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Conrad Herwig Presents the Latin Side of Miles

Half Note Records will release a new disc from trombonist Conrad Herwig tomorrow titled Another Kind of Blue: The Latin Side of Miles Davis. As the title suggests, Herwig has dressed trumpeter Miles Davis’ seminal modal-jazz album Kind of Blue in Afro-Cuban and Afro-Caribbean rhythms. This is the second time Herwig has recast the works of a jazz legend in the Latin mold on record. He first tried it out on the 1996 album The Latin Side of John Coltrane.

The new album documents live performances at New York’s Blue Note from March 6-8, 2003. Herwig is joined by trumpeter Brian Lynch, reedist Paquito D’Rivera, flutist Dave Valentin, pianist Edsel Gomez, bassist John Benitiz, drummer Robby Ameen, baritone saxophonist Mario Rivera and percussionist Richie Flores. In Addition to the five Kind of Blue tunes, Herwig adds an arrangement of Davis’ “Petits Machins.” Davis’ version of that tune can be heard on The Miles Davis Quintet, 1965-68: The Complete Columbia Studio Recordings (Columbia/Legacy).

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