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Jerry González Y El Comando De La Clave : Jerry González Y El Comando De La Clave

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After settling in Madrid in 2000, in part as the result of his involvement in Spanish director and producer Fernando Trueba’s film Calle 54, Nuyorican trumpeter and conguero Jerry González became a hub of flamenco-jazz activity. Jerry González Y El Comando De La Clave marks González’s debut on record with his Madrid-based quartet: Javier “Caramelo” Massó, on piano; Alain Pérez, bass; Kiki Ferrer, drums; and Alberto “Chele” Cobo, claves. (Diego el Cigala makes an appearance on Tito Rodriguez’s classic “Avísale A Mi Contrario.”)

In González’s work, innovation and tradition are never far apart. Here, the model is not a jazz ensemble but Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, the exemplary Cuban rumba group. And why not? In the liner notes González writes, “I’ve always said that if John Coltrane had known Los Muñequitos de Matanzas they [would] have been the perfect rhythm section for him.”

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