Category: Audiophile FLAC Availability, Latin Jazz, Mambo Jazz / Descarga
Released: December 12, 2012
Length: 1h 5min
$9.99 MP3/320, FLAC
Original Release Date: 2005
Available as quality mp3/320 or audiophile FLAC format.
Veteran conguero-timbalero Bobby Matos returns with a hard-driving, highly percussive project that features compositions by him as well as some by John Coltrane ("A Love Supreme," Tunji," and "Equinox"). There is no fluff here: it's deep, mature material arranged and performed by a someone who is clearly vested in the traditions of both jazz and Latin. Matos has been around the block, and he good at articulating the nuances within a composition. So when he handles a piece like Coltrane's "Tunji" the depth and emotion is there. Kudos to his fine band with Frank Fontaine Jr. on sax, trumpeter Elliott Caine, Danny Weinstein on trombone and violin, bassist John B. Williams and Theo Saunders on piano.
Acknowledgement is on my list for one of the best Latin jazz records of 2005.
With guest Andy Harlow on flute.
Very Highly Recommended. (elW)
It’s like stepping into an intelligent, knowing world, listening to a Bobby Matos record. This one, featuring a handful of later John Coltrane compositions, along with pieces by Matos, is Latin jazz at its best. Performed by a swinging group—Denise Cook does a piece of poetry—that navigates the descargas beautifully, the music radiates literacy. And the musicians more than do justice to “A Love Supreme.”
Highly Recommended. (Peter Watrous)
• Frank Fontaine Jr.: Baritone sax, tenor sax, and flute
• Danny Weinstein: Trombone, violin and viola
• Theo Saunders: Piano
• Eliseo Borrero: Bass
• Robertito Melendez: Quinto, bell
• Jud Matos: Guiro, bell chekere, clave
• Bobby Matos: Congas, timbales, guiro, coros
• Elliott Caine: Trumpet
• Rogelio Mitchell: Coros
• Denise Cook: Vocals
• Andy Harlow: Flute
• John B. Williams: Bass
A veteran percussionist and pioneer of the Latin jazz genre since the early sixties, Bobby Matos has created an excellent fusion of Latin and Afro-jazz music on Acknowledgement. Matos records ten original hot and heavy, hip-moving compositions with his Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble and pays tribute to the legendary John Coltrane with Afro-Latin arrangements of three Coltrane standards. They include the four-note classic "A Love Supreme Acknowledgement," supported by some masterful playing from bassist John B. Williams, and "Tunji" and "Equinox," featuring fine tenor work by Frank Fontaine, Jr. and several solos by Danny Weinstein on viola and trombone. Matos opens up the session with one of his own uptempo charts on "Manhattan Mozambique," which is followed by another upbeat piece dedicated to his musician son, "Song for Jud." Jud Matos, also a member of the band, plays the clave throughout but really shines on the guiro, bell and chekere on "Chango's Jazz." Not to be outdone,Bobby Matos comes through on congas and timbales in expressive style, marking this disc as an exciting percussion project. While the majority of the tracks here are instrumentals,"Songoro" and "Soy Lucumi" are two charanga-based tunes with vocals provided by Ismael "East" Carlo. Two of the best scores on the album have to be the brief but sweet little number "Motivos de Jazz," highlighting Weinstein's performance on violin, and the melodically engaging "Evelyn," with pronounced play by Matos (timbales),Fontaine, Jr. (flute) and Theo Saunders (piano). This album contains an obvious Afro-Cuban accent that this Cuban-American reviewer can appreciate. Acknowledgement combines Latin jazz swing with a heavy Afro percussive backdrop, delivering a truly vibrant performance.