River Is Deep

River Is Deep

by Jerry Gonzalez
     
 

Jerry Gonzalez, equally proficient at trumpet and congas, leads his Fort Apache Band through a live set concentrating on Latinized versions of bop standards and pieces directly from the Afro-Cuban santeria tradition. The bop pieces, Dizzy Gillespie's "Bebop" and See more details below

Overview

Jerry Gonzalez, equally proficient at trumpet and congas, leads his Fort Apache Band through a live set concentrating on Latinized versions of bop standards and pieces directly from the Afro-Cuban santeria tradition. The bop pieces, Dizzy Gillespie's "Bebop" and Bud Powell's "Parisian Thoroughfare," are given rough and tumble treatments, bobbing along on extensive percussion and tight arrangements. They feature some fine soloing from pianist Jorge Dalto and altoist Wilfredo Velez especially, the latter stretching things a bit beyond the changes. But the real highlights are the songs by vocalist Frankie Rodrigues, including the title track (though it's listed in Spanish as "Rio Esta Hondo"). The call and response of the singers over the crackling, extraordinarily complex rhythms of the percussionists is very exciting stuff, providing a unique sort of tension and release. The final cut, "Wawina Era Wo," makes the African part of Afro-Cuban crystal clear: a wonderful interlocking melody reminiscent of parts of Clifford Thornton's The Gardens of Harlem, with the horns and percussion in an intricate and heady dance. On the whole, The River Is Deep has perhaps a shade less bite than the preceding release, Ya Yo Me Cure on American Clave, but it's an invigorating session nonetheless. Recommended.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/24/1993
Label:
Enja
UPC:
0063757404026
catalogNumber:
4040

Tracks

  1. Introduction by Jerry Gonzalez  - Jerry Gonzalez
  2. Elegua  -  Jerry Gonzalez & the Fort Apache Band
  3. Bebop  -  Jerry Gonzalez & the Fort Apache Band
  4. Rio Esta Hondo  -  Jerry Gonzalez & the Fort Apache Band
  5. Guiro Apache  -  Jerry Gonzalez & the Fort Apache Band
  6. Parisian Thoroughfare  -  Jerry Gonzalez & the Fort Apache Band
  7. Wawina Era Wo  -  Jerry Gonzalez & the Fort Apache Band

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jerry Gonzalez   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Conga,Flugelhorn,Vocals,Bells,Track Performer,Coro
Jorge Dalto   Piano
Fort Apache Band   Track Performer
Steve Berrios   Drums,Vocals,Chekere,Bata,Coro,Shekere
Gene Golden   Conga,Bells,Chekere,Bata,Shekere
Andy González   Bass,Vocals,Coro
Andrew Gonzalez   Bass,Coro
Héctor Hernández   Conga,Chekere,Bata,Shekere
Nicky Marrero   Percussion,Timbales,Guataca
Edgardo Miranda   Guitar,cuatro
Steve Turre   Trombone,Bass Trombone
Angel Papo Vasquez   Trombone
Jerry Gonzalez & the Fort Apache Band   Trumpet,Conga,Flugelhorn,Bells,Coro
Wilfredo Velez   Alto Saxophone
Frankie Rodrigues   Conga,Vocals,Claves
Hector "Flaco" Hernandez   Conga,Chekere,Bata

Technical Credits

Jerry Gonzalez   Composer
Matthias Winckelmann   Producer,Audio Production
Jerry Gonzalez & the Fort Apache Band   Liner Notes
Fritz Hagl   Cover Painting
Reinhard Zwierlein   Engineer

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