Round Trip

Round Trip

by Rebeca Mauleón


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For her debut CD, San Francisco-based pianist Mauleon has put together a helluva band, with the timbales master Orestes Vilato, trumpeters John Worley and Louis Fasman, trombonist Jeff Cressman, bassist David Belove, drummer Paul VanWageningen, saxophonist Alex Murzyn, and on select tracks, the wonderful flute player John Calloway, baritone saxophonist Melecio Magdaluyo, and drummer Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez. Mauleon also plays percussion instruments, but is primarily on acoustic piano for these ten cuts, eight of which she wrote. Her touch is medium-light, dramatic when called upon, quite steady and consistent, especially in the montuno area, and highly melodic. There are four outstanding original instrumental pieces. The introductory "Songomania" is a very hip, singing horn melody with riveting flute, piano, and trombone solos as a prelude for a montuno allowing Vilato to cut loose. "Fresa y Chocolate" is a heavier horn chart with Magdaluyo's bari added, a funkier cha-cha, and a feature for Fasman's rip-it-up trumpet. The best of the bunch, "Congri" has repetitive horn lines, more of Calloway's determined flute excursions, and a fresh sound that leaps out of the speakers. The title track is a hotter horn chart, letting Hernandez and Worley fly. All of these are great examples of Mauleon's talent as a writer and bandleader. Of the remainder, a lovely version of "'Round Midnight" with Calloway leading; Murzyn's flute on the flamenco-informed "Gitana"; and the nature lover's piano piece "New Dawn" add contrast. Further, there are two quite different vocal cuts, one being a take on the Staple Singers hit "I'll Take You There" with El Negro and lead singer Brenda Boykin, and Boykin leading a chorale in a Afro-Cuban gospel fusion for "At the River," using the line "one foot in Africa, one foot in Cuba, one hand in Brasil, the other in America." This CD shows more than promise, it is the beginning of a new star rising on the Latin jazz scene, and from all indications, Mauleon has just scratched the surface. Can't wait to hear her next effort. Highly recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/14/1999
Label: Bembe Records
UPC: 0602303202329
catalogNumber: 2023
Rank: 114285

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rebeca Mauleón   Primary Artist,Percussion,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Claves,Chekere,Guiro,Palmas
Linda Tillery   Vocals
Alex Murzyn   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Jeanie Tracy   Vocals
David Belove   Bass
Anthony Blea   Violin
Brenda Boykin   Vocals
John Calloway   Flute
Jeff Cressman   Trombone
Louis Fasman   Trumpet
Horacio "El Negro" Hernández   Drums
Melecio Magdaluyo   Baritone Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Claytoven Richardson   Vocals
Orestes Vilató   Percussion,Bongos,Timbales,Vocals,Bells,Guiro
John L. Worley   Trumpet
Paul van Wageningen   Drums
Don Fontowitz   Guitar
Jesús Diaz   Conga,Vocals
José Manuel "El Grillo" Blanco   Vocals,Cajon,Palmas
Mónica   Tacon

Technical Credits

Jimmy Durchslag   Executive Producer
Ben Leinbach   Engineer
Rebeca Mauleón   Arranger,Producer,Contributor,Executive Producer
Tony Mills   Engineer
Jay Boivin   Graphic Design,Art Direction,Illustrations
David Peñalosa   Executive Producer
Alvertis Isbell   Composer

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