Treasures

Treasures

by Humberto Ramírez
     
 

Humberto Ramìrez is not of average Latin jazz pedigree. Having come from a straight-up salsa background alongside Willie Rosario before moving on to produce and arrange for other RMM salsa artists, is not standard fare for New York Latin jazzers, who tend to be East Coast conservatory fare these days. Is it any surprise, then, that hisSee more details below

Overview

Humberto Ramìrez is not of average Latin jazz pedigree. Having come from a straight-up salsa background alongside Willie Rosario before moving on to produce and arrange for other RMM salsa artists, is not standard fare for New York Latin jazzers, who tend to be East Coast conservatory fare these days. Is it any surprise, then, that his Latin jazz releases, like 1998's Treasures, would be as different as his background? The band sound is much closer to a pop or smooth jazz release, with compressed, focused instrumental tone and no-holding-back grooves. This ensemble would not go over well in an intimate night club. The personnel is similarly salsero heavy, not seeming to draw on the small pool of sidemen that most N.Y. Latin jazz records are limited to. The playing itself is generally good but not mind-blowing. It's the arranging that's truly special, which should come as no surprise. Though Ramìrez' improvisational prowess is nothing to sneeze at, his tasteful writing and intuitive musical sense as a leader is where his mastery lies. Throw different kinds of players with a different type of bandleader and a different kind of label (RMM typically doesn't do jazz) and it should be no surprise that Treasures is a whole new kind of record.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/02/1998
Label:
Rmm Records
UPC:
0602828219529
catalogNumber:
82195

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Humberto Ramírez   Primary Artist,Percussion,Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Background Vocals
Justo Almario   Tenor Saxophone
Domingo Quiñones   Vocals
Ray Sepúlveda   Vocals
Johnny Rivera   Vocals
Tito Allen   Background Vocals
Jesus Caunedo   Alto Saxophone
Danny Fuentes   Trombone
Miguel Rivera   Trombone
David Rosado   Timbales
Hector Veneros   Tenor Saxophone
Primi Cruz   Background Vocals
Jose Encarnacion   Tenor Saxophone
Ernesto Sanchez   Baritone Saxophone
Angel Torres   Alto Saxophone
Luis Marin   Piano
Gamalier González   Trombone
Tito de Garcia   Bongos
Paoli Mejias   Percussion,Conga
Pepe Jimenez   Drums

Technical Credits

Humberto Ramírez   Arranger,Producer
Jose Luis Estrada   Engineer
Gerardo Lopez   Engineer
Ralph Mercado   Executive Producer
Phil Austin   Mastering

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