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 Classical/BMG) August, 1996.
“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)
“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)