Brian Andres and the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel | Drummers Speak

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Drummers Speak

by Brian Andres and the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel

A Latin Jazz release featuring some of the Bay Area's best percussionists performing tunes composed exclusively by notable drummers of Jazz and Latin music.
Genre: Jazz: Afro-Cuban Jazz
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1. Rumba Complicacion
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5:06 $0.99
2. Estampa Cubana
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5:20 $0.99
3. Song For Chano
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5:39 $0.99
4. Manteca
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4:44 $0.99
5. Sister Cheryl
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6. Cual es la Idea
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7. Adios Mario
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8. Toffi
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9. Where or Wayne
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10. Complicacion
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Album Notes
Like many other drummers I found myself beating out rhythms on any stationary object from an early age. The impetus to create sound, to find rhythm urged me to fill space and silence. I found the perfect voice for myself when I first sat behind a drum set. I believe it is the drum that chooses us, not vice versa. My lifelong dedication to rhythm and sound has nurtured a passion for Afro-Cuban music. The San Francisco Bay Area has historically been a hotbed for Latin Drummers. Players such as Armando Peraza, Francisco Aguabella, Benny Velarde and Orestes Vilato paved the way for John Santos, Michael Spiro, Jesus Diaz and Paul VanWageningen. Continuing in this tradition are the percussionists featured on this CD: Carlos Caro, Sandy Perez, Patricio Angulo, Colin Douglas and John Ulloa. A drummer can speak not only with his hands or his sticks, but also through composition. The true highlight of this recording lies in the fact that all the composers featured on this CD are themselves drummers, drummers whose careers have influenced me tremendously. As players, composers, or band leaders they have all set a standard of excellence we all strive to achieve. It is with much love and respect for them and their work that I feature their tunes on this recording. I have been honored to work with my fellow Bay Area musicians to lend a voice to these compositions. The journey has been both challenging and inspirational. So whether with sticks, hands or the composer's pen, listen to the drummers speak. Featuring the tunes Complicacion by Francisco Aquabella, Estampa Cubana by Armando Peraza, Song for Chano by Ray Barretto, Manteca by Chano Pozo, Sister Cheryl by Tony Williams, Cual es la Idea by Tito Puente, Adios Mario by Bobby Sanabria, Toffi by Art Blakey and Where or Wayne by Jack DeJohnette.


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Aaron Germain

Testimony to the innovations happening in latin music today
Brian has made his mark, not only in the bay area, but on an international level with this release. The music has strong roots in tradition latin music, but in the end is very new and innovative. With its impressive roster of musicians, it displays how strong San Francisco's contribution is to latin music today. Above all, regardless of all its rhythmic complexity, it is very danceable.


just a fan
as every cd you are selling, good music from good musicians. hope to keep receiving music like this in the near future.

Ana Maria Romero

Real Athenic Latin Jazz
When you hear the incredible unison of all the musical instruments, percussion and vocal arrangements of these great songs you begin to understand what real Latin sound is about. This is not canned Latin music. This is the real sound played by musicians who grew up with this rythmn and sound in their blood. Finally a great sound long time coming for people who know how to appreciate the Afro-Cuban Latino heart beat expressed in this Album!


As always, an incredible sound. Would expect nothing less than Latin percussion bliss and Brian & Company do not disappoint. Well played, my friend.

Eric Muhler

The Real Latin Deal
Brian Andres must be a Rhythm Saint to have brought together such a congregation of power packed drummers and musicians! This is genuine Latin jazz at the peak of its power;. All the players obviously share the love of many of these classic tunes and the new material builds the tradition.

An incredible first expedition for Andres and Company.