Last Bullfighter

Last Bullfighter

by Jazz on the Latin Side All Stars
     
 

The first studio recording by L.A.'s Latin jazz group nonpareil is also the first on leader José Rizo's Saungú label. The name derives from tenor sax man Justo Almario's Spanish-accented approval, "Sounds good." And The Last Bullfighter sounds good, indeed. This is Latin jazz that kicks like a two-ton side of beef with an attitude. Rizo, the popular host atSee more details below

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The first studio recording by L.A.'s Latin jazz group nonpareil is also the first on leader José Rizo's Saungú label. The name derives from tenor sax man Justo Almario's Spanish-accented approval, "Sounds good." And The Last Bullfighter sounds good, indeed. This is Latin jazz that kicks like a two-ton side of beef with an attitude. Rizo, the popular host at KKJZ radio in Los Angeles, convened the group four years ago, releasing two well-received live albums. Normally, the power of a live, improvising ensemble is captured best in the moment, but JLS goes against the grain. The rich, attack-heavy studio sound (courtesy of producers Rizo and Daniel Torres) is electrifying, and the drama is heightened by Rizo's compostions. The title track, for example, merges Andalusian drama with brawny soloing from Almario; the opener, a salute to Dizzy Gillespie's "Bebop," is powered by Alex Acuña's masterful drumming and fittingly volatile trumpet from Francisco Torres, who also arranged. Notable are the JLS rhythm team of congueros Poncho Sanchez and veteran Afro-Cuban master Francisco Aguabella, the latter getting his chance to shine on Rizo's "Sun God." Add in "Justo's Trane Ride," a tip of the hat by Almario to John Coltrane, complete with snatches of "A Love Supreme," and you have a set of Latin jazz that grooves hard, deep, and extra spicy. ¡Saungú!

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Evan C. Gutierrez
After two records, both of which were produced by the same live concert, Jazz on the Latin Side All Stars set out with a new label, a new musical director, and a new idea for their third album. Some may even consider this a sophomore release because of the nature of the first and second. Packed with individual character and a new aesthetic, The Last Bullfighter marks a new direction from this genuinely all-star group. Having been recorded in the studio instead of in a club, with a live and enthusiastic audience, makes a big difference. The fidelity is far superior to the previous two discs, and because of the controlled context, the arrangements are much more complex and interesting. The masterful and intricate horn arranging was done by trombonist Francisco Torres, who went from just an arranging credit on the first two records to arranger/musical director/producer on Bullfighter. Unfortunately, much of the vivacious, joyful quality captured in the club -- thanks to both the live crowd and the loose, descarga-style feeling of the music -- is lost. There is a feeling that the All Stars went from a neighborhood jam session to Carnegie Hall. It's good to play Carnegie Hall, but it's not the same. The musicianship throughout the record is truly fantastic, and the careful, measured approach toward arranging may prove more palatable to some than the previous record's loose, free, and sometimes frazzled energy. Hopefully, Latin jazz audiences can look forward to more from Jazz on the Latin Side All Stars, as they are one of the finer groups of their kind, studio precision and club frenzy alike.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/15/2004
Label:
Saungu
UPC:
0897904000010
catalogNumber:
1
Rank:
224908

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jazz on the Latin Side All Stars   Primary Artist
Justo Almario   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Alex Acuña   Drums,Soloist,Palittos
Francisco Aguabella   Conga,Quinto
Sal Cracchiolo   Trumpet,Muted Trumpet
Freddie Crespo   Vocals,Claves
John Crespo   Percussion,Vocals
Ramon Flores   Trumpet,Soloist
Eric Jorgensen   Trombone,Soloist
Danilo Lozano   Flute,Vocals,Soloist
Scott Martin   Baritone Saxophone
Alfredo Rolando Ortiz   Percussion,Bongos,Vocals,Guiro
Ricardo "Tiki" Pasillas   Timbales
Michito Sánchez   Bongos,Conga
Poncho Sanchez   Conga
Francisco Torres   Trombone,Soloist,Musical Direction
Arturo Valesco   Trombone,Soloist
Paco Sanchez   Conga
Pablo Mendez   Violin
Donald Vega   Piano,Soloist
Jose "Joey" de Leon   Percussion,Conga,Vocals,Chekere
Luis Eric González   Trumpet
Rene Camacho   Bass,Soloist
Robert Incelli   Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Branly   Timbales,Soloist
Victor Baez   Bongos
Jose Ramon Flores   Trumpet
Johnny Crespo   Percussion,Vocals

Technical Credits

Dizzy Gillespie   Composer
Lee Morgan   Composer
Alex Acuña   Arranger
Freddie Crespo   Composer
Marcelino Guerra   Composer
Paul Lopez   Arranger,Composer
Danilo Lozano   Producer
Alfredo Rolando Ortiz   Composer
David Torres   Arranger
Francisco Torres   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production
José Rizo   Producer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer,Audio Production
Dan Blessinger   Engineer,Mastering
Rosendo Ruíz   Composer
Robert Incelli   Arranger,Composer

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