Vol. 5: Carnival

Vol. 5: Carnival

by Los Hombres Calientes: Irving Mayfield & Bill Summers



Vol. 5: Carnival of this hopefully never-ending series takes the idea of Carnival and fashions an entire lengthy album of fusions of nearly every kind of music at their fingertips. As always, trumpeter Irvin Mayfield, percussion guru Bill Summers and company fling themselves from their home base in New Orleans to all over the Caribbean and clear over the pond into Africa in search of new cross-pollinations of sounds and rhythms. Drawing upon experience from previous volumes, some of the tracks are separated by interludes (such as "Ewesi Para Hevioso" and "Alakati Owo") that delve into the deepest African strains within Cuban music. In the interest of touching as many bases as possible, Mayfield even makes a swerve into New Orleans funk in "James Booker" with heavy-handed piano help from Ronald Markham. The idea might have been to stage a fictional meeting between Booker and Lee Morgan, yet it doesn't quite lift off. But "George Porter" has a more convincing, rolling Crescent City second-line feeling, and "Rojo's Revenge" takes a lighter funk route, with detours into salsa. "The Mardi Gras Second Line" is a deliciously noisy controlled riot, with lots of talkin' and whooping in the background. "Cubacajun Carnival" leans more toward Cuba than Louisiana, with some early Dizzy-style horn from Mayfield, yet the co-leader generously gives the high-wire act over to trumpeter Bernard E. Floyd on the rhumba-flavored title track. "Mardi Gras Bayou" is a joyously grooving thing that mixes in rhythms from the Brazilian interior -- and that leads directly into "Carnival Kongo," which goes straight into the heart of guitar-driven West Coast Afro-pop. So this turns out to be an energetic journey from Cuba at the start to Africa at the finish -- the historical path of Afro-Cuban jazz music in reverse.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/15/2005
Label: Basin Street Records
UPC: 0652905020623
catalogNumber: 206

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hombres Calientes: Irving Mayfield & Bill Summers   Primary Artist
Diblo Dibala   Guitar,Vocals
Bill Summers   Percussion,Vocals,Djembe,Coro,Iya,Okonkolo,Itotele
Kermit Ruffins   Vocals,Narrator
Victor Atkins   Piano
Phillip Manuel   Vocals
Derrick Moss   Bass Drums
George Porter   Bass
Shannon Powell   Tambourine
Kenyatta Simon   Bells,Djembe,Shekere
Stephen Walker   Trombone
Leonard Brown   Trumpet
John Boutté   Vocals
Edwin Livingston   Bass
Brice Winston   Tenor Saxophone
Carlos Henríquez   Bass
Irvin Mayfield   Trumpet,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Wurlitzer
Ronald Markham   Piano,Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer
Rashida Johnson   Itotele
Michaela Harrison   Coro
Big Sexy   Snare Drums
Tyrone Henry   Jun-Jun
Rick Sebastian   Drums
Steve Walker & the Bold   Trombone
Bernard E. Floyd   Trumpet
Devin Phillips   Tenor Saxophone
Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews   Trombone,Tuba

Technical Credits

Diblo Dibala   Composer
Bill Summers   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Horn Arrangements,rhythm arrangement,Audio Production
Rebirth Brass Band   Sound Effects
Victor Atkins   Composer
Gumbi Ortiz   Composer
Kenyatta Simon   Composer,rhythm arrangement
S. Walker   Composer
Leonard Brown   Composer,Horn Arrangements
Irvin Mayfield   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Mark Samuels   Executive Producer
Tyrone Henry   rhythm arrangement
Rick Sebastian   Composer
Steve Walker & the Bold   Horn Arrangements
Mardi Gras Indians   Contributor

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