Personnel: Charlie Rouse (tenor saxophone); Freddie Hubbard (trumpet); McCoy Tyner (piano); Kenny Burrell, Willie Bobo (guitar); Bob Cranshaw, Larry Gales (bass); Billy Higgins (drums); Patato Valdes (conga); Garvin Masseux.
Recorded at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on November 26, 1962 and on January 22, 1965. Includes liner notes by Leonard Feather.
BOSSA NOVA BACCHANAL, a 1962 date by tenor saxophonist Charlie Rouse celebrates a grander and funkier scale of what Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd did earlier in 1962. Unlike Getz, Rouse didn't feel he needed to be a purist about it, and welcomed all sorts of Afro-Caribbean variations into his music. His choice of bandmates reflects that: a three-piece percussion section with drummer Willie Bobo, conguero Carlos "Patato" Valdes, and Garvin Masseaux on chekere. Add to this bassist Larry Gales, and a pair of guitarists, Kenny Burrell, and Chauncey Westbrook, along with Rouse, and it is an unusual and exotic sextet. For his part, Rouse's embrace of bossa nova, as well as other Latin and Caribbean music, is firmly rooted in jazz. Rhythmically, Rouse, who is a hard bopper if there ever was one, takes the rhythmic and harmonic concepts of the samba, marries them to Afro-Caribbean folk styles, and burns it all through with the gloriously unapologetic swing of jazz. Ultimately, this is one of Rouse's finest moments as a leader.