Dutch trombonist 'Maestra' May Peters brings a tribute to the grandes dames of Puerto Rican Music.
Tributo de tambor y trombón en clave de mujer boricua is released under her own label Coquí Promotions. It is a surprising album with eight different Afro- Caribbean rhythms, recorded at the famous Spectrum Studios in San Juan- Puerto Rico by sound and mixing engineer Kiko Hurtado and the best musicians of the Puerto Rican music scene. Fourty different percussion instruments with a ‘jazz quintet’ formation as a base!
An excerpt of the liner notes of Eric Figueroa, producer, arranger, pianist:
'Personally, each track represents a characteristic of women: beauty, intelligence, sensuality, creativity, strength, patience, humor and independence.
Listen up this production, which brings a bit of everything, it is varied and is made with a lot of heart.
May, your performances were magical, "especially" the bolero of Myrta Silva.
Puerto Rico, give a hug to May Peters for loving this Island in the same way that we love it.'
An excerpt of the bio’s written by the ‘cronista musical oficial de Puerto Rico’ Miguel López Ortiz especially for this production and collected in an including 28 pages booklet:
Sylvia Rexach is, without doubt, the most celebrated female Puerto Rican composer. She left a small but very refined repertoire of 53 compositions in total, mainly boleros, several of which were written with Rafael «Tuti» Umpierre. In this occasion we will listen to Dí Corazón an arrangement in an authentic Puerto Rican rhythm, the bomba, with three trombones played by May Peters.
Puchi Balseiro is the Puerto Rican female composer who is best captured and identified the most with the essence of the filin, fusion of bolero and jazz. From her hand came very strucking boleros. Her Tu equivocación we will hear in this compact in medium swing tempo.
Gloria González has been the most outstanding and prolific of the Puerto Rican female salsa composers. Protégé from the legendary Tite Curet Alonso. Ever since, most of the stars of the salsa have recorded her compositions, such as Bobby Valentín y su Orquesta with Frankie Ruiz. In this work of May Peters we will hear Si no te hubieras ido.
Myrta Silva passed history as one of the most multifaceted, controversial and emblematic figures of the resplendent era of Puerto Rican television. We well hear her classics ¿Qué sabes tú? y Tengo que acostumbrarme arranged in a bolero medley.
Zulma Angélica González is possibly, the most well-known female Puerto Rican salsa composer after Gloria González. The list of those who performed her compositions includes Andy Montañez, Sammy González y Willie Rosario y su Orquesta with Gilberto Santa Rosa and Tony Vega. In this recording, May Peters offers us her version, in samba rhythm, of Nací y así soy, originally recorded by Cano Estremera with the band of el maestro Valentín.
Lily Delgado has been one of the most representative female voices of the music of trios in Puerto Rico Almost her entire career has been developed in front of the group Lily y su Gran Trío, Throughout her career she performed on stages in the United States, Central and South America. From her authorship, here we will hear, adapted to plena, the other authentic rhythm of Puerto Rico, her composition, Estoy enamorado.
Lucy Fabery internationally promoted under her nickname «La Muñeca de Chocolate», «the Chocolate Doll»,is the Puerto Rican singer who could be identified the most with the Cuban filin style. Her passionate way and personality, together with her exotic mullata beauty, captivated every audience. From her we will listen now, in yambú rhythm to La oportunidad.
Iris Chacón proclaimed as «La Vedette de América» ever since the dawn of her career. This explosive and sensual artist was the main figureduring the whole decade of the ‘70. She is recognized as the most genuine and impressive sex symbol projected through the national television of Puerto Rico. Caramelo y chocolate, originally in pop style, appeared in the highest ranks of the Hit Parade thoughout almost all year 1971. May Peters offers us her version arranged to cha-cha-chá.
May Peters: trombone, executive producer
Eric Figueroa: musical production, piano and arrangements
Ramón Vázquez: bass, double bass
Paoli Mejías: conga’s, buleador, pandero
Tony Escapa: drums
Luis Manuel «Manolito» Rodríguez: timbales
Daniel Díaz: bongo’s, campana, buleador, panderos: quinto/seguidor/tumbador
Pablo «el Indio» Rosario: maracas, guïro, clave and minor percussion
Greg Smitt: elec. guitar
Pedro Guzmán: cuatro puertorriqueño
Mickey Alvarado: surdo,pandeiro,tamborin,shaker,caxixi,cuíca,whistles & percussion effects
Raúl Berríos: cuíca and chékere
Cándido Reyes: güícharo
Franscisco 'Kiko' Hurtado: recording and mixing engineer
About May Peters and the album:
Trombonist, musical director and writer May Peters was a the teacher Trombone Jazz and Caribbean Music at the Conservatory de Puerto Rico, where she wrote a book ¡Música,maestra! In 1994 she started out in the band of Eddie Santiago and Plena Libre. Later she would play with the orchestra of Elías Lopés accompanying famous salsa singers like Andy Montañez and Lalo Rodriguez. She was a guest at the 55 Anniversary of La Sonora Ponceña.
When she approached last year well-known arranger and pianist Eric Figueroa in her second homeland Puerto Rico to produce her debut album, they both hadn’t the idea that they would add an new product to the already rich music culture of the Puerto Rico. Figueroa, known of his work with Bata Cumbele, Descarga Boricua and later on as a producer of Luis Enrique, Olga Tañon and many more started to arrange eight compositions. Again he was renewing. And he ended up with a
refreshing concept of arrangements of famous female Puerto Rican composers. A tribute with percussion and trombone to the Grandes Dames of Puerto Rican music. And who was more adequate to do so then a woman on trombone, with a decent Jazz education as a background (Conservatory Hilversum- the Netherlands) and a passion for Afro Caribbean music? May Peters lives over 12 years in Puerto Rico. Alternating with the Netherlands and Curacao, where she worked two years as a trombonist at the Tumbafestival ’94, ’95, 2008.
San Juan- Puerto Rico- USA