Trancedance

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Conga player Ray Barretto's Trancedance is hardly a typical Latin affair, as the music is extremely wide-ranging, including 20th century classical works, classic jazz works from several decades, a pop hit, and originals by the leader. His core band consists of trumpeter John Bailey, pianist John Di Martino, saxophonist Adam Kolker, bassist Gregg August, and drummer Vince Cherico. Di Martino's intricate scoring of Monty Alexander's "Renewal" incorporating several guest Latin percussionists plus James Moody's magical flute is the perfect opener, followed by a similar lineup tackling the pianist's brisk arrangement of Randy Weston's "Hi-Fly." Kolker's inventive take of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Conga player Ray Barretto's Trancedance is hardly a typical Latin affair, as the music is extremely wide-ranging, including 20th century classical works, classic jazz works from several decades, a pop hit, and originals by the leader. His core band consists of trumpeter John Bailey, pianist John Di Martino, saxophonist Adam Kolker, bassist Gregg August, and drummer Vince Cherico. Di Martino's intricate scoring of Monty Alexander's "Renewal" incorporating several guest Latin percussionists plus James Moody's magical flute is the perfect opener, followed by a similar lineup tackling the pianist's brisk arrangement of Randy Weston's "Hi-Fly." Kolker's inventive take of Thelonious Monk's "'Round About Midnight" may be the most innovative since George Russell's famous recording of "'Round Midnight" on the Riverside release Ezz-Thetics. Kolker's intriguing approach to two segments of "The Grand Canyon Suite" "Sunset" and "On the Trail" find him interweaving his soprano sax with Moody's flute, while the Latin percussion fits right in with the loping gait of the donkeys in "Sunset." Kolker switches to tenor sax for a rather brisk rendition of "On the Trail." Transforming Peggy Lee's hit "Fever" into a Latin setting makes it even more sensuous, particularly with his come-hither soprano sax. All of Barretto's originals also merit praise, especially his tribute to the late conga player Tito Puente, who helped put the instrument on the map in jazz. This is easily one of Ray Barretto's best all-around recordings.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/28/2001
  • Label: Circular Moves
  • UPC: 016728700825
  • Catalog Number: 287008
  • Sales rank: 217,096

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Renewal - New World Spirit (6:43)
  2. 2 Hi-Fly - New World Spirit (6:03)
  3. 3 Trancedance - New World Spirit (8:07)
  4. 4 Para Que Niegas - New World Spirit (6:44)
  5. 5 I Remember Tito - New World Spirit (6:14)
  6. 6 The Grand Canyon Suite: Sunset/On the Trail - New World Spirit (7:13)
  7. 7 'Round About Midnight - New World Spirit (7:29)
  8. 8 Iberian Interlude - New World Spirit (5:48)
  9. 9 Fever - New World Spirit (5:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ray Barretto & the New World Spirit Primary Artist
Ray Barretto Indexed Contributor, Conga, Vocals
James Moody Flute, Alto Saxophone
Adam Kolker Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Sanabria Percussion
Vince Cherico Drums
John Di Martino Piano
Johannes Weidenmüller Bass
New World Spirit Track Performer
John Bailey Trumpet
Technical Credits
Ray Barretto Producer, Liner Notes
Adam Kolker Arranger
Nick Prout Mastering
Jean-Jacques Pussiau Producer
Daniel Richard Executive Producer
Joseph Marciano Engineer
John Di Martino Arranger
Ferde Grofé Composer
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