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Acknowledgement

by Bobby Matos & His Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble

Contemporary Latin Jazz with fiery percussion, sax, trombone, violin, and flute solos with influences from Charanga to Coltrane.
Genre: Jazz: Latin Jazz
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1. Manhattan Mozambique
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2. Cuando Baila Ramon
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3. Song for Jud
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4. A Love Supreme - Acknowledgement
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5. Motivos De Jazz
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6. Songoro
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7. Tunji
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8. Chango's Jazz
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9. Soy Lucumi
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10. Evelyn
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11. Equinox
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12. Chango's Charanga
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This is real music created by musicians who care passionately about their work. It is meant to heal, and direct energy toward self-realization and the well being of all humanity.

Percussionist and bandleader Bobby Matos has dedicated his life to playing and spreading the best Afro Latin Jazz he can. He is a veteran of many tours and recordings with such stars as Bobby Hutcherson, Tito Puente, Miriam Makeeba, Eric Gale . and others.

“Acknowledgementâ€, The new CD release by Bobby Matos & his Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble signals new directions and a renewed and re invented band. Latin Beat magazine writer Nelson Rodriguez says “Bobby Matos continues to constantly re- invent himself with this astonishing gem of a recording that is highlighted not only by his compositions and arrangements, but awesome musicianship and a superb infusion of John Coltrane”.

This project brought together old and new friends in a collaboratively inspired collection of ten Matos original tunes with three Latin Jazz arrangements of John Coltrane classics. Bobby writes the basic tunes and arrangements but pianist Theo Saunders may re-imagine the harmonies. Trombonist/violinist (and returning member) Dan Weinstein is always adding counterpoints and moñas (Afro Cuban rhythmic horn lines & riffs). Veteran Jazz bassist John B. Williams (from Horace Silver, Nancy Wilson, Benny Maupin, and more) is totally happy and at home in the middle of those throbbing Afro Latin rhythms.

Young intense multi instrumentalist Frank Fontaine Jr. burns on cutting edge tenor sax Coltrane interpretations, and flies above the Charanga montunos with his “tipico” Cuban flute styles. Conguero Robertito Melendez reveals his life long passion for the “cueros” (skins) on quinto, congas, bongo, and bata drums.

Twenty year old percussionist Jud Matos actually started playing in his dad’s band when he was a month shy of his fourth birthday, and he’s back full time, seriously rocking guiro, shekere, claves, and bell. Bobby is having a great time playing timbales, percussion, and arranging for what he calls “The best band I’ve ever been in. If I wasn’t already doing this, I’d kill for the opportunity”.

Also appearing on the recording as guest artists are Andy Harlow ( Salsa flutist/bandleader/recording artist), Ismael East Carlo (renowned film actor), Denise “China Eyes” Cook ( dancer/ actress/spoken word artist and poet), Panamanian vocalist Rogelio Mitchell, Jazz trumpeter and recording artist Elliott Caine, and Puerto Rican bassist/ bandleader/ recording artist Eliseo.

Produced by Ismael East Carlo and Bobby Matos for “Lifeforce Jazz Latino”, a division of the Jazz artists collective label Lifeforce Jazz.



Bobby Matos Bio

Bronx born Bobby Matos began playing music beating on pots and pans in Grandma’s apartment and went on to backstage informal lessons with conga drum masters Patato Valdez and Mongo Santamaria.

His first gigs were in the early ˜60’s “beat '" bohemian “ Greenwich Village Cafes, but he soon found himself playing in every type of venue; from Bronx dance halls to Carnegie Hall, to elegant supper clubs, Central Park Concerts, Off Broadway theaters, and ˜After Hours” clubs in El Barrio.

He was inspired and encouraged to play timbales by Willie Bobo and Tito Puente, and in the late ˜60s attended the New School and Manhattan School of Music studying composition and arranging. Around this exciting time for Latin Music in N.Y., he recorded “My Latin Soul” for Philips Records. This recording eventually became a much prized cult classic influencing many ˜70’s and ˜80’s Acid Jazz groups on both sides of the Atlantic.

After touring and recording with artists like Ben Vereen, Bette Midler, Fred Neil, Jim Croce, Ray Rivera, Joe Loco, Miriam Makeeba, and many others, Bobby relocated to Los Angeles where he began experimenting with an Afro Cuban Jazz band where he could blend (and bend) musical elements from Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria, Wayne Shorter, Eddie Palmieri, and the rich legacy of Afro Cuban music.

In the ˜80’s and ˜90’s, he recorded several albums, most notably 5 critically acclaimed CDs for Ubiquity Records’ “Cubop” label. He also produced CDs for Ray Armando, Pucho and the Latin Soul Brothers, Dave Pike, John Santos, and Jack Costanzo. In 2004 he released the critically acclaimed "Made By Hand", a live recording on the artist’s collective Life Force Jazz records,

Bobby’s newest release on Life Force Jazz records contains nine original compositions and three Afro Latin arrangements of John Coltrane compositions, along with an updated band that features power players like Theo Saunders - piano; John B. Williams - bass; Robertito Melendez - congas; Frank Fontaine - flute and tenor sax; Dan Weinstein - trombone and violin; and Bobby's son Jud on percussion. 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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jay perez

very nice music
i love his style of latin jazz.

jay perez

i loved it . like his style of latin jazz.

