Los Hombres Calientes, Vol. 1

Los Hombres Calientes, Vol. 1

by Los Hombres Calientes: Irving Mayfield & Bill Summers

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Los Hombres Calientes, Vol. 1

Hombres Calientes ("The Hot Men") are actually pretty cool. With a spare sound straight out of the Afro-Cuban and jazz traditions, they prove capable of boiling the pot when called upon. They consist of young trumpeter Irvin Mayfield, veteran percussionist Bill Summers, and the youngest member of the Marsalis family, drummer Jason. Bassist David Pulphus, percussionist/vocalist Yvette Bostic-Summers (Bill's wife), and the especially tasteful pianist Victor Atkins III join in for added depth and spice. There are no writing credits on the disc, but it seems that Mayfield wrote or co-wrote eight of the ten tracks, with Summers contributing on eight and Marsalis on four. Though aligned with Wynton Marsalis, Mayfield shows a definite Dizzy Gillespie influence on "Rhumba Para Jason," starting slow and speeding up considerably in the last minute. "Victor el Rojo" is a mid-tempo heater, and an easy version of the jazz standard "After You've Gone" shows Mayfield's feet firmly planted in both cool jazz and Cuban melodicism. The group is at its hottest and most communal on "Rompe Saraguey" and "Irvin's Crisis," which features a stop-start melody reminiscent of Thelonious Monk's "Evidence." Mayfield turns a snippet of a melody into a descarga for "Bill's Q Yvette," and the "Oye Como Va"-like "El Barrio" features Bill Summers on vocals. Atkins really lays his influences on the table for all to hear with the elegant ballad "Stardust," and goes from McCoy Tyner-ish modalism to Eddie Palmieri-style montuno freneticism on "Pulphus' Final Frontier." This is a good first effort, and it seems as if Hombres Calientes are committed to being a living, working band.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/30/1998
Label: Basin Street Records
UPC: 0652905020128
catalogNumber: 201

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hombres Calientes: Irving Mayfield & Bill Summers   Primary Artist
Bill Summers   Percussion,Vocals
Roland Guerin   Bass
Phillip Manuel   Background Vocals
Jason Marsalis   Drums
Cyril Neville   Bongos,Vocals
Irvin Mayfield   Trumpet
Rhonda "Mama Efuru" Johnson   Background Vocals
David Pulphus   Bass

Technical Credits

George Coleman   Composer
Bill Summers   Producer,Engineer
Ray Obiedo   Composer
D.D. Jackson   Composer
Diana Thornton   Graphic Design
Irvin Mayfield   Producer
Jonathan Tabak   Liner Notes
Tom Thompson   Executive Producer

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