Paradise

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All Music Guide - Evan C. Gutierrez
In this Puente-esque big-band Latino recording, trumpeter Humberto Ram?rez leads a group of some of the most recognizable names in Latin jazz. With a rhythm section composed of percussionists Alex Acu?a and Richie Flores teamed with famed pianist Papo Lucca and veteran bass player Rub?n Rodr?guez, the grooves are aggressive and tight. The interplay between Flores' congas and Lucca's signature montuno is at times dizzying. The horn arrangements, all penned by Ram?rez, swirl and churn like a tropical storm, particularly on the bright, surging Puente tribute "To the King." There is some inconsistency in both the quality of the arrangements and the sincerity of the ...
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All Music Guide - Evan C. Gutierrez
In this Puente-esque big-band Latino recording, trumpeter Humberto Ramírez leads a group of some of the most recognizable names in Latin jazz. With a rhythm section composed of percussionists Alex Acuña and Richie Flores teamed with famed pianist Papo Lucca and veteran bass player Rubén Rodríguez, the grooves are aggressive and tight. The interplay between Flores' congas and Lucca's signature montuno is at times dizzying. The horn arrangements, all penned by Ramírez, swirl and churn like a tropical storm, particularly on the bright, surging Puente tribute "To the King." There is some inconsistency in both the quality of the arrangements and the sincerity of the performances. The listener will be blown away one moment by the orchestra's all-out bad-boy funkiness, and underwhelmed the next by an Ovaltine-sipping, horn-rimmed glasses-wearing geeky arrangement. The group sounds razor sharp on one track and ramshackle loose on the next. Inconsistencies notwithstanding, Paradise is a very enjoyable album. There are not many groups today performing Latin jazz with true big-band flavor, and Ramírez's orchestra has that in spades.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/15/2005
  • Label: Aj Records
  • UPC: 710337115727
  • Catalog Number: 71157

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 El Ministro (5:46)
  2. 2 Babarabatiri (6:20)
  3. 3 Paradise (5:08)
  4. 4 Nica's Dream (5:35)
  5. 5 To the King (4:34)
  6. 6 Bluessette (5:20)
  7. 7 Easy Time (5:30)
  8. 8 Cohesion (5:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Humberto Ramírez Primary Artist, Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Justo Almario Alto Saxophone
Charlie Sepulveda Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Alex Acuña Drums
Richie Flores Conga
Danny Fuentes Trombone
Papo Lucca Piano
Miguel Rivera Trombone
Raffi Torres Trombone
Hector Veneros Tenor Saxophone
Angel "Angie" Machado Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Jose Encarnacion Tenor Saxophone
Freddy Miranda Alto Saxophone
Antonio Vazquez Trombone
Juancito Torres Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Jose "Che" Vega Percussion
Rubén Rodríguez Bass
Luis Rafael Torres Baritone Saxophone
Javier Oquendo Bongos
Technical Credits
Humberto Ramírez Arranger, Composer, Director, Producer
Jose Luis Estrada Engineer
Mark Holston Liner Notes
Gerardo Lopez Engineer
Héctor Ivan Rosa Engineer
Jose D. Nunez Recording Assistant
Anibal Jover Executive Producer
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