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CD Review: Bobby Matos Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble - Mambo Jazz Dance

In the album Mambo Jazz Dance, Bobby Matos brings together the sounds of Afro Latin Jazz from Cuba, Puerto Rico and Brasil.

Some of the music like pianist Theo Saunders originals "Mambo Chris", "Huevos Rancheros", Lalo Schiffrin "Recuerdos", and Lou Perez "No me digan na" echoes the era of the Latin Jazz Big Bands, even though this is just a six piece band. From that era, the album includes good versions of Tito Rodriguez "Oiganlo", and Tito Puente "Mas bajo".

Bobby Matos adds a caribbean flavor to Ary Barroso samba "Bahia".

However, two of the most interesting tracks on the release are Bobby Matos originals "Mama coolbeans" and the 70's sounds and spanish/english poetry of "The New Woman".

Tracks: Mambo Chris, Anna, Mama Coolbeans, The New Woman, Bahia, Recuerdos, Huevos Rancheros, Oiganlo, Mas Bajo, Amanecer, No me digan na

Musicians: Theo Saunders - piano, John B. Williams - bass, Pablo Calogero - tenor sax, flute, Dan Weinstein - trombone, violin, Robertito Melendez - congas, vocals, Bobby Matos - timbales

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