The River Is Deep

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All Music Guide - Brian Olewnick
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Brian Olewnick
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: 6/24/1993
  • Label: Enja
  • UPC: 063757404026
  • Catalog Number: 4040
  • Sales rank: 124,628

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Introduction by Jerry Gonzalez - Jerry Gonzalez & the Fort Apache Band (0:27)
  2. 2 Elegua - Jerry Gonzalez & the Fort Apache Band (2:06)
  3. 3 Bebop - Jerry Gonzalez & the Fort Apache Band (11:38)
  4. 4 Rio Esta Hondo - Jerry Gonzalez & the Fort Apache Band (6:32)
  5. 5 Guiro Apache - Jerry Gonzalez & the Fort Apache Band (1:47)
  6. 6 Parisian Thoroughfare - Jerry Gonzalez & the Fort Apache Band (13:07)
  7. 7 Wawina Era Wo - Jerry Gonzalez & the Fort Apache Band (6:48)
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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
Nick Drake Composer
Jerry Gonzalez Composer
Terry Kath 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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