Rumba Para Monk

Rumba Para Monk

by Jerry Gonzalez
     
 
In the 1980s, percussionist-trumpeter Jerry Gonzalez put together one of the most scintillating of all Latin jazz ensembles, the Fort Apache Band. Rumba Para Monk showcases an abbreviated version of that unit -- Gonzalez, percussionist Steve Berrios, pianist Larry Willis, bassist (and brother) Andy Gonzalez, and saxophonist Carter

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In the 1980s, percussionist-trumpeter Jerry Gonzalez put together one of the most scintillating of all Latin jazz ensembles, the Fort Apache Band. Rumba Para Monk showcases an abbreviated version of that unit -- Gonzalez, percussionist Steve Berrios, pianist Larry Willis, bassist (and brother) Andy Gonzalez, and saxophonist Carter Jefferson -- in a match made in heaven: the compositions of Thelonious Monk juiced up with Afro-Cuban rhythms. Monk's tunes are all about rhythm -- if you don't pay attention to this jazz innovator's unique rhythmic dragline, his tunes will pull you under -- and the exuberant rumba, guiro, ofere, son montuno, and clave rhythms impart fresh nuances to the familiar repertoire. After this album, Monk would become a fashionable choice for Latin jazz bands -- Panamanian pianist Danilo Perez even titled a fine album Panamonk -- but few have ever nailed the music with such pure Monkian spirit as Gonzalez and company.

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Jerry Gonzalez has referred to himself as being "bilingual" in that he is equally skilled on trumpet and congas, in bebop and in Latin music. Gonzalez succeeds in his goal of combining the two idioms without watering down either style on this essential Sunnyside CD. The first Afro-Cuban Thelonious Monk tribute has plenty of spots for the percussion of Steve Berrios and Gonzalez, but also contains many strong solos from the leader's often-muted Miles-influenced trumpet, Carter Jefferson's tenor, and Larry Willis' very un-Monk-like piano. With the exception of "Ugly Beauty," the Latin percussion is an integral part of each performance, giving this set of Monk tunes a very different perspective that is also quite flexible. A highly enjoyable set with the highlights including "Bye-Ya," "Nutty," "Little Rootie Tootie," and "Jackie-ing."

Product Details

Release Date:
11/01/1995
Label:
Sunny Side
UPC:
0016728103626
catalogNumber:
1036
Rank:
109574

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