Personnel: Paquito D'Rivera (alto saxophone, clarinet); Arturo Sandoval (vocals, trumpet, flugelhorn, whistle, percussion); Fareed Haque (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars); David Finck (vocals, bass); Mark Walker (vocals, drums, percussion); Giovanni Hidalgo (vocals, bongos, percussion); Gotz A. Worner, Wolfgang Konig, Uwe Feltens, Rike, Francoise Gillig-Degrave (vocals); Danilo Perez (piano).
Recorded at Bauer Studios, Ludwigsburg, Germany in August 1990. Includes liner notes by Luis Tamargo.
Personnel: Paquito d'Rivera (clarinet, alto saxophone); Arturo Sandoval (vocals, whistling, flute, trumpet, flugelhorn, percussion); Fareed Haque (guitar, acoustic guitar); Danilo Pérez (piano); Mark Walker (drums, percussion); Giovanni Hidalgo (bongos, percussion).
Liner Note Author: Luis Tamargo.
Recording information: Bauer Studios Ludwigsburg, Germany (1990).
Two of Latin jazz's most brilliant leading lights are brought together on this 2004 recording. As alumni of the groundbreaking Orquestra Cubana de Musica Moderna, bandmates in the genre-splicing fusion group Irakere, defectors from their native Cuba, and international superstars, Paquito D'Rivera and Arturo Sandoval have a lot in common, not least their synthesis of complex Cuban styles within a range of jazz idioms. REUNION finds the two joining forces once again, with a remarkable young cadre of players lending support.
The smoky, gorgeous feel of Chucho Valdes's bolero "Claudia" allows ample space for D'Rivera's dead-eye melodic sense and pure, expressive tone on the sax. A treatment of "Body & Soul" (with fluid, dancing trumpet by Sandoval) offers the only other down-tempo breather in the set. Otherwise, an intricate web of frenetic Cuban rhythms dominates, all counterpoint and syncopation, with the musicians reeling off their considerable chops throughout (guitarist Fareed Haque deserves special mention). The insanely paced take on Dizzy Gillespie's "Tanga" is incandescent, with blazing solos all around, and superhuman drumming from Mark Walker. The high-minded musicianship is undeniable here, but the Latin groove rules. In addition to REUNION's stellar artistic merits, it is a dance album extraordinaire.
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