Ramon Taranco | The Adventures of Bo Segovia

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The Adventures of Bo Segovia

by Ramon Taranco

Ride with Pancho Villa, dance the streets of Maximo Gomez, Cuba with Ramon Taranco and his Havana Blues Revue (various guest singers), the best in World Blues/Funk this side of the Rio Grande.
Genre: Blues: New Orleans Blues
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1. St George Street Overture
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2. Babes Elusive
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3. Buffalo Skies
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4. Ghost Dance
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5. Isolation Blues
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6. Blues Keep Thrillin Me
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7. Spirit of Muddy Waters
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8. The Adventures of Bo Segovia
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Follow the musical journey that takes place as far north as St. George Street, Toronto and as far south as the streets of Máximo Gómez, Cuba and Nochistlan de Zacatecas, Mexico, then east to Brooklyn, New York and all the way west to the LA dreamlands. Tales of broken hearts and loving Elusive Babes. Listen to The Adventures of Bo Segovia; Bo Segovia, who, at age fifteen rides and fights with Pancho Villa during the Mexican Revolution, escapes into Texas, rides the rails to Chicago, and ends his odyssey in LA. Do you wanna Ghost Dance under Buffalo Skies? And when I'm feeling a kind of Isolation Blues, I'll pick up and play my guitar because the Blues Keep Thrillin' Me and the Spirit of Muddy Waters always keeps me searchin' and searchin' and searchin'.

Music and lyrics are composed by Bo's grandson, guitarist Ramon Taranco, the Cuban-born Mexican-American raised in Canada who now resides in New York City. Ramon and his Havana Blues Revue--in the tradition of the old big band and R&B revues where one band and band leader backs and features a variety of singers--take you on a magical ride.

The vocalists and instrumentalists are New York City’s crème de la crème. Vocalists: Denosh Bennett, Eddie Bobe, Craig Derry, Danny Frazier, Marchelle Jackson, Eunique Mack, Ramon Taranco and Lee Williams. On drums and percussion, Eddie Bobe, John Jenkins, Danny Sadownick and Ernesto Simpson; on harmonica, William Galison; on tenor sax and clarinet, Craig Handy; on organ, Greg Lewis and Danny Mixon; on violin, Samir Shukry; on electric bass, Essiet Okon Essiet, Buster Hemphill and Harvie S.; and on guitars, Ramon Taranco.


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Paul armstrong

the adventures og bo segovia
this bitch is smokin !

Wildy Haskell - WILDY'S WORLD

"a fine blues/rock writer with strong jazz elements"
"a highly personal style that is distinctive and unique."

The Adventures Of Bo Segovia finds Taranco evolving into a fine Blues/Rock writer with strong Jazz elements. The growth that occurred between Bermuda Triangle and Bo Segovia is notable, although not surprising given the 15 years that passed in between. Taranco isn't afraid to ignore musical boundaries when he comes across them. BABES ELUSIVE is a smoky blues tune for the verses and a reggae jam in the chorus. ISOLATION BLUES opens as an experimental jazz piece before evolving into a fusion of Cuban Jazz and Rock. While Taranco seems to enjoy in engaging in such novelty, he never sacrifices melody for the sake of sound; an admirable quality. Check out SPIRIT OF MUDDY WATERS; Mississippi blues gone electric in a highly listenable song. Other highlights include GHOST DANCE, ST. GEORGE STREET OVERTURE and BLUES KEEP THRILLIN' ME.

Ramon Taranco is a top-notch songwriter and musician. Between Music From The Bermuda Triangle and The Adventures Of Bo Segovia there is a long drought of recorded material, but it's very clear that the drought wasn't a musical one. Music From The Bermuda Triangle shows a talented if raw songwriter with a highly experimental mien. The Adventures Of Bo Segovia shows a mature and subtle composer truly come into his own.

Peter Van Laarhoven

'Spirit of Muddy Waters' a superb blues track
Ramon Taranco’s second release is... definitely more jazz-oriented than it’s predecessor. Well, it’s not just the jazz chords that do the trick. It’s more like one gigantic puzzle of musical styles and ideas. I guess this is what certain people refer to as World Beat music.

I just love this. ”The Adventures of Bo Segovia” has great dynamics, lovely tempo-changes, great guitar work, all blended into world beat pop tunes.

My favourite track is ‘Spirit of Muddy Waters’, a superb blues track. Runner-up is the six-minute title track which tells the adventures of Ramon’s grandfather.

Excellent!

MOJO MENDIOLA www.global-mojo.com, Germany

“Guitarist Ramon Taranco…plays his very own, highly interesting style…exciting a
Music From The Bermuda Triangle ●●●●
The Adventures Of Bo Segovia ●●●●

Der aus Cuba stammende Gitarrist Ramon Taranco lebt in meiner alten Nachbarschaft Astoria, Queens, New York und kam auf dem Umweg über Toronto, Kanada dort hin. Musikalisch hat er als junger Bursche vom Blues über Hard Rock und Jazz bis zu diversen lateinamerikanischen Richtungen alles Mögliche in sich aufgesogen und spielt heute einen hochinteressanten eigenen Stil auf der nylon-saitigen Gitarre. Da mischen sich Bossa Nova und New Age, Jazz und Calypso, klassische spanische Gitarre und Chicago Blues, Tango und Nashville Sound, 60s Rock und Irish Folk – mal tanzbar, mal viel zu schade zum Hüpfen, auf jeden Fall immer spannend. Begleitet wurde er bei diesen Aufnahmen von ganz unterschiedlichen, allesamt ausgezeichneten Instrumentalisten, sogar von einem Gospel-Chor. „Music From The Bermuda Triangle“ wurde in Toronto aufgenommen, „The Adventures Of Bo Segovia“ in New York, beide sehr professionell, und beider Städte Feeling färbt auch auf den jeweiligen Sound ab. Hier gibt es mal wieder eine von den Pflanzen zu entdecken, die im Verborgenen blühen, nur weil unser Mann noch nicht im richtigen Moment dem richtigen Produzenten über den Weg gelaufen ist. Sehr anhörenswert, auch wenn er singt!

