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Jerry Gonzalez/Jerry Gonzalez & the Fort Apache Band: Obatalá

Album Notes

Full performer name: Jerry Gonzalez & The Fort Apache Band.

Jerry Gonzalez & The Fort Apache Band: Jerry Gonzalez (trumpet, flugelhorn, congas); Milton Cardona (vocals, bata, chekere); John Stubblefield (tenor saxophone); Angel "Papo" Vasquez (trombone); Larry Willis (piano); Edgardo Miranda (guitar); Andy Gonzalez (bass); Steve Berrios (drums, bata, chekere, background vocals); Hector Hernandez (congas, bata, chekere, backgraound vocals); Nicky Marrero (timbales, percussion).

Recorded live at the International Jazz Festival, Zurich, Switzerland on November 6, 1988. Includes liner notes by Russ Musto.

Recorded live in Zurich, this is one of the finest recordings by Jerry Gonzalez & the Fort Apache Band. Mixing together bop and post-bop with Latin jazz, Gonzalez's ten-piece group consists of his trumpet and congas, tenor saxophonist John Stubblefield, trombonist Papo Vasquez, pianist Larry Willis and a six-piece rhythm section including four percussionists. Gonzalez and his band show that it is possible to turn even such numbers as "Nefertiti," Miles Davis' "Eighty-One" and Thelonious Monk's "Jackie-Ing" into heated Afro-Cuban jazz. Highly recommended. ~ Scott Yanow


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