Maria Juanez

Maria Juanez

by Brad Leali
     
 

Brad Leali's second TCB CD (and third as a leader) is an impressive outing, very much in the tradition of Dizzy Gillespie's best Afro-Cuban jazz big bands, though the alto saxophonist has very much found his own voice. The leader's "Special K" proves to be a potent opener, though Jon Faddis' solo isSee more details below

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Brad Leali's second TCB CD (and third as a leader) is an impressive outing, very much in the tradition of Dizzy Gillespie's best Afro-Cuban jazz big bands, though the alto saxophonist has very much found his own voice. The leader's "Special K" proves to be a potent opener, though Jon Faddis' solo is strangely mixed in the background rather than being prominent like Leali's sizzling alto. His title track begins with a narrative argument between him and a female who is evidently departing, which gets a bit tiresome but fades as a swinging samba brings in the full band. The great Frank Foster arranged Leali's "Priority Soul," a slinky soul-jazz number, while Claus Raible revives the late Lee Morgan's overlooked hard bop gem "Seconds Best" with a percolating chart. Tommy James' inventive scoring of "The Pink Panther" is a bit darker than in its typical settings but swings like mad, driven by the superb brass and reed ensemble work. This is a fun session and it should be of great interest to fans of Latin jazz and bop.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/08/2007
Label:
Tcb Music
UPC:
0725095269025
catalogNumber:
26902

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Brad Leali   Primary Artist,Leader,Alto Saxophone,Vocals
Jon Faddis   Trumpet
Derrick Gardner   Trumpet,Conductor
Joe Gonzalez   Percussion
Mark Gross   Flute,Alto Saxophone
Jack Jeffers   Bass Trombone
Ben Wolfe   Bass
Alvester Garnett   Drums,Soloist
Vincent Gardner   Trombone,Soloist
Rick Germanson   Piano,Soloist
Jason Jackson   Trombone
Sean Jones   Trumpet,Soloist
Keith Loftis   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Claus Raible   Piano,Soloist
Grant Langford   Tenor Saxophone
Tia Fuller   Flute,Alto Saxophone
Kevin Louis   Trumpet,Soloist
Jason Brown   Drums
Maximilian Swieger   Baritone Saxophone
Sister Helen Leali   Vocals
Flor Marina Gomez   Vocals
Reverend Charles E. Leali   Vocals
Frank Green   Trumpet
Dion Tucker   Trombone

Technical Credits

Henry Mancini   Composer
Quincy Jones   Composer
Frank Foster   Arranger
Derrick Gardner   Arranger
Brad Leali   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Peter Schmidlin   Executive Producer
Dennis Jeter   Producer,Audio Production
Bill Lee   Arranger
Claus Raible   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Tommy Jones   Arranger

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