Bobby Matos & His Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble | Made by Hand

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Made by Hand

by Bobby Matos & His Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble

Descarga or Latin jam session,Fiery Afro-Latin rhythms mixed with Jazz harmonies, passionate rhythms & beautiful melodies.
Genre: Jazz: Latin Jazz
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1. Afro Blue
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2. Barbara Milagrosa
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7:32 album only
3. Descarga Cubana
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6:31 album only
4. El Montuno De Almeja
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7:36 album only
5. Llegue
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9:30 album only
6. Philadelphia Mambo
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7:15 album only
7. Oye Mi Querida
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8. Lluvia Con Nieve
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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This CD was produced from an unplanned and unannounced live recording. Although the band was unaware of being recorded, the natural communication between musicians and high level of performance energy was clearly captured. Jazz Latino, Mambo, Bembe, and Son Montuno represents healing energy, meditation and medicine encoded as music. Yoga as sound. When musicians listen and communicate with each other and their audience on a spiritual level, the music becomes much more than a performance.

"Made By Hand" features Frank Fontaine -Tenor Sax, soprano sax, & flute; Michael James Turre -baritone,alto sax, & flute; Victor Cegarra-piano;Eliseo Borrero -bass & vocals; Robertito Melendez-congas; Jacques Voyemant-trombone;Jud Matos-percussion;Denise Cook-coro; Ismael Carlo-coro & spoken word; Rogelio Mitchell-coro; and Bobby on timbales. Mambo, Bembe, and Jazz Latino represent healing energy, meditation, and medicine encoded as music. When musicians listen and communicate with each other and their audience on this spiritual level, the music becomes much more than a performance.


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Greg Burk, LA Weekly

jazz component is strong; Matos cooks
Bobby Matos, Made by Hand (Life Force Jazz)Latin, yeah, but the jazz component is strong; Matos cooks low, unusually dark, almost menacing. Which doesn’t mean you’re scared to dance.

REINALDO L CASELLAS


if u r lookin do hard for a cd and then u found it what more can i say. its a xmas present

Mark Holston, Hispanic Magazine October 2004

passion lavished on expansive arrangements on Latin Jazz classics
As the title of his new release suggests, Los Angeles-based Latin Jazz artist Matos. A legendary percussionist, and such seasoned collaborators as saxophonist Michael Turre and pianist Victor Cegarra believe in making the music they love in the old fashioned way. Their passion for this venerable idiom is lavished on eight expansive arrangements of such classics as “Afro Blue” and “Philadelphia Mambo”.
……..Mark Holston, Hispanic Magazine October 2004

Bruce Pollin,DESCARGA

soulful & percussive...a lesson in Afro Cuban grooves
Timbalero Bandleader Bobby Matos’ new independent project just may be his best yet. Opening with a soulful and percussive version of Mongo Santamaria’s classic “Afro Blue”, Made By Hand is a lesson in Afro Cuban grooves. Features a fine tribute to maestro Cachao (“Descarga Cubana”) with Eliseo Borrero’s bass playing working overtime. This is a danceable live recording, recorded straight to DAT so it doesn’t sound live. It does capture the musician’s virtuosity and the rare moments of intuitive interaction that don’t often occur outside of live performances. I especially liked Michael Turre’s arranement of Mon Rivera’s groove driven “Lluvia Con Nieve”.
....Editor’s pick DESCARGA

LATIN BEAT MAGAZINE

Matos & friends take collective interaction to another level
With this captivating acoustic music, Matos and friends take their collective interaction to another level as they draw from the surrounding energies and produce a musical healing effect on the appreciative audience. The CD’s eight songs unfold with the intimacy and organic coherence of a true live show.
- Rudy Mangual, LATIN BEAT MAGAZINE August 2004

ALL ABOUT JAZZ NY

thoroughly enjoyable
A Thoroughly enjoyable date which is just as good for listening as it is for dancing.
-----Russ Musto,ALL ABOUT JAZZ NY August 2004

Scott Yanow

Afro-Cuban jazz fans will certainly enjoy this spirited set."
"Bobby Matos has long been a major force in Latin or Afro-Cuban jazz on timbales, percussion, and as a bandleader. This CD, recorded at a concert in Pasadena, has an appealing horn section with Mike Turre and Frank Fontaine both playing flutes and various saxes, and Jacques Voyemant adding his lyrical trombone to the mix. With pianist Victor Cegarra, bassist Eliseo, and three percussionists, the octet is well-balanced and tight. Three of Matos' friends occasionally contribute coro vocals that add to the variety. Most of the music has the feel of a descarga (a Cuban jam session) and each of the principals has plenty of solo space. Fans of Afro-Cuban jazz will certainly enjoy this spirited set."
-Scott Yanow, AllMusic.com

Scott Yanow

Afro-Cuban jazz fans will certainly enjoy this spirited set
"Bobby Matos has long been a major force in Latin or Afro-Cuban jazz on timbales, percussion, and as a bandleader. This CD, recorded at a concert in Pasadena, has an appealing horn section with Mike Turre and Frank Fontaine both playing flutes and various saxes, and Jacques Voyemant adding his lyrical trombone to the mix. With pianist Victor Cegarra, bassist Eliseo, and three percussionists, the octet is well-balanced and tight. Three of Matos' friends occasionally contribute coro vocals that add to the variety. Most of the music has the feel of a descarga (a Cuban jam session) and each of the principals has plenty of solo space. Fans of Afro-Cuban jazz will certainly enjoy this spirited set."
-Scott Yanow, AllMusic.com