Eight time Grammy nominee Michael Spiro is leading the charge for the new wave of Latin jazz!
Brent Black / www.criticaljazz.com
Latin jazz may be the most diverse selection of music the world has known. Ritmos Unidos is a celebration of sound and culture under the watchful eye of critically acclaimed percussionist Michael Spiro. The somewhat conceptual nature of the work is to embrace a myriad of sound and journey to a land of rhythm and groove that draws from Cuba as well as Trinidad and Tobago. A rhythmic gumbo of texture that seems to work hand in glove and by pass certain cultural disconnects that happen all to often when attempting a recording such as this.
The title track is steeped in the traditional sound of Cuba while some standards including Wes Montgomery's "Road Song" takes off with a cha-cha beat. The muscle of the release can be found in the enchanting Afro-Cuban "Ochun Suite." There are more highlights than time to list, "Pan Rising" features the music of Len "Boogsie" Sharpe, an incredibly gifted Trinidadian steelpan arranger.
If you enjoy Latin rhythms on any level, Ritmos Unidos is an absolute must for any library. There is something here for all tastes!
Tracks: Ritmos Unidos; Ochun Suite 2-4; Road Song; Water Babies; Nariva al Amanecer; Pan Rising.
Personnel: Jeremy Allen: Upright Bass; Jamal Baptiste: Piano and Keyboards; Joe Galvin: Steelpans, Bata, Hand Percussion; Background Vocals; Pat Harbison: Trumpet; Nate Johnson: Tenor Saxophone, Background Vocals; Mike Mixtacki: Drums, Timbales, Lead Vocals; Michael Spiro: Congas, Bata, Hand Percussion; Joel Tucker: Guitar, Tres Guitar.
Guests: Wayne Wallace: Trombone, Liam Teague: Steel Pan, Kevin Bobo: Marimba