Rick Arroyo | On Fire in the Desert

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On Fire in the Desert

by Rick Arroyo

Afro-Cuban Jazz-Jazz with (Rice and BEANS) in the styles of Tito Puente,Eddie Palmieri,Mongo Santamaria.
Genre: Latin: Latin Jazz
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1. Blue Bossa
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4:46 album only
2. Equinox
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4:36 album only
3. Tres Deseos (Live)
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10:30 album only
4. Claudia (Live)
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8:52 album only
5. Ahora Si (Live)
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7:32 album only
6. Song For My Father
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6:12 album only
7. Dindi
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9:40 album only
8. Flight To Jordan
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3:53 album only
9. Song For My Father (Live Version)
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9:08 album only


Album Notes
Born in the Bronx, New York, Rick Began playing piano at the age of 9, drums at age 11, congas and vibraphone at the age of 14. He started playing professionally at the age of 15.

Composer and arranger, Rick appeared in The Coral Reef Lounge at Mandalay Bay every Monday night for four years with his 10 piece Latin dance band, The Latin Percussion Ensemble. He has played at The Blue Note, The House Of Blues, The Rio, The MGM Grand, Bellagio’s, Caesars Palace, The Stardust, New York, N.Y. and many other locations around town. Rick has performed at several of The City Of Lights Jazz Festivals, The Clark County Amphitheatre, The Reed Whipple Community Center and other venues including radio and television.

Rick has recorded and or played with Luis Conte, Michael Fitzhugh (of Shalomar), Artie Webb, Dan Weinstein, Bill Laster, Art Velasco, Ramon Flores, Francisco Aguabella, Poncho Roman, Joe Torres, Dick Berk , Pachito Alonso, Papo Conga, Karen Briggs, Dick Mitchell, Dan St. Marsais,Papo Rodriguez, Johnny Conga, Larry White, Hector Casanova, Tata Palau, Johnny “Dandy” Rodriguez, Luis Miranda, Bobby Matos, Johnny Polanco, Eddie Resto David Romero. Shared the stage with The Yellow Jackets, Fatburger, The Rippingtons, Gerald Albright, Carl Fontana Everrett Harp, Gilberto Santa Rosa and many others.

He has opened for Tito Puente, Willie Chirino, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Jesus Alemany, David Benoit, Richard Elliott, Michael McDonald, Donna Summers, The Beach Boys and many others.

Whether with a trio, quartet, quintet or full 10 piece orchestra Rick can provide Latin Jazz, straight ahead jazz, Funk or most styles of music.

On Fire In The Desert has 2 special guests Johnny (Dandy)Rodriguez 35 years plus with the Tito Puente Orchestra. Johnny is on tracks 1,2,and 6. Tata Palau on tracks 4 and 9 has recorded and played with Tito Puente and is currently working and recording with Cachao.

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It was great
The cd was great, lent it to a jazz lover and she also thought it was fantasic. Really love the title. I never heard Latin Jazz before and I just love the beat of it.

mel Perez

Crisp, tight arrangements by Rick; highly danceable!
The arrangements and performance of this CD is very reminiscent of the tight,hard "street sound" I remember in New York City back in the greatest decade for latin music, the '70's. Rick knows what material to select, and he is an ardent student of the school of latin/jazz. A must have for any collector.

Arlene Berke

Great music, great arrangements, great musicians. I loved it.
I loved this cd because it was true Latin Jazz and not Jazz with a bit of Latin Percussion thrown in. The piano solos were out of site, especially on the live recording of Song For My Father. Sax really grooves on the live recordings and the arrangement of Dindi was absolutely beautiful