Jamie Dubberly & Orquesta Dharma | Road Warrior (feat. Karl Perazzo)

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Road Warrior (feat. Karl Perazzo)

by Jamie Dubberly & Orquesta Dharma

Debut album from Jamie Dubberly and his afro-cuban jazz ensemble Orquesta Dharma, featuring special guest Karl Perazzo (Santana), and other luminaries from the San Francisco bay area. World- class latin jazz!
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1. Footprints Jamie Dubberly & Orquesta Dharma
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2. Road Warrior Jamie Dubberly & Orquesta Dharma
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3. Elsa's Blues Jamie Dubberly & Orquesta Dharma
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4. The Slowdown Jamie Dubberly & Orquesta Dharma
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5. Vamonos Pa'l Monte Jamie Dubberly & Orquesta Dharma
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6. Brunswick Stew Jamie Dubberly & Orquesta Dharma
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7. Caravan Jamie Dubberly & Orquesta Dharma
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8. I Saw You (In My Dream) Jamie Dubberly & Orquesta Dharma
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
With the release , Road Warrior, northern California trombonist, composer/arranger and educator Jamie Dubberly steps into the the roles of bandleader, and record producer as well, with an offering of afro-Cuban jazz that features many luminaries from the San Francisco bay area latin and jazz scenes and beyond, including current Santana percussionist, and world renowned recording artist/clinician Karl Perazzo, who appears on two tracks. Music from the album has already garnered accolades from noted jazz author and critic Scott Yanow (Jazz Times, Down Beat, etc), calling it “an impressive effort”, and noting that “their (Orquesta Dharma’s) brand of afro-Cuban jazz is quite infectious and succeeds both as dance music and creative latin jazz”. The nine tracks that comprise the album draw from several influences, most notably Eddie Palmieri (whose composition, “Vamonos Pa’l Monte“, is arranged by Dubberly as a tribute to the latin jazz and salsa master), Poncho Sanchez, and also trombonists Steve Davis ( whose composition “The Slowdown” appears on the record), Conrad Herwig (Palmieri’s longtime trombonist), Papo Vazquez, and fellow bay area trombonist/composer/arranger Wayne Wallace, among many others. Dubberly contributes five original compositions that range stylistically from sensual bolero, to soulful cha-cha, to intense 6/8 minor blues. Rounding out the set are two original arrangements of jazz standards, a “salsafied” take on the Juan Tizol/Duke Ellington classic “Caravan”, and a blistering up-tempo, rhumba clave setting of Wayne Shorter’s “Footprints”.

Dubberly, originally from coastal georgia, has enjoyed a varied music career that spans many styles and genres. Currently residing in Modesto, CA, he has performed and recorded as a trombonist with artists and ensembles ranging from the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Emerson String Quartet, and Brass Ring Quintet, to the Jazz Mafia’s Realistic Orchestra, Steve Davis, Bobby Shew, Tony Vega, Tito Rojas, Arturo O’Farrill, The Manhattans, Pete Escovedo, Lyrics Born, DJ Qbert, and Travis Sullivan’s Bjorkestra, to national and international tours of many broadway productions. He moved to northern California in 2003, from the metro NYC area, and began working almost immediately with some of the top musicians and bands in the bay area. Finding inspiration from playing with a number of fine salsa and latin jazz ensembles , such as Avance, Louie Romero’s Mazacote, and many others, Dubberly decided to explore writing and arranging original material for a horn section that included trombone, tenor and baritone saxophones, and a traditional afro-Cuban rhythm section of piano, bass, timbales, congas and bongos, along with the drum set. Happily finding musicians he was working with interested in the project, in late 2007, Dubberly began to set up recording sessions, and over the span of 3 ½ years or so, this album was recorded at pianist/recording engineer Christian Tumalan’s studio in San Francisco.

The musicians appearing on the record include, in addition to Perazzo, some of the brightest percussive talent to be found in and around the S.F. bay area, including Cuban-born master percussionist Carlos Caro, multi-faceted Venezuelan percussionist/vocalist Omar Ledezma, Jr., Mexico-based percussionist/composer/ bandleader Silvestre Martinez, drummer/bandleader Brian Andres, and veteran conguero/bandleader Mario Flores. Sharing the duties as pianist are Christian Tumalan, and Andy Nevala, who are also both highly skilled arranger/composers, and bandleaders as well. Nevala’s work can be heard on the Capri label ( as leader), and Tumalan’s band “Montuno Swing” has just released their first record. Two remarkable bay area bassists appear as well on Road Warrior, Sam Bevan, and Fred Randolph. Both accomplished composers, arrangers, and bandleaders as well, Bevan and Randolph are both top call jazz and latin bassists, and contribute mightily to the sound on this record. The title track contains solo space for Bevan, while I saw you features Randolph. Finally, the somewhat unorthodox horn section combination of trombone, tenor saxophone, and baritone saxophone ( and the occasional flute) contributes a dark, powerful and distinctive sound. Along with Dubberly, veteran east bay reedman Pete Cornell (tenor sax/alto flute) , Charlie Gurke (baritone sax), and Darren Smith (baritone sax), and Ramon Garcia (flute on Vamonos Pa’l Monte) all offer dynamic, swinging solos, and a cohesive horn section sound that is unmistakably original.


