Passion Dance

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Latin jazz purists who cynically looked at Herb Alpert's classic Tijuana Brass hits as synthetic fluff may find themselves blown away by the raw, live ensemble energy of Passion Dance, a hearty fiesta disc which proves once and for all that the legendary hornman is a clever jazz improviser who can blow authentic Latin sounds in frameworks beyond lightweight pop. Last year's Jeff Lorber-produced comeback project, Second Wind, was a solid R&B-flavored effort, but featured too much of the keyboardist's trademark riffs and not enough Alpert. Lorber co-wrote "TKO," one of the snappiest jams here, but primarily, Alpert finds a more kinetic collaborator in ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Latin jazz purists who cynically looked at Herb Alpert's classic Tijuana Brass hits as synthetic fluff may find themselves blown away by the raw, live ensemble energy of Passion Dance, a hearty fiesta disc which proves once and for all that the legendary hornman is a clever jazz improviser who can blow authentic Latin sounds in frameworks beyond lightweight pop. Last year's Jeff Lorber-produced comeback project, Second Wind, was a solid R&B-flavored effort, but featured too much of the keyboardist's trademark riffs and not enough Alpert. Lorber co-wrote "TKO," one of the snappiest jams here, but primarily, Alpert finds a more kinetic collaborator in bassist/keyboardist Oskar Cartaya. While most of the cuts here are all out throw downs, the two strip down to muted trumpet and bass on the simmering "Baila Conmigo" for a sly game of cat and mouse. A few tunes even find Alpert trading off between that muted Miles effect and a bright, flashy flugelhorn flavor. He also has fun conjuring up the past with Stevie Wonder's "Creepin'," a new arrangement of Alpert's 1982 hit "Route 101," and a few Tijuana Brass riffs here and there.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/29/1997
  • Label: Almo Sounds
  • UPC: 705178001421
  • Catalog Number: 80014
  • Sales rank: 289,705

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 T.K.O. (4:09)
  2. 2 Slinky (4:49)
  3. 3 Beba (4:32)
  4. 4 Passion Dance (5:19)
  5. 5 Creepin' (4:21)
  6. 6 Qué Pasa Mr. Jones? (4:50)
  7. 7 Baila Conmigo (Dance with Me) (4:24)
  8. 8 Until We Meet Again (4:02)
  9. 9 Stormy Sunday (3:12)
  10. 10 Route 101 (4:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Herb Alpert Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Justo Almario Flute, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Lani Hall Vocals
Domingo Quiñones Vocals
Humberto Ramírez Trumpet
Johnny Rivera Vocals
Francisco Aguabella Bata
Eduardo del Barrio Strings
Tal Bergman Drums
Oskar Cartaya Bass, Keyboards, Vocals
Harry Kim Trumpet
Jerry Medina Vocals
Marc Quiñones Percussion, Bongos, Timbales
Joan Rotondi Piano
Otmaro Ruíz Keyboards
Michito Sánchez Conga
Ramon Stagnaro Guitar, Tres
Arturo Valesco Trombone
Walter Rodriguez Drums, Cajon, Shaker
Herb Albert Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Francisco "Nenge" Hernandez Bata
Technical Credits
Herb Alpert Arranger, Producer
Eduardo del Barrio Orchestration
Oskar Cartaya Arranger, Producer
Brian Gardner Mastering
Alan Meyerson Engineer
Bill Merryfield Art Direction
Ronnie Torres Engineer
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