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Hot House

by Hot House

Cuban musicians play a tropical tribute to the music of Charlie Parker.
Genre: World: World Fusion
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1. Red Cross
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2. Everything Happens to Me
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3. My Heart Belongs to Daddy
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4. Hot House
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4:31 album only
5. Quasimodo
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4:35 album only
6. Five Sisters
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7. Convergencia
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8. N'est-ce pas?
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9. Little Suede Shoes
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10. A Night in Tunisia
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11. I Love Paris
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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This year\'s eponymous debut recording by New York based Cuban jazz ensemble, \"Hot House\" is fundamentally an homage to the music and spirit of the great Charlie Parker. Concieved, produced and directed by trumpeter Steven Gluzband, Hot House may be considered as much a musical nexus as a band, juxtaposing traditional Cuban dance forms with the jazz idiom, young musicians with veteran players, and Cuban emigres with first and second generation Americans.The result of this remarkable collaboration is a fresh mix that can only be latin jazz from New York City.
Gluzband has performed and recorded with many of the greatest names in latin music, including Celia Cruz, Johnny Pacheco, Marc Anthony, Ray Barretto, Tito Puente and the Sonora Matancera. He was a featured soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic in performances of a latin version of Vivaldi\'s, the \"Four Seasons\".
This first Hot House album is different from other \"latin-jazz\" recordings, as every track is a different dance form and the music has been mixed and mastered with the dancers in mind.


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Dana Diamond


I bought this as a gift for someone for Christmas and they were more than please since then we recommended it to numerous people. VERY PLEASANTLY SURPRISED! Also, it gives me a great opportunity to practice all styles of latin dance...

Joe Ross

Don’t stop the party!
Having just finished reviewing the new release from a brass-laden 12-piece San Francisco salsa group called Orquesta Borinquen, I decided to evaluate Hot House’s “Cuban Tribute to Charlie Parker” as this New York Latin jazz group led by trumpeter Steve Gluzband is primarily a quintet with various guests. Hot House’s musical setting may be a bit leaner than that of an overstuffed large orchestra, but they have all the essential elements for an artful approach to Cuban jazz. From Boston, Gluzband’s family emigrated from Europe by way of Havana Vieja. With a mix of young and veteran musicians, Cuban émigrés and first- or second-generation Americans, Hot House gives us plenty to embrace in its creative collaboration. Nicole Shulman’s cover art is also quite innovative, but not without some irony too. Why is a saxophonist featured if the band doesn’t include one? Steve says, “That’s Bird, baby!” Gluzband’s self-penned danzon entitled “N’est-ce pas?” is mot juste as a compelling danceable melody with lilting twin trumpet lines. The Charlie Parker covers include Red Cross, Quasimodo, and Little Suede Shoes. They’re well-rehearsed, flowing and expertly produced. Gluzband’s trumpet (and less frequent cornet) are the cornerstone of their clarion sound, while Art Bailey’s piano, Itai Kriss’ flute, and Pablo Moya’s tres are occasionally featured to a lesser degree. The longest cut (at 7:30 minutes), “A Night in Tunisia” provides all a chance to solo, including Jorge Bringas on bass. One beguiling cut that takes some getting used to is the closer, “I Love Paris,” that superimposes Gabriel ‘Chinchilita’ Machado’s percussion into an arrangement we much more often hear with standard jazz clichés. With additional listens, you’ll realize that the fusion of Cuban rhythms atop a classic jazz standard results in radiant originality that has you exclaiming, “Don’t stop the party!” The cut also includes a triple-tracked trio of Bata drums by Roman Diaz, one of the foremost experts on the 6/8 hour glass Bata drums routine. While Hot House occasionally sounds like they may be playing it too safe, there are also frequent snappy bursts that tell us that Steve Gluzband and Co. are eclectic adventurists too. (Joe Ross, 29 Palms, CA)