Guitarist Ramon Taranco, hailing from Cuba, lives in my old neighborhood in Astoria, Queens, New York and got there by detour via Toronto, Canada. As a kid he soaked up any music from Blues over Hard Rock and Jazz to diverse Latin American stuff. Today he plays his very own, highly interesting style on nylon stringed guitar. Bossa Nova and New Age marry, Jazz and Calypso, classical Spanish guitar and Chicago Blues, Tango and Nashville Sound, 60s Rock and Irish Folk – sometimes danceable, sometimes too good to hop to – in any case exciting all along the way. Taranco played these tracks with quite different, yet generally brilliant instrumentalists, even with a Gospel choir. “Music From The Bermuda Triangle” was recorded in Toronto, “The Adventures Of Bo Segovia” in New York, both very professionally and either one rubbed by the feeling of the recording city. You may discover one of those plants here blooming in seclusion, just because our man so far hasn’t run across the right producer at the right moment. But he’s very much worth listening to, also when singing.

whitney marchelle jackson

the whole cd
Hi this is Whitney Marchelle Jackson wirter and vocalist. So Happy to be a part of your project I learned some things and had a ball. Interesting concept for a Jazz vocalist as my self see me on CD BABY; ME, MARSALIS & MONK CD. THANKS TRANCO WISHING YOU CONTINUED SUCCESS REGARDING THIS PROJECT.

Lance Doty

Bo Segovia
The Adventures of Bo Segovia by New York based Ramon Taranco takes you on ride through a land of edgy blues, sweet mama harmonies, cuban machismo and some the horniest guitar licks this side of Halstead St. Viva Bo!

Patrick Doyle, CEO NativeRadio.com

VERY UPLIFTING
"I am truly impressed and amazed at Ramon's talents...his music is so very uplifting."

Bridget B - host of "An Evening of Afrotainment" on KBOO Radio,

"Geez, what the heck should I not play?!"
"....your music is great...your international infusions and changes in tempo really caught my attention and made me stop and listen...thank you for your story and a chance to air your music...geez, what the heck should I not play...."

Diana Brooks


The layers in his music defy description, from Ben Mink's soaring violin, to drums that set off reverberations in your gut, to the brass that sparkle like sundance on the water ~ and then a human voice that scats around from haunting to hectoring, sometimes the alma de espagna, sometimes the soul of New York City. The experience of listening to Taranco's music is like a Saturday morning stroll through a multi-cultural neighbourhood; you turn corners to find unexpected encounters, street games and lover's quarrels, flights of birds, eclipses of the sun ~ who else can use a clarinet or an accordion with such results? Who else would put the blues to a samba beat? This is such an original composer that one can almost forget the stunning virtuoso guitar playing that underlies it all.

Darryl Gregory

a CD that Grooves and Rocks
I must say that I expected something else after looking at the CD cover art of Ramon Taranco’s new CD The Adventures of Bo Segovia. With a band name like the Havana Blues Revue, I expected Latin style blues, I expected dance rhythms, I did not expect Weather Report. But that’s what I got with the first track, "St. George Street Overture," a really funky guitar-bass-drum heterophonic display of riff technique. So after changing my mental gears I dove back into what turned out to be a really fun and funky CD.

Taranco has gathered together some NYC studio musician all-stars on this CD that creates a sonic landscape for the character Bo Segovia to travel across. Bo Segovia (the grandfather of Taranco) fought with Pancho Villa during the Mexican Revolution and then escaped into Texas to then travel the USA. Taranco leads this big band from his guitar (and sometimes vocals) in the tradition of the old Havana band leaders like Desi Arnaz and Mario Bauza and inviting a variety of soloist and vocalist to the stage.

Overall the tracks on this CD do tend toward the smooth jazz of Weather Report or Herbie Hancock, but there is enough variety to keep the listener engaged and wanting to hear what’s coming up.

"Ghost Dance" has a very Zappa-esque feel. Taranco has a voice reminiscent of Frank Zappa and the breaks are technical and “out there” at times. It even sounds as if the band has dropped into Southern India with the way the fiddle is being played by Samir Shukry.

"Isolation Blues" utilizes stratospheric chords that slide all over the chromatic spectrum ala Steely Dan and then floats into a Santana-like Latin funk. This is the track where we are transported to Havana and can dance (albeit for only a few bars) to a Latin groove.

The only track that came close to the traditional blues form was "Blues Keep Thrillin’ Me." Some flaming organ by Danny Mixon and an amazing-sweet clarinet obbligato by Craig Handy really make this track stand out.

The title track acts an entre acte to this musical revue. The song is a fine study in styles starting with acoustic guitar and the sound of soft shoe dancing then heading back into the strong jazz-funk that the rest of the CD is built around. Again I was reminded of Zappa in the way that he would just change gears in the middle of a song if it needed to take the story somewhere else and the way that the whole band would just drop what they’re doing and follow the vocal line.

Ramon Taranco definitely knows his stuff and delivers a CD that grooves and rocks. The playing is superb and is worth a listen.
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