Bobby Matos & His Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble | Gratitude

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by Bobby Matos & His Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble

Latin Jazz with influences from Charanga to Coltrane
Genre: Jazz: Afro-Cuban Jazz
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1. All Blues
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7:14 album only
2. Autumn Leaves
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5:39 album only
3. Bronx Trane
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6:07 album only
4. Mas Bajo
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5:27 album only
5. Flowers for Rose
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5:56 album only
6. The Jazz Messenger
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5:48 album only
7. Basses Loaded
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3:47 album only
8. Free South Africa
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7:40 album only
9. Uncle David's Egg Creams
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5:46 album only
10. Thad Like
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5:09 album only
11. Gratitude
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8:47 album only
12. No Me Diga Na'
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Bobby Matos is a survivor and defender of certain Afro_ Antillean musical traditions which are indispensible roots of contemporary Latin Jazz. He brings a "streets of New York" edge to his work and provides a fundamental element that too many young lions are skipping over. His group is an incubator for young talent and of course attracts old school veteranos as well.
Que viva Bobby Matos and all the musicians who respect the origins of our music!
-John Santos, Oakland,CA, June 2007


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Latin Beat magazine, Jesse Varela

Bobby Matos,Gratitude
The bandleading timbalero Bobby Matos delivers an assertive and rich fusion of Afro Cuban rhythms and hard bop on Gratitude, his latest recording for Dawan Muhammadd’s LifeForce Jazz label. Featuring his talented Afro-Latin Jazz ensemble, the album conjures the influential feelings of musical spirits like Miles Davis, Tito Puente, Lou Perez, and John Coltrane. It opens with the jazz standards All Blues and Autumn Leaves, which include special guest trumpeter Sal Marquez and vocalist Dee Dee McNeil, paving the way for some outstanding original works. Bronx Trane is one penned by Matos that serves as a vehicle for the improvisational fire of Frank Fontaine, who is heard on tenor sax and bass clarinet, while Basses Loaded spotlights the talent of bassists John B. Williams and Edwin Livingston as well as that of conga drummer Robertito Melendez. The Puente classic titled Mas Bajo and Lou Perez’s No Me Diga’ Na’ are danceable gems impressively accented by the strings of Danny Weinstein, a marvelous contributor who also plays trombone. Overall, Matos and his crew give thanks to their fans, and offer them some of the finest Latin jazz available on the left coast.
(JV) Latin Beat Magazine, November 2007


complete emsemble
bobby matos is one of my unsung heroes, he knows latin music and crossovers from a to z. emailing him i asked him why he hasn\'t play in puerto rico because he is as good or better than almost any latin jazzist in the whole world.

J. Siegel

Excellent CD
I bought this CD after hearing a piece from it played on a local NPR station. His band bring a lot of excitement and energy to the music and the musicianship is quite good for Latin Jazz. If you like Latin Jazz with excellent percussionists, you should enjoy this one.

Jim Santella, L.A. JAZZ SCENE

With this latest album of delights, both original and traditional, Bobby Matos & his Afro Latin jazz Ensemble express gratitude to the pioneers who’ve given the world a genre of music that comes filled with joy: he honors the lifelong work of greats such as Miles davis, Tito Puente, John Coltrane, Thad Jones, and more. As Dizzy Gillespie proved repeatedly, jazz and Latin music make excellent partners when the two elements are combined in equal proportions. Matos ensures that both sides of the coin receive their due and provide their fair share.
Driving the timbales and picking up other percussion instruments along the way, Matos propels his unit with spirit and soul. Familiar to the L.A. jazz scene, his ensemble consists of pianist Theo Saunders, trombonist/violinist Dan Weinstein, saxophonist Frank Fontaine, bassists John B. Williams and Edwin Livingston, trumpeter Sal Marquez, and a percussion section ruled by Robertito Melendez on congas, Matos, and his son, Jud, on guiro and checkere.
Saunders’ “the Jazz Messenger” captures the sound that Art Blakey and Horace Silver developed and gives a contemporary texture dominated by trombone and tenor saxophone. Matos’ “Basses Loaded” places electric bass and double bass side by side in a lyrical battle for clarity. Weinstein’s ”Thad Like” combines flugelhorn, tenor and trombone in a front line horn conversation that layers improvised soloing over an exciting rhythmic flow. Dee Dee McNeils sings “Autumn Leaves” over a comfortable dance foundation that puts everyone to work. Later, “No Me Diga’ Na”, by the late Lou Perez, lets the ensemble explore the many cultural ties that new York fosters securely. Bassist Williams wrote – and is featured on- the title track “Gratitude” which sums up the ensemble’s love for contemporary flavors and lyrical charm spread out wide over a palette of many rhythmic colors.
-Jim Santella, L.A. JAZZ SCENE, November 2007

Jacky Deronne

great album
"Uncle David's egg creams" and "autumn leaves" are my favorites tunes. One of the best Bobby Matos CD. Jacky "Mr Bugalu".

Bruce Pollin,

luscious ...Highly Recommended.
Editor's Pick:
Just in! New Latin jazz project by timbalero-bandleader Bobby Matos. In addition to eight original tracks there are compositions by Miles Davis ("All Blues"), Tito Puente ("Mas Bajo") and Lou Pérez ("No Me Diga Na'"). And there's a luscious interpretation of "Autumn Leaves" (Kosma-Prévert-Mercer) sung, con sabor and sophistication, by Dee Dee McNeil. Also with Danny Weinstein, Theo Saunders, Robertito Melendez, Edwin Livingston, Sal Marquez, and Jud Matos.