Catch the Feeling

Catch the Feeling

by The Bronx Horns


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Catch the Feeling

The Bronx Horns; Bobby Porcelli (alto sax), Ray Vega (trumpet) and Mitch Frohman (tenor and soprano sax/flute), have (collectively) been the horn section for Mongo Santamaria and Tito Puente for the past decade. Now they step out with this recording rich of horns, bubbling of percussion. The rhythm section should be called "The Bronx Drums," they are as talented and potent as the frontmen. Jimmy and George Delgado (timbales and congas, respectively), and Johnny Rodriguez (bongos) comprise an unstoppable beat machine that both listeners and dancers can appreciate. Of the nine selections, three are crackling mambos. "Get Back In," written by Porcelli, is a reharmonization of the standard "You Stepped out of a Dream," where the horns indeed leap out of REM state into reality. Vega's lustrous trumpet playing shines, as pianist Oscar Hernandez lays out a neat montuno, then brightens "Mitch's Mambo" with his own prismatic light. The hotter jam, Vega's "Mambo Melani," has the horns trading fours incessantly. The happiest tune out of these many spirited numbers is the title track, written by Frohman, an exuberant, easy cha cha with outstanding original writing and execution. "Second Wind" is a songo montuno where Vega really cuts loose, "Teriaki" is a hotter clave comparsa, and the mozambique clave of "King Jacob" with Hernandez's "Milestones" montuno, jumping horns, and Delgado's hard edged timbales solo puts a definitive exclamation point on the set. But right before that the band expands to 11 pieces to do a strident, calm, paced but urgent ballad version of "Moody's Mood for Love," with the bass guitar of Johnny Torres singing on the segment originally vocalized by the female in Eddie Jefferson's interpretation, the horns pleading the male's case. Trumpeter Spanky Davis takes the trumpet solo instead of Vega. It's rare that you find any recording, Latin jazz or not, where there's no filler, no MSG, no letups. The Bronx Horns have made an epic CD as solid as one could be, rewarding upon repeated listenings, and a triumph for the musicians involved. If you can't catch this feeling, it's because you haven't yet found it. But you will.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/16/1999
Label: 32. Jazz Records
UPC: 0604123211024
catalogNumber: 32110

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bronx Horns   Primary Artist
Steve Giordano   Baritone Saxophone
Ignacio Berroa   Drums
Spanky Davis   Trumpet
Jimmy Delgado   Drums,Timbales
Mitch Frohman   Flute,Leader,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Ray Gonzales   Flugelhorn
Oscar Hernandez   Piano,Keyboards
Jose Madera   Bongos
Bobby Porcelli   Alto Saxophone
Johnny Torres   Bass
George Delgado   Percussion,Conga
Ray Vega   Percussion,Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Cucho Martínez   Bass
Chambo Wilson   Conga
Mike Colazzo   Bass

Technical Credits

James Moody   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Marty Sheller   Contributor
Ignacio Berroa   Contributor
Jimmy Delgado   Contributor
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Mitch Frohman   Arranger,Producer,Contributor,Executive Producer
Oscar Hernandez   Contributor
Jose Madera   Producer
Horacio Malvicino   Engineer,Executive Producer
Bobby Porcelli   Arranger,Contributor
Johnny Torres   Contributor
George Delgado   Contributor
Mikael Ifversen   Engineer
Ray Vega   Arranger,Contributor
David F. Rodriguez   Engineer
Joe Mannozzi   Arranger

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