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Funky Cha

by Harvie S

Contemporary Afro-Cuban rhythms in a modern jazz context - played by one of New York's Latin Jazz bassists and his quartet.
Genre: Jazz: Latin Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Rhythm-a-ning
5:24 $0.99
2. C 7 Heaven
6:22 $0.99
3. Mariposa en Mano
4:34 $0.99
4. Earquake
5:29 $0.99
5. S
6:35 $0.99
6. Funky Cha
4:38 $0.99
7. A Bright Moment
5:41 $0.99
8. What Is This Thing Called Love
9:06 $0.99
9. Coco Loco
3:42 $0.99
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Album Notes
Harvie S, bass
Daniel Kelly, piano
William “Beaver” Bausch, drums
Jay Collins, tenor & soprano sax, flute
Scott Robert Avidon, tenor sax
Philip Dizack, trumpet
Wilson “Chembo” Corniel, Latin percussion
Ernie Colon, Latin percussion

Afro-Cuban music and other Latin forms carry on a tradition shared with mainstream jazz 50 and 60 years ago when it dominated America’s popular music scene: patrons loved to listen dance to it.
Through the years, veteran New York composer/bassist Harvie S found that whenever he got a chance to work with a Latin band it was nearly impossible for musicians and fans alike to not get caught up in the lilt and sway of the music



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I can listen or dance to this CD. Love it.
I thought Texas Rumba was a great CD, but I like Funky cha even more.Especially Mariposa en Mano. Wow!!!!


Todd Jenkins

Loved it!!!!!!!
Just wanted to know if you have received my latest CD "Funky Cha". If you have I hope you are giving it some spins. If you don't have it please reply and I will send it ASAP. Just need an address. Thank you,

Harvie S Below is latest review

Funky Cha Jazz Review.com
Harvie S |
Zoho Music
By Todd S. Jenkins

Harvie S’s inimitable, fearless and fun-filled approach to Latin jazz reaches a new pinnacle on Funky Cha. The bassist’s musical sensibilities couldn’t be summed up better than in the opening track, a re-visioning of Monk’s “Rhythm-A-Ning”. The bass and Daniel Kelly’s piano pulse out Thelonian arhythmic fragments over Beaver Bausch’s tappy drum groove, building in quirky intensity until we’re jumping to find out where they’re going with this. Jay Collins, the final piece of the puzzle, leaps in with the melody on tenor and reveals how nicely everything fits together.
This kind of hand-in-glove development has characterized Harvie’s brand of jazz over the past several years, demonstrating why he’s not only one of the best bassists in the land but also one heck of a small-group conceptualist. His Latin beats are definably Latin but consistently fresh; there are no generic mercado rhythms here. Much of that, of course, is due to the company S keeps. Kelly slides smoothly between montuno and bebop; Bausch is a subtle drum master, and the added presence of Chembo and Ernie Colon pushes him ever higher; Collins is always tasteful and flexible. Only Kelly and tenorman Scott Robert Avidon, who guests on three tracks, are carryovers from S’s last album, Texas Rumba, yet the full band sounds as if they have been together for years. This is a hallmark of musicianship, and one of many reasons that Funky Cha will impress.
Harvie loves Monk as much as Latin sounds, and the influences meld well on tunes like “A Bright Moment”, one of the more pensive tracks (until things really get rolling). He had recorded the tune earlier on New Beginning but sharply reinvented it for this session. The title track, perfectly named, Kelly’s gorgeous interpretation of “What Is This Thing Called Love”, and the tense modernity of “’S’” reflect different facets of this taut ensemble’s personality. They even succeed at the difficult fusion of jazz and the manic guaracha rhythm on Kelly’s “Earquake”. Outstanding, as expected.

Sue Cassicy

This is a magical CD, just awesome! I wish all jazz was this exciting!
I bought the CD it is terrific! The songs are so unusual-vibrant and creative. I am definately going to hear the band when they perform in NYC or Boston!

Jonathan Widran

Latin and Jazz meet in the best way
funky cha - album reviews
Listening to the veteran New York composer/bassist's fourth project since 1999 is like taking a frenetic joyride through a realm where classic Latin music forms blend furiously with the best of America's jazz traditions. Harvie S has been at this a long time; in 1966, he traveled to Cuba to study with some of the island's master players. Since then, he's masterfully blended the two forms, working with great bandleaders like Juan-Carlos Formell, Stan Getz, Paquito d'Rivera, and Arturo O'Farrill, among others. The one major thing he's learned: both forms have the same African rhythmic roots. But why read a dull history book when you've got the bassist and his wild but subtle-when-they-have-to-be quintet providing such vibrant illustrations of the connection? They launch the disc with a hard-driving, heavily percussive jam on Thelonious Monk's "Rhythm-a-Ning" and the rolling, pitter-patter grooving original "C7 Heaven" (featuring Daniel Kelly's vibrant piano ensembling beautifully with Jay Collins' sax), then ease coolly into the date's most memorable -- if least chops-heavy -- number, the original piece "Mariposa en Mano," a sensuous slow-dance number dedicated to S's wife; S had recorded it as a bossa nova on an earlier album but his mixed vibe of son montuno and charanga is more than just a little intoxicating. From then on, he works a spirited balancing act between crazy-makers like the well-titled "Earquake" and the subtler, harmonically rich "A Bright Moment" and a hypnotic, classically influenced cover of Cole Porter's "What Is This Thing Called Love." ~ Jonathan Widran,
All Music Guide

George Monarch

This music will transport you to the place you want to be.
My friend just played me Funky Cha and it had such a Jazz vibe, but a burning Latin feel. It really knocked me out.I ordered it and also his last one Texas Rumba. Can not wait to have these CDs. This guy is really onto something.