Taken By Surprise

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Percussionist Norman Hedman's medium-sized combo is well named; it plays an engaging blend of salsa, Latin jazz, bomba, samba, and just about any other warm-climate dance idiom you can think of. The flute occasionally has a hard time getting in tune with the brass but, other than that, the sound is lush, sweet, and gently, percolatingly funky -- less a musical stew than a fruit salad. Hedman's influences include Cal Tjader and Armando Peraza, and while he also owes a clear debt to the big salsa bands, he deliberately avoids overwhelming the listener with too many layers of percussive polyrhythm. On tracks like "Pa' Bailar" and "Felicidad," Hedman effectively combines that...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Percussionist Norman Hedman's medium-sized combo is well named; it plays an engaging blend of salsa, Latin jazz, bomba, samba, and just about any other warm-climate dance idiom you can think of. The flute occasionally has a hard time getting in tune with the brass but, other than that, the sound is lush, sweet, and gently, percolatingly funky -- less a musical stew than a fruit salad. Hedman's influences include Cal Tjader and Armando Peraza, and while he also owes a clear debt to the big salsa bands, he deliberately avoids overwhelming the listener with too many layers of percussive polyrhythm. On tracks like "Pa' Bailar" and "Felicidad," Hedman effectively combines that strong sense of discipline with hot Cuban rhythms, and the result is all the more compelling for his ability to rein in the extravagance that sometimes mars other Latin jazz projects. Other highlights include the sweet and lovely "Soft Serenade" which has a background rhythm that hints at the Bahian drumming style and bassist/kalimba player Ron Monroe's deeply funky composition "Maurice." A must for fans of Latin jazz.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/14/2000
  • Label: Palmetto Records
  • UPC: 753957206598
  • Catalog Number: 2065

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 That Unpredictable Eugene (4:01)
  2. 2 Pa' Bailar (5:17)
  3. 3 Taken by Surprise (3:34)
  4. 4 Rudy's Mambo (5:15)
  5. 5 Felicidad (6:21)
  6. 6 Soft Serenade (5:51)
  7. 7 Can't Sell a Secret (5:47)
  8. 8 Light at the End of the Tunnel (7:56)
  9. 9 The One Left Behind (4:41)
  10. 10 Just for Ruby (4:56)
  11. 11 Maurice (5:16)
  12. 12 Rags to Riches (4:32)
  13. 13 The Message (1:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Norman Hedman Primary Artist, Percussion, Conga
Roger Byam Tenor Saxophone
Joe Gonzalez Bongos, Shekere
Ron Monroe Bass
Craig Rivers Flute
Ahmad Alaadeen Soprano Saxophone
Willie Martinez Timbales
A.J. Mantas Vibes
Misha Tsiganov Piano
Technical Credits
Norman Hedman Producer
Lou Holtzman Engineer
Butch Berman Executive Producer
Carlos A. Iramain Liner Notes
Misha Tsiganov Arranger
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