Menendez_havana_span3
May 2005

Pablo Menendez
Havana Blues Mambo
Zoho

Pablo Menendez has gained a measure of fame with the Cuban jazz-rock group Mezcla, but Havana Blues Mambo (Zoho) is his debut as a leader. Teaming with a rotating cast of bassists, percussionists and saxophonists (plus splashes of piano, flute, acoustic guitar and vocals), Menendez plays spicy, Santana-inspired electric guitar on this inviting but somewhat disjointed session. While Afro-Cuban sounds are his touchstone, Menendez nods to various North American idioms, like folk-rock ("Sueno Con Serpientes," "People Together"), pop balladry ("Quien Fuera") and even Delta blues ("Bonnie's Blues Mambo"). The moody 7/8 piece "Grifo-Animal Mitologico" engages musically while adhering to an overall simplicity. The group vocals on "Akete Oba Oba" and "'Round Midnight" are infectious.

Originally published in May 2005
BUY THIS ALBUM from Amazon.com
STREAM THIS CD from Rhapsody.com

1 Comment

  • Sep 29, 2011 at 01:43PM Pablo MENENDEZ

    Thank you.
    Have you heard our new one?
    I'll See You In Cuba! (ZOHO MUSIC) Let us know so that we can ask ZOHO to send a review copy.

    We are collaborating with insightCUBA now.
    From Havana,
    Mezcla

Add a Comment

You need to log in to comment on this article. No account? No problem!