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La Habana Vive 
1. Noticias de Cuba
2. Porque Soy Rumbero
3. De la Habana a Bahia
4. Tony's Cha Cha Cha
5. Coltrane My Giant
7. Reconciliacion II
8. Elegba, A
9. Habana Vive, La
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 0000005026
Tony Martinez & Cuban Latin Jazz: Tony Martinez (alto & tenor saxophones, flute, piano, keyboards); Mathieu Michel (trumpet, flugelhorn); Julio Padron (trumpet, background vocals); Cesar Correa (piano, keyboards); Eduardo "Dudu" Penz (bass, percussion); Julio Barreto (drums, percussion); Alejandro Paneta (congas, percussion, campana, guiro)
Additional personnel: Leandro Saint-Hill (tenor saxophone); Mario "El Indio" Hernandez (trumpet); Gonzalo Rubalcaba (piano, keyboards); Marcel Shefer (piano); Ademir Candido (guitar); Alfredo Hechevarria (bass, background vocals); Orlando Rodriguez (bass); Juan Carlos Abreu (percussion); Mark Brazil (congas, guiro); Alexis Custa (congas); Alcides Toirac, Moraima Marin, Leonel Aleaga, Aramis Galindo, Arnaldo Martinez (background vocals).
Engineers include: Klaus Grimer, Pedro Ugarte, Yorgos Bernados.
Recorded at Hard Studio, Winterthur and Axis Studio, Geneva, Switzerland; EGREM, Havana, Cuba. Includes liner notes by Tony Martinez.
Personnel: Tony Martinez (flute, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, piano, keyboards, background vocals); Julito Padrn, Julio Padron (vocals, trumpet); Leonel Aleaga, Aramis Galindo (vocals, background vocals); Alfredo Hechevarria, Moraima Marin, Alcides Toirac, Arnaldo Martinez (vocals); Ademir Candido (guitar); Leandro Saint-Hill (tenor saxophone); Matthieu Michel (trumpet, flugelhorn); Mario "El Indio" Hernandez (trumpet); Cesar Correa, Gonzalo Rubalcaba (piano, keyboards); Julio Barreto (drums, percussion); Mark Brazil (congas, guiro, percussion); Alejandro Panetta (congas, percussion); Alexeis Cuesta (congas); Juan Carlos Abreu, Eduardo "Dudu" Penz, Orlando Rodriguez (percussion).
Audio Mixers: Klaus Grimmer; Tony Martinez.
Liner Note Author: Tony Martinez.
Recording information: Axis Studio, Geneva, Switzerland (1998); EGREM, La Habana, Cuba (1998); Hard Studio, Winterhur, Switzerland (1998).
Photographer: Christine Wyss.
Arranger: Tony Martinez.
A brilliant if little-known improviser, Tony Martinez on alto recalls Richie Cole's tone a bit, while on tenor he looks more toward Michael Brecker. His solos fall between advanced hard bop and Afro-Cuban jazz. On this release, he wrote all nine pieces, including tributes to Emiliano Salvador and John Coltrane ("Coltrane My Giant," which is a Latinized "Giant Steps"). Martinez' "Cuban Latin Jazz" group is a septet with both Julio Padron and Mathieu Michel on trumpet. There are also many guests on this CD, including five background vocalists, several percussionists, and pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba. Rubalcaba's presence does not stop Martinez from featuring his own piano on "Tony's Cha Cha Cha," one of the set's highpoints. Highly recommended. ~ Scott Yanow
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