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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
The brothers Gonzales, trumpeter/conguero Jerry and bassist Andy, and their dauntless sextet, the Fort Apache Band, serve up an enigmatic collection of pensive Latin jazz that, for all of its intelligence and musicality, just misses ignition. Perhaps one reason for this is Gonzales' often subdued trumpet and flugelhorn; another is the extensive overdubbing of the percussion instruments at the cost of the spontaneity and fire of Latin rhythms interlocking on the spot. Things come almost to a dead halt with the drifting, eight-minute "A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing" -- just ethereal solo horns over Larry Willis' piano -- and on the final duet track, "Ruby, My Dear." ...
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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
The brothers Gonzales, trumpeter/conguero Jerry and bassist Andy, and their dauntless sextet, the Fort Apache Band, serve up an enigmatic collection of pensive Latin jazz that, for all of its intelligence and musicality, just misses ignition. Perhaps one reason for this is Gonzales' often subdued trumpet and flugelhorn; another is the extensive overdubbing of the percussion instruments at the cost of the spontaneity and fire of Latin rhythms interlocking on the spot. Things come almost to a dead halt with the drifting, eight-minute "A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing" -- just ethereal solo horns over Larry Willis' piano -- and on the final duet track, "Ruby, My Dear." Nevertheless, one can savor the intriguing triple horn voicings on "Midnight Train" and "Heidi Ho," and "Gonzilla" is a studio tour de force of multiple trumpets, all played by Jerry, with a muted one above wild African drumming.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/10/1995
  • Label: Milestone
  • UPC: 025218924221
  • Catalog Number: 9242

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Give It Some Thought (6:40)
  2. 2 Dance Cadaverous (5:14)
  3. 3 Midnight Train (9:08)
  4. 4 Gonzilla (1:53)
  5. 5 So Near, So Far (4:44)
  6. 6 A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing (8:07)
  7. 7 Jungle Plum (2:09)
  8. 8 Heidi Ho (6:55)
  9. 9 Ruby, My Dear (6:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jerry Gonzalez & the Fort Apache Band Primary Artist, Track Performer
Jerry Gonzalez Indexed Contributor, Trumpet, Conga, Flugelhorn, Cheng
Larry Willis Piano
Steve Berrios Percussion, Drums, Marimbas
Joe Ford Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Andy González Bass
John Stubblefield Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Larry Willis Arranger
Fort Apache Band Arranger
Todd Barkan Producer
Steve Berrios Arranger
Richard Corsello Engineer
Joe Ford Arranger
Benny Green Composer
Stephen Hart Engineer
John Stubblefield Arranger
Michael Semanick Engineer
Phil Carroll Art Direction
Felipe Luciano Liner Notes
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