Personnel: Roswell Rudd (trombone); Yomo Toro (vocals, cuatro); Roswell Rudd; Bobby Sanabria (vocals, tamboura, drums, congas, bongos, claves, timbales, percussion, bells); Gene Jefferson (vocals, alto saxophone, hand claps); Hiram "El Pavo" Remón (vocals, hand claps, percussion); Dalia Silva, Michelle Silva, Alessandra Belloni (vocals); David Oquendo (tres); Jay Collins (flute, Native American flute, tenor saxophone); Raul Jaurena (bandoneon); Peter Brainin (alto saxophone); John Walsh , Mike Rodriguez (trumpet); Chris Washburne (trombone); John Di Martino (piano, organ); Yeissonn Villamar, George Cables, Igor Atalita (piano); Jorge Longo, Alex Hernandez, Andy Eulau, Boris Kozlov (acoustic bass); Wilson "Chembo" Corniel, Jr. (congas).
Additional personnel: Marciela Serrano, Dalia Silva, Michelle Silva (vocals); Ilmar Gavillan, Alicia Svigal (violin); Alex Hernandez (acoustic bass); Donald 'Spider' Nicks (electric bass); Hiram 'El Pavo' Remon (percussion); Chris Washburne, John Di Martino, Jorge Longo, Acension, David Oquendo, Yeissonn Villamar, George Cables, Gene Jefferson, Jay Collins, John Walsh , Alessandra Belloni, Andy Eulau, Peter Brainin, Raul Jaurena , Boris Kozlov, Wilson "Chembo" Corniel, Jr., Bobby Sanabria, Mike Rodriguez , Igor Atalita.
Audio Mixers: Roswell Rudd; Bobby Sanabria; Jimmie Gately.
Liner Note Authors: Yomo Toro; Roswell Rudd; Verna Gillis.
Recording information: Dangerous Studio; Kaleidoscope Studio; Peter Karl Audio; systems two.
Photographers: Verna Gillis; Larry Fink.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Dalia Silva; Hiram "El Pavo" Remón.
Arrangers: Roswell Rudd; David Oquendo; Bobby Sanabria; Raul Jaurena .
Inside-outside trombonist Roswell Rudd turns in an eclectic and exciting album with 2007's EL ESPIRITU JIBARO. The music leans toward Latin styles--with cumbia, tango, merengue, and mambo all represented--and the instrumentation, which includes cuarto (played by Yomo Toro), also reflects the overall vibe. But, as fans of Rudd would expect, there are plenty of curveballs, as EL ESPIRITU JIBARO folds in traditional jazz, free tendencies, and witty, clever flourishes to this fun recording full of great playing and top-notch ensemble work.