Rebeca Mauleon | Descarga en California

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Descarga en California

by Rebeca Mauleon

Cuban Descarga at its finest form. Rebeca Mauleon leading some of the most accomplished musicians in the genre: Armando Peraza(Santana), Giovanni Hidalgo, among others. Great jammin' sets.
Genre: Jazz: Latin Jazz
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1. El Manisero
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2. Bongocero
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5:07 album only
3. Siboney
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5:03 album only
4. Suena Tu Timbal
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5:58 album only
5. Cepeda Forever
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4:55 album only
6. Wolenche
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4:37 album only
7. Serenata Ritmica
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7:52 album only
8. Califas
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9. Songo-Changui
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10. Peruchineando
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Descarga en California offers the best of both worlds. The music is familiar, like home, and yet the performances are so daring that one can't help but feel that they are hearing compana for the first time. Though the disc is noticeably void of piano solos, which seems strange at first, Rebeca Mauleón certainly makes her presence known. She has a swing and grace to her style that is unmistakable, the spine of the band. Percussionists Armando Peraza, Orestes Vilato, and Giovanni Hidalgo supply more than enough mind-bending, time-shifting solo phrases to make up for the lack of showing off on the part of the band leader. With an unmistakably West Coast taste for backbeat, the priority of every tune is the pocket, an unwavering groove, cut deep by Cuban drummer Jimmy Branley. Every single tune twists and winds its way to top-of-the-lungs coro-shouting intensity before fading out, in true descarga style. The arrangements are smart and tasty, with the confident touch of an artist who has nothing to prove, just wanting to make truly good music. The soloists, on the other hand, play with reckless abandon, like they have nothing to lose. It is exactly Mauleón's ability to find this balance that distinguishes her as one of the hippest bandleaders in Latin music today. Latin music fans can only hope that there's alot more where Descarga en California came from.


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Ray Cepeda

"Descarga en California" is Great!
This CD has the heart of a Lion. It is what the title suggests, “Decarga”, (Discharge or Unload). The rhythm section is phenomenal. It features some of the best percussionist living today, (Orestes Vilato, Giovanni Hidalgo, Armando Peraza). The CD is a blend of Latin Jazz, Salsa, and some Rock elements like in the song “Califias”. I enjoyed listening to the recording as it is very well produced and balanced. Rebeca Mauleon has showed time and time again her musicianship abilities and versatility on piano and voice around the San Francisco Bay area and World. “Descarga En California”, is an A+ effort…

Arran Valkin

Exciting but a bit repetitive
I am a fan of Rebecca Mauleon. I enjoy this album, but I find that it is a bit static. Obviously the musicians on the album are great but it lacks variety in some respects. I find the harmonies tend to stand still, and this makes the music all start to sound the same. What I mean is that the progressions seem to go back and forth without engaging me and things kind of don't change that much over the duration of the CD.

Naturally, this music is about groove and variation, and the band is really tops at those things. But to state it another way, I think the album lacks the x-factor that would make it a top Latin album. Having said that, if you like the relentless energy and subtlety of the Descarga and you want to hear a top notch ensemble, this album is highly recommended.

Richard Drury

Outstanding Latin Jazz!
This is one of the best Latin Jazz CD's in years. Lots of piano, horns and percussion and some truly innovative sounds!