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Cuban Jazz

  • 1. Con el Sabor de la Tierra
    2. Niche, El
    3. Caravan
    4. Consulate
    5. Blues Guaguanc
    6. Maleta y Nylon
    7. All the Things You Are
    8. Pa' Gozar
    9. Scne d'Enfant
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 76046

  • Credits
    ProducerAlfredo Rodriguez
    EngineerSylvain Thevenard

    Y Los Acereko
    Personnel: Alfredo Rodriguez (piano); Joel Hierrezuelo (vocals, percussion); Bobby Carcases (vocals); Jose Carlos Acosta (saxophone, clarinet); Manuel Machado (trumpet); Ruben Chaviano F. (violin); Oscarito Rodriguez (contrebass); J.L. "Changuito" Quintana, Tata Guines, R. "Mamey" Evangelisti (percussion).
    Recorded in France. Includes liner notes by Luis Tamargo.
    Personnel: Alfredo Rodriguez (piano); Jos Carlos Acosta (clarinet, saxophone); Manuel Machado (trumpet).
    Liner Note Authors: Mike Charroppin; Luis Tamargo.
    Recording information: Studios La Buissonne, France.
    Arrangers: Alfredo Rodriguez; Lzaro Dagoberto Gonzlez; Emiliano Salvador; Felipe Cabrera; Jos Carlos Acosta; Pepesito Reyes.
    Cuban expatriate Alfredo Rodriguez performs on Cuban Jazz with Los Acerek, a group of close musical friends who play with a number of Cuban groups. It's a pretty basic session of Cuban jazz, with some fine players pitching in to provide work on the various pieces of the ensemble. There's a blend of old Cuban classics, American jazz, and new compositions covering the spectrum of genres throughout the album. Perhaps more notably, Rodriguez was classically trained, giving him the ability to work himself into a light classical mode with references to any number of composers along the way. It doesn't necessarily have the pounding beat and piano acrobatics of a Chucho Valdes album, but then again, Rodriguez isn't trying to do that in the first place. It's a nice look through a catalog of genres spanned by a group of friends meeting for a tour in Paris, and the sound is just that: a happy endeavor among some good musicians. Pick it up for the classical bent, but for pure Cuban jazz power, look up some Irakere or solo Valdes work first. ~ Adam Greenberg

  • Critic Reviews
    JazzTimes (8/03, p.140) - "...Inarguably, this is an upper-tier Cuban-jazz release of unbounded merit..."
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