Roberto Rabbi

superbo album di puro latin jazz...bellissima
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Cantante: Bobby Matos
Album: Acknowledgement
Data: 01/09/2005

Di questo superbo album di puro Latin Jazz ( con forti tendenze afro-cubane ) segnalo il brano 'Chango's Charanga', salsa-charanga che ritengo possa essere usato con successo in discoteca e sopratutto ( sempre nel contesto 'discoteca' ) ' Soy lucumi' bellissima trasposizione Son con accenti jazzistici . In questa produzione 2005 tutte le tracks sono composte dallo stesso Bobby Matos, eccetto ' A love supreme acknowledgement' e ' Tunij' di John Coiltrane. - In ogni caso un album da non perdere per gli amanti del Latin Jazz piu' raffinato , prodotto dalla discografica 'Lifeforce Jazz'.
A cura di: Roberto Rabbi

Rudy Mangual

cutting edge Latin jazz...righteous music rooted in the spirit of jazz and the r
Bobby Matos Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble “Acknowledgement” (Life Force Jazz Records)
Based out of Los Angeles, California, percussionist/ bandleader Bobby Matos has gradually built up a strong reputation for producing cutting edge Latin jazz internationally for more than four decades. This latest release titled Acknowledgement finds Matos in excellent company with Theo Saunders ( piano), Eliseo Borrereo and John B. Williams (bass), Frank Fontaine (sax), Dan Weinstein (trombone/violin), and percussionists Robertito Melendez and Jud Matos( Bobby’s son). Always equally versed in interpreting classic standards as well as presenting original compositions starting with the cover track A Love Supreme-Acknowledgement, Equinox, and Tunji. Original tracks include my personal favorites Manhattan Mozambique, Motivos de Jazz, Soy Lucumi, Chango’s Charanga, and Songoro. Special guest musicians on this recording include Andy Harlow (flute), Elliot Caine (trumpet), and vocalists Denise Cook, Rogelio Mitchell, and actor Ismael “East” Carlo. Sit back and indulge in 13 tracks of righteous music rooted in the spirit of jazz and the rhythms of the Caribbean, something we call Latin jazz.
----Rudy Mangual, Latin Beat magazine (Sept. 2005)

Avotcja....KPOO FM & KPFA FM

This music is "Our story", you better get yourself some
This is poetry for the feet...Spiritual Pan Africanism...Latin Jazz impossible to sit down to..This is a musical salad made up of the best of our history...This music is "Our story", you better get yourself some.
-----Avotcja ...KPFK FM(Berkely,CA) & KPOO FM (San Fransisco,CA)

Jim Santella, L..A.JAZZ SCENE (December 2005)

significant impact on the development of Latin Jazz
Bobby Matos and his Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble honor the memory of John Coltrane while celebrating with dancing feet and flying fingers.The leader's timbales turn over a lively syncopation while the band improvises at length on themes both by Coltrane and Matos.
Bassist John B. Williams lays down the rhythmic foundation for "A Love Supreme" as tenor saxophonist Frank Fontaine Jr. interprets "Acknowledgement" with passion and devotion. The music inspires. Pianist Theo Saunders adds poignant reflections and Williams solos eloquently, while Matos and his expanded percussion section stir the rhythmic pot with natural ingrediants. Guiro, claves, congas, checkere and the leaders timbales give the session a hearty glow.
Ismael "East" Carlo sings "Songoro" with a dramatic flair that benefits from his resonant baritone voice. Flute and chorus complete the formula which lets the band pull from tradition. Coltrane's "Tunji" and "Equinox" feature Fontaine's tenor along with the band and Dan Weinstein on viola and trombone, respectively. Together, Matos and his ensemble soak up the jazz flavors and surround them with a heartfelt Latin music perspective. The mood allows room for freedom of expression while delivering a powerful rhythmic blow.
The session closes with "Drum Dance" which features Matos on congas and timbales in a traditional affair, honoring the masters who've shown us the way. Mongo Santamaria, Tito Puente, and Bobby Matos have made a significant impact on the development of Latin jazz, and this album extends that focus seamlessly.

Bruce Pollin, DESCARGA

one of the best Latin Jazz records of 2005.
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 by someone who is clearly vested in the traditions of both Jazz and Latin. Matos has been around the block, and he is good at articulating the nuances within a composition, so when he handles a piece like Coltrane’s “Tunji” the depth and the emotion are 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.
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Edward Blanco, allaboutjazz.com

"hot and heavy...masterful playing...a truly vibrant performance"
Acknowledgement
Bobby Matos And The Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble | LifeForcejazz


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.

PIETRO BY VINILEMANIA

Fantastic CD!!!!!
Uno splendido CD di latin jazz di un artista che non ha certo bisogno di presentazioni.

Un CD che non puo' mancare agli amanti del genere. C'e' anche una bellissima traccia ballabile "Soy Locumi".

CD molto apprezzato anche in Italia.

Ciao Pietro

Edward Blanco

delivering a truly vibrant performance.
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.
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