Que Viva Coltrane

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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
Trombonist Conrad Herwig has already proved that modern jazz classics can be “Latin-ized” without losing their power and authenticity. His other 2004 recording, Another Kind of Blue, reworked Miles Davis’s masterpiece Kind of Blue for a propulsive Latin jazz ensemble. In tandem with trumpeter Brian Lynch, Herwig now tackles the work of the epochal saxophonist John Coltrane. Employing a superb group of players including saxophonist Mario Rivera, pianist Edsel Gomez, and conga drum virtuoso Richie Flores, the co-leaders both of whom are noted stylists themselves transform such iconic Coltrane material as “Central Park West,” “Locomotion,” “Miles' Mode,” and “Lonnie’s ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
Trombonist Conrad Herwig has already proved that modern jazz classics can be “Latin-ized” without losing their power and authenticity. His other 2004 recording, Another Kind of Blue, reworked Miles Davis’s masterpiece Kind of Blue for a propulsive Latin jazz ensemble. In tandem with trumpeter Brian Lynch, Herwig now tackles the work of the epochal saxophonist John Coltrane. Employing a superb group of players including saxophonist Mario Rivera, pianist Edsel Gomez, and conga drum virtuoso Richie Flores, the co-leaders both of whom are noted stylists themselves transform such iconic Coltrane material as “Central Park West,” “Locomotion,” “Miles' Mode,” and “Lonnie’s Lament” into spicy Latin-flavored set pieces that maintain the compositional appeal of the originals while infusing them with new rhythmic life. Coltrane may never have delved into Latin jazz during his career, but Herwig and Lynch provide plenty of assurance that he certainly could have.
All Music Guide - Evan C. Gutierrez
What more could Latin jazz fans ask for, seriously? Not only are all the players just this side of top guns, they have been playing together in the same group for just shy of ten years. An all-star lineup and the genuine synergy that comes with regular collaboration do not happen often. When they do, well, it's clave magic. Pianist Edsel Gomez's playing is sly and intuitive. Bassist John Benítez, whose Descarga in New York could be one of the decade's most defining Latin jazz records, is strong and confident. Richie Flores is the genre's most underappreciated conguero, and his playing is typically incendiary. Robby Ameen is, of course, among the most in-demand drummers on the scene, and his playing is dazzling as always. Brian Lynch has a voice all his own, and of course Conrad Herwig is one of modern jazz's most influential trombonists. This being Herwig's second go at the Coltrane songbook, the obvious choices are done with, leaving him some gems that were hidden slightly below the surface of public interest. "Lonnie's Lament" is masterfully arranged and funky enough to make your hair stand on end. "Countdown" is at times both graceful and storming. Que Viva Coltrane is a fantastic addition to Herwig's Latin body of work.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/2004
  • Label: Criss Cross
  • EAN: 8712474125425
  • Catalog Number: 1254
  • Sales rank: 218,391

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lonnie's Lament (7:40)
  2. 2 Miles Mode (9:55)
  3. 3 Wise One (8:02)
  4. 4 Countdown (8:13)
  5. 5 Central Park West (5:08)
  6. 6 Grand Central (7:55)
  7. 7 Straight Street (5:51)
  8. 8 Locomotion (10:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Conrad Herwig Primary Artist, Trombone
Brian Lynch Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Robby Ameen Drums
John Benítez Bass, Double Bass
Richie Flores Conga
Mario Rivera Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Edsel Gomez Piano
Technical Credits
Brian Lynch Arranger, Liner Notes
John Coltrane Composer
Conrad Herwig Arranger, Liner Notes
Gerry Teekens Producer, Cover Design, Audio Production
Max Bolleman Engineer
H. Bloemendaal Cover Design
K. Hasselpflug Executive Producer
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