Become a member and get exclusive access to articles, live sessions and more!
Start Your Free Trial

Conrad Herwig: Sketches of Spain Y Mas

A companion piece to trombonist Conrad Herwig’s Grammy-nominated CD Another Kind of Blue-Sketches of Spain Y Mas derives from the same 2003 engagement at the Blue Note in Manhattan and offers listeners similar rewards, not least of which is the pleasure of hearing an all-star ensemble featuring reedmen Paquito D’Rivera and Mario Rivera, trumpeter Brian Lynch, pianist Edsel Gomez, flutist Dave Valentin, bassist John Benitez, drummer Robby Ameen and percussionist Richie Flores-a formidable nonet, to be sure.

Yet for all the talent assembled-and yes, the influence of Eddie Palmieri on the line-up and ensemble dynamics looms large-what makes this recording so enjoyable are the imaginatively devised arrangements included in the “Sketches of Spain” suite, which colorfully comprises “Concerto de Aranjuez,” “Satea” and “Solea,” and the charts for the album’s opening selections, “Solar” and “Seven Steps to Heaven.”

Start Your Free Trial to Continue Reading

Become a JazzTimes member to explore our complete archive of interviews, profiles, columns, and reviews written by music's best journalists and critics.
Originally Published