Category: Audiophile FLAC Availability, Cuba, Latin Jazz, Son Montuno / Guajira / Guaracha / Conga y Comparsa…
Released: December 25, 2012
Length: 34min
$9.99 MP3/320, FLAC
Editor's Pick: Best of 2012
Available as highly quality mp3/320 or audiophile FLAC formats.
Aguankó, the ensemble led by percussionist and composer Alberto Nacíf, is a talented group of Michigan based musicians who are steeped in the tradition of jazz infused son-salsa. In La Bicileta and Chiquita, for example, you might hear shades of Conjunto Libre or Eddie Palmieri's La Perfecta orchestra. And, like the Fort Apache Band, there are Afro-Cuban folkloric rhythms, as in the percussive rumba Elemental. The overall feel on Elemental is relaxed; the jazz is sophisticated, but accessible in essential ways. It's graced with a driving funk and sabor that comes only from years of developing a musical sensibility that speaks from both the heart and soul of the band members. With Paul Vornhagen, Javier Barrios, Patrick Prouty, Wesley Reynoso, Paul Finkbeiner, Russ Miller, Chris Smith, Alex Nacif and special guest percussionist José "Pepe" Espinosa.
Top notch stuff, this. Very Highly Recommended. - elW
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