by Afro Blue Band


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The Afro Blue Band is actually a series of bands drawn from a pool of 15 musicians under the overall direction of saxophonist/Miami nightclub owner Arthur Barron, who has pulled a series of mostly hot Latin jazz performances out of the mix. Barron appears on most of the tracks, his workaday tenor and alto sharing the spotlight with the more coherent, impassioned work of Mario Rivera on soprano, tenor, flute, and cornet, Dave Liebman's soprano, Melton Mustafa's trumpet, Papo Vasquez's trombone, and Mel Martin's assortment of wind instruments. The only consistent anchors of these bands are Phoenix Rivera (Mario's son) on drums and Steve Neil on bass, who cook throughout the frequent personnel changes. The pianist is usually Hilton Ruiz, spelled on a few tracks by Mark Levine -- and the tough conga work is often in the hands of Jerry Gonzales. With a boiling clutter of Gonzales' Afro-Cuban percussion work, the collection starts off on the right foot with a great rendition of the title track; it sounds a bit like what Coltrane might have done with the tune had he included it on his "Kulu Se Mama" session. The band's inspiration, "Afro Blue," is also very hot, with Mario reaching toward the edge at the close. Overall, the revolving personnel is this album's strength; the frequent changes of texture and style keeps things fresh and unpredictable.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/20/1995
Label: Imports
UPC: 0025218923729
catalogNumber: 8923729
Rank: 132408

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Afro Blue Band   Primary Artist
Mark Levine   Piano
Mel Martin   Flute,Bass Clarinet,Alto Flute,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Hilton Ruiz   Piano
Jerry Gonzalez   Percussion,Conga,Flugelhorn
Steve Berrios   Conga,Bells,Claves
Glenn Cronkhite   Percussion,Cymbals
David Liebman   Soprano Saxophone
Melton Mustafa   Trumpet
Steve Neil   Bass
Mario Rivera   Flute,Cornet,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Timbales
Angel Papo Vasquez   Trombone
Lionel Cole   Synthesizer
Phoenix Rivera   Drums
Arthur Barron   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Nicole Yarling   Violin,Vocals

Technical Credits

Mark Levine   Contributor
Mel Martin   Contributor
Hilton Ruiz   Contributor
Jerry Gonzalez   Contributor
Todd Barkan   Producer,Liner Notes
Steve Berrios   Contributor
Glenn Cronkhite   Contributor
Mike Krowiak   Engineer
David Liebman   Contributor
Melton Mustafa   Contributor
Steve Neil   Contributor
Mario Rivera   Contributor
Angel Papo Vasquez   Contributor
Papo Vasquez   Contributor
Lionel Cole   Contributor
Phoenix Rivera   Contributor
Arthur Barron   Contributor
Nicole Yarling   Contributor

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