Latin Jazz Suite

Latin Jazz Suite

by Lalo Schifrin


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Sprawling Latin jazz concert suites are nothing new; ask Chico O'Farrill, who pioneered that feat nearly a half-century before the chameleonic, prolific Lalo Schifrin got to it. But it isn't done very often and, when it is, the results usually are quite good. Each movement in Schifrin's project bears a title referring to some influential region -- "Montuno" (Cuba), "Martinique" (Caribbean), "Pampas" (Argentina), "Fiesta" (Spain), "Ritual" (Africa), and "Manaos" (Brazil) -- though they do not necessarily use the styles associated with those places. Clocking in at a staggering 65 minutes, the suite makes prudent use of all that space by turning over a lot of room to two star soloists, trumpeter Jon Faddis and saxophonist David Sanchez, not to mention the composer himself on piano. Faddis, a perennial guest on earlier Schifrin projects, is especially fiery and eloquent (perhaps Schifrin sees him as a reasonable facsimile of his late beloved sponsor, Dizzy Gillespie), and Sanchez can also be heard at his best on soprano and tenor. Much of this suite has a great deal of vitality -- especially the last three movements, "Fiesta," "Ritual," and "Manaos" -- no doubt boosted by recording Cologne's participating WDR Big Band, the soloists, and a fine imported Latin percussion section (including Alex Acuna) in a live performance. Still, there are stretches where you wonder whether Schifrin, despite his enormous capacity for outside projects, has spent too much time scoring films; most of "Pampas," from the tune to the percussion effects, sounds just like something he would write for the latest celluloid thriller -- and it seems a bit stale. Yet this has to be counted as a success overall, for the best passages ride quite high.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/14/1999
Label: Aleph Records
UPC: 0651702633524
catalogNumber: 13
Rank: 115792

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Performance Credits

Lalo Schifrin   Primary Artist,Piano
Jon Faddis   Trumpet
Alex Acuña   Percussion
Ignacio Berroa   Drums
John Goldsby   Bass
Dave Horler   Trombone
David Sanchez   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Koji Paul Shigihara   Guitar
Rob Bruynen   Trumpet
Andy Haderer   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Bernt Laukamp   Trombone
Klaus Osterloh   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Rolf Romer   Reeds
Harold Rosenstein   Reeds
Heiner Wiberny   Reeds
Frank Chastenier   Organ,Piano
Jens Neufang   Reeds
Ludwig Nuss   Trombone
Lucas Schmid   Trombone
Marcio Doctor   Percussion
John Marshall   Trumpet,Flugelhorn

Technical Credits

Lalo Schifrin   Producer,Liner Notes
Donna Schifrin   Executive Producer
Theresa Eastman   Artwork,Art Direction
Christian Cluxen   Contributor

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