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Jam Miami – A Celebration Of Latin Jazz 2000

Posted in Arturo SANDOVAL, Chick COREA, Jam Miami, JAZZ on December 19, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Jam Miami – A Celebration Of Latin Jazz 2000
Arturo Sandoval, Chick Corea, Poncho Sanchez & Pete Escovedo


This album is something really special- these artists play together like they were brothers, and in a way, they are. They dedicate the music to Tito Puente (who was very ill at the time of the concert). They music is entirely soulful and heartfelt. Everyone plays “Tunisia,” but this version is really something to behold. Chick’s playing on Sandoval’s “Mis Abuelos” is perfectly mathed with Sandoval’s horn. Claudio Roditi explodes with vitality, Poncho Sanchez is ON. This concert album is recorded with studio quality. If you like any of these cats, this album is definite.
As if to remind anyone who’s forgotten his roots, Chick Corea re-connects here with his past, when he was pianist for Willie Bobo and Cal Tjader in the 1960s, and a catalyst for Brazilian fusion in the 1970s. Playing a Fender Rhodes piano throughout this 10-song live session, Corea reminds one more of Latin jazz master Clare Fischer than the adventurous soloist who always keeps his music on the edge. With Arturo Sandoval on Mongo Santamaria’s “Beseme Mama,” Corea recalls his days with Return to Forever.
The disc opens with all the pots boiling on “Soul Sauce” and “A Night in Tunisia,” two standards by Dizzy Gillespie, the godfather of Latin jazz. Corea, Sandoval, Poncho Sanchez, and former Spyro Gyra vibes player David Samuels are all featured with fiery solos, with Sandoval trading high-flying riffs with fellow trumpeter Claudio Roditi on the latter tune. A tribute to Tito Puente, who was originally a part of this jam before falling ill, Jam Miami features two former members of his group, flutist Dave Valentin and trumpeter Ray Vega, as well as Escovedo, who, with Puente’s death, may be the leading timbalero in Latin jazz. The theme from “I Love Lucy” and Corea’s own “Wigwam,” featuring members of his band Origin, are among the sparkling highlights of these long, solo-rich numbers. And smoke from the smoldering percussion riffs probably will linger in the South Florida night for ages.
By Mark A. Ruffin.
“I just want to celebrate” is the theme of Jam Miami: A Celebration of Latin Jazz, recorded “live” in Miami, FL, by legendary jazz masters Chick Corea, Arturo Sandoval, Pete Escovedo, and Poncho Sanchez. The heat and energy emanating from this incredible concert, one that has been dedicated to their friend and mentor Tito Puente, is preserved in an excellent collection of ten songs that feature an array of stellar arrangers, composers, and musicians. Ray Vega, Steve Turre, Avishai Cohen, Dave Samuels, Dave Valentin, Ed Calle, Nestor Torres, Oscar D’Leon, Horacio Hernandez, Claudio Roditi, Hilton Ruiz, Origin, and the Latin Jazz All-Star Band are having the time of their lives and really do jam on this one. Opening with the Latin soul hit “Guachi Guaro,” this great collective introduces their stylistic diversity in a blaze of Sandoval trumpet glory that defies the conventional range of the instrument. Their spirits continue to soar with Dave Valentin blowing awesome flute trills in his solos on Ray Vega’s arrangement of “Medley Para Tito.” Vega’s heartfelt salute featuring “Ran Kan Kan” and “Oye Como Va” is a definite jam, and from the sound of the cheers coming from the audience, the spirit of the recently departed Tito Puente must have filled the room. “Wigwam,” the Grammy-nominated song by Chick Corea, features Origin at the core of its big-band arrangement. This expanded version offers listeners an exceptional opportunity to hear great improvisations and solos by the quintet backed by an exciting big-band format. Poncho Sanchez’s conga mastery is historic on “Poncho Con Su Tambor,” and for two minutes, he unloads his percussive thunder on this solo triumph. “A Mis Abuelos,” a ten-minute masterpiece written by Arturo Sandoval, features his brilliant trumpet and flügelhorn playing surrounded by a dramatic display of Spanish beauty, spirituality, and fire. Horacio Hernandez on drums, Leo Quintero on guitar, and Chick Corea on Fender Rhodes are blazing against a backdrop of blaring horn charts that will send good chills down your spine. They end the set with a fiery jam of Desi Arnaz’s, “Theme From I Love Lucy.” This CD contains one great show that celebrates the innovative music of a multi-generational Latin jazz “family” and together they capture the ambience and heritage of many phenomenal Latin jazz experiences.
By Paula Edelstein. AMG.
Oscar D’Leon- (Vocals);
Ed Calle- (Tenor Sax);
Arturo Sandoval- (Trumpet, Flugelhorn);
Claudio Roditi, Ray Vega- (Trumpet);
Steve Turre- (Trombone, Conch Shells);
Nestor Torres, Dave Valentin- (Flute);
Dave Samuels- (Vibraphone);
Hilton Ruiz- (Piano);
Chick Corea- (Fender Rhodes Piano);
Horacio Hernandez- (Drums, Percussion);
Poncho Sanchez- (Congas);
Pete Escovedo- (Timbales).
Steve Wilson- (Alto Sax);
Tim Garland- (Tenor Sax);
Steve Davis- (Trombone);
Avishai Cohen- (Bass);
Jeff Ballard- (Drums, Percussion).
01. Guachi Guaro (Soul Sauce) 6:37
02. Night in Tunisia, A 7:08
03. Medley Para Tito: Ran Kan Kan / Oye Como Va 8:29
04. Ican 7:07
05. Wigwam 8:45
06. Ven Morena 7:38
07. Poncho con su Tambor 2:01
08. Besame Mama 5:31
09. A Mis Abuelos  10:51
10. Theme From I Love Lucy 7:04

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