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Further Dance

by Roland Vazquez

"... brilliant" audiophile live-2 trk "Latin rhythmic chamber jazz" w. Walt Weiskopf, Mark Soskin, Anthony Jackson, & Ricardo Candelaria.
Genre: Jazz: Latin Jazz
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1. Sevilla (feat. Walt Weiskopf & Mark Soskin)
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2. Las Mediosas (Feat. Mark Soskin & Walt Weiskopf)
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3. Beyond This Dream (feat. Walt Weiskopf & Anthony Jackson)
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4. Sylviana (feat. Walt Weiskopf & Mark Soskin)
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5. Sum Fun Dango (feat. Ricardo Candelaria)
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6. Tu Sabes? (feat. Walt Weiskopf & Mark Soskin)
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7. No Place to Hide This Heart (feat. Walt Weiskopf, Mark Soskin & Anthony Jackson)
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8. The Path of Change (feat. Walt Weiskopf & Mark Soskin)
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9. The Price (feat. Walt Weiskopf)
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10. Duo 2 (feat. Anthony Jackson)
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11. Further Dance (feat. Walt Weiskopf, Mark Soskin & Anthony Jackson)
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FURTHER DANCE (76:59) FEATURING: WALT WEISKOPF, tenor sax & flute; MARK SOSKIN, piano; ANTHONY JACKSON, contrabass guitar; RICARDO CANDELARIA, congas, bongo, timbal; ROLAND VAZQUEZ, drums & percussion. Recorded live to 20-bit two-track at Clinton Recording in New York by Todd Whitelock (Sony/BMG) August, 1996.
“FURTHER DANCE is an accomplished audiophile quality CD and a splendid showcase for Vazquez’ compositions. Further Dance is one of the finest sounding jazz records you’ll hear all year.” (Keith Zimmerman, Gavin Report, April 25, ’97)
“Roland Vazquez mixes Afro-Cuban rhythms with strong melodies for complex and compelling compositions. His FURTHER DANCE may be the best overlooked CD of the year. “ (Bob Blumenthal, The Boston Globe, July 11, ’97)
“Years after breaking ground in large-ensemble Latin rhythmic jazz with his LA Jazz Ensemble (AKA Urban Ensemble), visionary percussionist Roland Vazquez continues to re-define the way we experience music on the engaging release FURTHER DANCE. Utilizing tight Quintet arrangements, Vazquez here records live to two-track, for an uncommonly energetic, “real-time” feel in emotion-spanning mini epics like “No Place to Hide This Heart.” The dynamics and spaces speak as intently as the notes on salsa-fied originals like the pulsating piano-based “Tu Sabes,” with the two-track recording lending the immediacy of the musicians playing in the same room- not just with each other, but with the listener. Vazquez also hasn’t lost his vision in selecting musicians: his Quintet, anchored by Mark Soskin on piano and Anthony Jackson on contrabass guitar (in itself adding a greater depth to the music) is highly sensitive, executing complex dynamics in in absorbing tunes like “The Path of Change.” Besides the array of multi-phased percussive compositions Vazquez also offers a pair of improvised vignettes, including the high energy percussion conversation with Ricardo Candelaria, “Sum Fun Dango.” After listening to hours of massively overdubbed, slickly engineered recordings Vazquez’ work presents a welcome opportunity to get back to the basics of live, emotionally arresting music.” (Hilarie Grey, JazzTimes, April ’97)
“Sound: A+, Performance: A / every few years, New York drummer/percussionist/composer Roland Vazquez releases a self-produced CD that fuses Latin rhythms with jazz improvisation. And FURTHER DANCE is his most satisfying album to date. Here he is accompanied by pianist Mark Soskin (Sonny Rollins pianist for the past two decades), the vastly underrated saxophonist Walt Weiskopf, Ricardo Candelaria on congas and percussion, and Anthony Jackson on contrabass guitar. Vazquez’ original compositions put a contemporary spin on old-school montunos and songos, a fresh-sounding funk/salsa/be-bop hybrid. The result is exhilarating on percolating fare like “Las Mediosas”, “Tu Sabes?”, and “The Path of Change” and is affecting on alluring ballads like “The Price” and “Beyond This Dream,” both of which showcase Weiskopf’s lyrical big-toned tenor sax and Soskin’s cascading piano lines. “Sum Fun Dango” is a spirited percussion jam between Vazquez and Candelaria. On “Duo 2” the percussionist goes toe to toe with virtuoso bassist Jackson.

Recorded live to 20-bit two-track at Clinton Recording in New York, Further Dance is a brilliant document of how much Latin jazz has evolved since the 1940s when Dizzy Gillespie and Chano Pozo helped establish the genre. Try to imagine Latinized Brecker Brothers, and you’ll get a clear picture of where Roland Vazquez is at.” (Bill Milkowski, Audio, July ’97)
“Remember this name – Roland Vazquez. I saw his big band burn up the New Have Festival a couple of years ago and his latest CD, FURTHER DANCE, is a “live” studio recording of the white hot core of that big band… Further Dance, Vazquez’ fifth CD on his own RVCD label, was captured by Sony Music engineers “live” to 20-bit 2-track with no overdubs, isolation, mixes, or board fades. In other words, what you hear is what you get in concert… Vazquez sums up his effort this way: “ It was my goal to produce a state of the art ‘live in the same room’ recording of this group – a process which I believe reflects the intense emotional depth of these wonderful musicians… I have found it greatly rewarding to write for these players- all of whom interpret the music on the page beautifully, while adding their own highly original expressions.” (Scott H. Thompson, The Jazz Report, Summer ’97)


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