engineer
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