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Rudy Mangual

latin beat magazine, April 2012
The Northern California-based trombonist/composer/arranger/educator Jamie Dubberly displays good vibes via the up-tempo ambiance and brilliantly tight arrangements of “Road Warrior,” his debut as bandleader and record producer. Featuring some of San Francisco’s top rhythm players (percussionists Carlos Caro, Omar Ledezma, Jr., Silvestre Martínez, Brian Andrés, and Mario Flores; pianists Christian Tumalan and Andy Nevala; bassists Sam Bevan and Fred Randolph). Orquesta Dharma sets the mood for its somewhat unorthodox wind section, comprised of trombone (Dubberly), tenor sax (Pete Cornell), and baritone sax (Charlie Gurke and Darren Smith) with the occasional flute from Cornell. The combination is amazing, producing a distinctively refreshing and powerful sound, which rejuvenates some of the Latin jazz classics. The original scores (including five penned by Dubberly) range from an intense 6/8 minor blues to a sensual bolero to a sizzling soulful chachachá, but always exhibit a unique sound. World-renowned percussionist Karl Perazzo (of Santana fame) appears on two of the tracks, and another special guest, flutist Ramon Garcia, is featured on the fiery version of the Eddie Palmieri’s “Vámonos Pa’l Monte.” Other favorites include the title track (“Road Warrior”), “Elsa’s Blues,” and “The Slowdown.” —Rudy Mangual

Dan Bilawsky, Allaboutjazz.com

"A fun listen from start to finish"
Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz
When trombonist Jamie Dubberly moved from New York to northern California in 2003, he immediately became ensconced in the burgeoning Bay Area Latin jazz scene. While he sharpened his performance skills by playing in bands like Avance and Louie Romero's Mazacote, these groups also inspired him to put pen to paper and explore the lexicon of Latin jazz in a more personalized manner. Three-and-a-half years in the making, Road Warrior is the result.

While this release marks the leader debut for Dubberly and his Orquesta Dharma, the music never betrays this newcomer status. The group performs with the aplomb and assurance of a well-oiled machine and, with a frontline of trombone and tenor and baritone saxophones, there's an immediate and unique aural fingerprint. While flute pops up on a pair of tracks, the absence of higher voices elsewhere, like trumpet and alto saxophone, gives the frontline a solid-bodied, centered sound that doesn't come off as bright as many Latin bands. Dubberly, tenor saxophonist Pete Cornell and baritone saxophonist Darren Smith blend well, and if each is given plenty of opportunity to shine in individual solo spots, they rise to the occasion and outdo themselves when constantly passing the baton and egging each other on during "Elsa's Blues," which proves to be an album highlight.

The other musical elements in the mix, which include a percussive party down below, with piano and bass filling out the group, are par for this course; yet still provide plenty of thrills along the way. Santana-associated percussionist Karl Perazzo gets big-time billing on the cover of this disc, but he only appears on two tracks, and the heavy lifting is really accomplished through collaborative rumble-making from drummer Brian Andres and percussionists Carlos Caro, Mario Flores, Omar Ledezma, Jr. and Silvestre Martinez, who appear in various combinations throughout. While steady eighth note percussive underpinnings mar the otherwise gorgeous "I Saw You (In My Dream)," their presence is welcome, enhancing the music at every other turn.

Dubberly's own songs provide a glimpse into the inner workings of his mind, but his twist on the work of others is eye-opening. He uses bubbly electric bass and rhumba clavé to underscore his take on Wayne Shorter's "Footprints," sets "Caravan" adrift with some rhythm section work that sounds more like a setup for "A Night In Tunisia," and gives a funky-smooth sheen, which is a bit of an acquired taste, to the borders of Steve Davis' "The Slowdown." Dubberly also manages to reference some other classics, like Nat Adderley's "Work Song" and "Salt Peanuts," in quick fashion during his originals.

Dubberly's broad 'bone sound and arranging/composing skills, along with key contributions from his large cast of collaborators, help make Road Warrior a fun listen from start to finish. Hopefully, it won't take as long to make the follow-up.