Passionate,fiery and with a non-stop groove, Janine Santana has (at long last) entered her submission as a leader....although there is nothing submissive going on here!
With a supportive crew of International and "local" maestros of their instruments, this recording boasts the skills and brilliance of such luminaries as BeBop legend Richie Cole on Alto Sax, Jose' Madera of Tito Puente Orchestra, and now the leader of The Latin Giants of Jazz on Timbales as well as Jimmi Espirit Hopps on Bongos, who drummed for the likes of Pharaoh Sanders for...well, a LONG time!
The songs chosen for this project are an eclectic mix, yet we trust you will comprehend the soulfull theme Janine put forth on Soft As Granite.
|POSTED BY: momof5pacs||POSTED ON: 23 Sep 2008 06:52 PM|
“Soft As Granite” is a lively Latin-jazz release from Janine Santana that combines traditional and authentic Afro-Cuban rhythms with mainstream jazz and elements of funk to create a exceptional, vibrant sound. The musicianship is of the highest order, with great horn solos and bebop lines floating on top of Santana’s rhythmic and intricate percussion patterns. Listen to “Close Your Eyes” for spirited vocals, great horn section arrangements, and a soaring trumpet solo. Even on the calmer tracks such as “Dignificada,” the intense passion is still there, with Santana’s percussion providing many textures and colors over rhythmic piano and horn figures. One bright spot is a clever arrangement and fiery interpretation of Freddie Hubbard’s classic “Red Clay”. The production is clear and crisp throughout, with every instrument having a distinctive place in the mix. Another definite highlight of this collection is an incredibly funky rendition of “Big Brother” by Steve Wonder. This is a particularly respectful version, with the style and vocals revealing a mysterious resemblance to the original artist. This album features a unique blend of the traditional folkloric Afro-Cuban rhythms with the more contemporary styles of Mainstream Jazz and Funk, and is highly recommended for any fan of Afro-Cuban music or Latin-jazz.-Rodney and the RI Reviewer Team
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