Ritmo de la Noche/Rhythm of the Night: The Very Best of Latin Jazz

Ritmo de la Noche/Rhythm of the Night: The Very Best of Latin Jazz

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"The Very Best of Latin Jazz" is a concept that could fill a box set, even if you limited it to just the Columbia vaults, as this single-disc anthology does. This survey -- maybe it's not meant to be all-encompassing, but they bring that onus upon themselves by using the title "The Very Best of Latin Jazz" -- has shortcomings for those looking for something even… See more details below

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"The Very Best of Latin Jazz" is a concept that could fill a box set, even if you limited it to just the Columbia vaults, as this single-disc anthology does. This survey -- maybe it's not meant to be all-encompassing, but they bring that onus upon themselves by using the title "The Very Best of Latin Jazz" -- has shortcomings for those looking for something even basically along those lines. First, although several major names are represented in this 16-song collection, not all of them are captured at their peaks. Mongo Santamaria's "Watermelon Man" was seminal, but this is a 1965 version, not his 1963 Top Ten hit single recording. Astrud Gilberto is heard in a cut from a 1971 album with Stanley Turrentine, instead of via a sample of her 1960s prime. Stan Getz's "Eu Vim da Bahia" is likewise of a too-late vintage, 1974. Also, however, there are a number of songs by artists that are more crossovers into Latin jazz than they are performances by thoroughbred Latin jazz artists, including selections by Hank Crawford, Stanley Turrentine, Al DiMeola, and Santana (whose "Samba de Sausalito" is admittedly one of the better songs). That's something that should be welcomed as part of such an anthology, but not when earlier Latin jazz pioneers like Xavier Cugat and Machito -- both, curiously enough, honored with fine Columbia/Legacy compilations at the same time of this release -- don't appear on this disc at all. But most importantly, too much of this is poppy, fusiony Latin jazz crossover. It might sound like the carping of an old fuddy-dud, but generally the later the year, the less interesting the performance, and there are several post-early-'70s outings here. There are just too few cuts here that are a gas to hear, as the best of Latin jazz should be, like Herbie Mann's "Senor Blues" and Cachao's "A Gozar Con Mi Combo."

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/01/2008
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886972396620
catalogNumber:
723966
Rank:
99889

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Oliver Nelson   Conductor

Technical Credits

Michael Shrieve   Producer
Tom Coster   Producer
Paquito d'Rivera   Producer
Stan Getz   Producer
Gilberto Gil   Composer
Herbie Hancock   Composer
Oliver Nelson   Arranger
Arturo Sandoval   Producer
José Chepitó Areas   Composer
Billy Banks   Producer
di Meola   Producer
Richard Eddy   Producer
Charles Fishman   Producer
Andy García   Producer
Ron Saint Germain   Producer
Helen Keane   Producer
Chuck Loeb   Producer
Joseph M. Palmaccio   Mastering
Creed Taylor   Producer
Bob Mersey   Producer
Carlos Santana   Producer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Izzy Sanabria   Cover Design
Márcio Borges   Composer
Paul De Barros   Liner Notes
Triana DOrazio   Packaging Manager

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