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Maria Juanez

  • 1. Special K
    2. Maria Juanez
    3. Pink Panther, The
    4. Puddin' Time
    5. Dos Angelitos
    6. Priority Soul!
    7. Seconds Best
    8. Fallen Feathers
    9. Mr. Sneaky
    10. Here Come Da Train
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 26902

  • Credits
    ProducerDennis Jeter; Claus Raible; Brad Leali; Claus Raible; Dennis Jeter; Brad Leali
    EngineerJonathan Towns; Aaron Spencer

    Brad Leali: Brad Leali; Reverend Charles E. Leali, Sister Helen Leali, Flor Marina Gomez (vocals); Keith Loftis (alto saxophone); Maximilian Swieger (baritone saxophone); Frank Green (trumpet); Dion Tucker (trombone); Chris Haney, Ben Wolfe (bass instrument); Alvester Garnett, Grant Langford, Joe Gonzalez, Derrick Gardner, Jon Faddis, Mark Gross , Rick Germanson, Sean Jones, Claus Raible, Jack Jeffers, Vincent Gardner, Jason Jackson, Jason Brown , Tia Fuller, Kevin Louis.
    Personnel: Brad Leali (vocals, alto saxophone); Mark Gross , Tia Fuller (flute, alto saxophone); Keith Loftis (flute, tenor saxophone); Grant Langford (tenor saxophone); Derrick Gardner, Jon Faddis, Sean Jones, Kevin Louis (trumpet); Vincent Gardner, Jason Jackson (trombone); Jack Jeffers (bass trombone); Rick Germanson, Claus Raible (piano); Alvester Garnett, Jason Brown (drums); Joe Gonzalez (percussion).
    Recording information: Peter Carl's Studio, Brooklyn, NY (02/02/2004).
    Arrangers: Claus Raible; Derrick Gardner; Frank Foster; Tommy Jones; Bill Lee.
    Brad Leali's second TCB CD (and third as a leader) is an impressive outing, very much in the tradition of Dizzy Gillespie's best Afro-Cuban jazz big bands, though the alto saxophonist has very much found his own voice. The leader's "Special K" proves to be a potent opener, though Jon Faddis' solo is strangely mixed in the background rather than being prominent like Leali's sizzling alto. His title track begins with a narrative argument between him and a female who is evidently departing, which gets a bit tiresome but fades as a swinging samba brings in the full band. The great Frank Foster arranged Leali's "Priority Soul," a slinky soul-jazz number, while Claus Raible revives the late Lee Morgan's overlooked hard bop gem "Seconds Best" with a percolating chart. Tommy James' inventive scoring of "The Pink Panther" is a bit darker than in its typical settings but swings like mad, driven by the superb brass and reed ensemble work. This is a fun session and it should be of great interest to fans of Latin jazz and bop. ~ Ken Dryden

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