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Asere Ko

by John Calloway

Asere Ko represents my vision of combining Afro-Latino music with whatever musical styles I feel comfortable mixing into them: Contributing to this project are musicians from the San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, Los Angeles and Habana.
Genre: Latin: Latin Jazz
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1. Obatala (feat. Erik Barberia)
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2. Child's Play (feat. Jovino Santos Neto)
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3. For the Love of Money (feat. Destani Wolf)
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4. Asere Ko (feat. Orlando Torriente)
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5. Casinha Do Olho D'agua (feat. Jovino Santos Neto)
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6. Softly as in a Morning Sunrise (feat. Madeline Eastman)
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7. Alamar City
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8. Nostalgia de Futuro (feat. Edgardo Cambon & Mark Levine)
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9. Neptuno Street
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10. Descarga Something Like That (feat. Oscar Hernandez)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Asere Ko represents my vision of combining Afro-Latino music with whatever musical styles I feel comfortable mixing into them. This recording brings a conglomeration of influences from artists of different backgrounds, musical styles, and geographic locations to make this vision a musical reality.

Finding material for me is always a challenge. This project started slowly, with the recording of just two songs in a one-year period, and with only a handful of musicians. Not having a set band, however, allowed me to use different orchestrations, instrumentations, and music styles, and bring in some of the most talented people to record with me for the first time: Erick Barberia, Madeleine Eastman, Oscar Hernandez, Mark Levine, Louie Romero, Jovino Santos Neto, and Destani Wolf. Over a period of two years, some 40 musicians and singers from the San Francisco Bay Area, Havana, New York, Los Angeles and Seattle helped this project come to fruition.

The title track "Asere Ko,” based on the Arsenio Rodriguez song "Dilo Como Yo,” aptly represents the CD because of its African American and Afro-Latino elements. The title is also a reworking of aserekó, a traditional Efik-language greeting or salutation among close friends. Here I wish to thank all the participants in the project as well as those who will listen and enjoy it!
—John Calloway

ABOUT THE SONGS:
The CD opens with Obatala, a dance piece that pays tribute to this Yoruba deity with a powerful vocal intro
by Erick Barberia … Child’s Play, which I wrote some years ago for my first-born, Paul, mixes the Brazilian rhythms baião and partido alto. For the Love of Money, the classic O’Jays song, is treated with an infusion of Cuban timba and features the astounding vocalist Destani Wolf ... Asere Ko adds gospel, jazz and R&B influences into a soca rhythm, with vocal styling by Orlando Torriente … Casinha do Olho D'Água, written by the great Hermetto Pascual, is a guarânia rhythm from Southwestern Brazil, and includes his trademark singable melodies over complex harmonies. Noted jazz vocalist Madeline Eastman and I share some improv time on the project’s lone jazz standard, Softly as in a Morning Sunrise, done as a passionate Cuban rumba led by Jesus Diaz. Alamar City, composed by Cuban pianist Charlie Gaytan, is one of two songs recorded in Havana; an all-Cuban band with yours truly! Nostalgia de Futuro features a slow, contemplative melody along with some compelling lyrics about the life cycle process from Carlos Baron ... Neptuno Street, the other Cuban-recorded piece, is a descarga that echoes the traffic of one of the busiest streets in Centro Habana, and features Carlos Caro and Yasek Manzano. Descarga Something Like That, an old school jam with blues stylings, brings in the NY alumna of Louie Romero and Oscar Hernandez, along with a lot of the “old school” cats that have been playing with me for many years.

CD Personell:

Obatala

David Belove -bass
Murray Low - piano
David Flores - drums
Jesus Diaz - congas
Carlos Caro - timbales
Mike Olmos - trumpet
Daniel Casares - tenor sax
Natalie Cressman - trombone
Erick Barberia - lead vocals and coro
Jesus Diaz - coro
John Calloway - flute/guiro/clave

For the Love of Money

David Belove -bass
Marco Diaz - piano
Camilo Landau - guitar
David Flores - drums
John Santos - congas
Jesus Diaz - timbales
John Calloway - guiro
Mike Olmos - trumpet
Melecio Magdaluyo - alto and bari saxophones
Ruben Sandoval - trombone
Destani Wolf - lead vocals
Rebecca Bouc, Bryan Dyer, Monica Fimbrez, Orlando Torriente - chorus

Asere Ko

Ayla Davila - bass
John Calloway - piano/ keyboard/flute
Javier Navarette - percussion
John Santos - percussion
Daniel Casares - tenor sax
Orlando Torriente - lead vocals
Bryan Dyer - additional vocals
Rebecca Bouc, Monica Fimbrez, Javier Navarette - chorus

Casinha do Olho D’Água
David Belove -bass
Jovino Santos Neto - piano
David Flores - drums
Michael Spiro - percussion/congas
Mike Olmos - trumpet
John Calloway - flute
Sandy Cressman - vocals
Bryan Dyer - additional vocals

Softly as in a Morning Sunrise

David Belove -bass
Murray Low - piano
David Flores - drums
Jesus Diaz - congas
John Calloway - flutes/chekere/clave
Madeline Eastman - vocals

Nostalgia de Futuro

Saul Sierra - bass
Mark Levine - piano
David Flores - drums
John Santos - congas
John Calloway - flute/clave/chekere -
Anthony Blea - violin
Laura Boytz - cello
Edgardo Cambon - vocals

Neptuno Street

Jose Hermida - bass
Charlie Gaytan - piano
Ruy Lopez-Nussa drums
Octavio Rodriguez - conga
Carlos Caro - timbales
Yasek Manzano - trumpet
John Calloway - flute/guiro

Descarga Something Like That
Saul Sierra - bass
Oscar Hernandez - piano
Michael Spiro - congas
Javier Navarette - bongos
Louie Romero - timbales
John Calloway - flute/guiro
Anthony Blea - violin
Melecio Magdaluyo - tenor sax
Orlando Torriente - spoken word

Child’s Play (John Calloway)
David Belove -bass
Jovino Santos Neto - piano
David Flores - drums
Michael Spiro - percussion/congas
Mike Olmos - trumpet
John Calloway - flute

Alamar City
Charlie Gaytan - piano
Jose Hermida - bass
Leivy Lopez Guibert - timbales
Octavio Rodriguez - conga
Carlos Caro - bongo
Ruy Lopez-Nussa drums
Ariel Jorge Perez Caballero - Trombone
Jesús Fuentes Aldama - tenor sax
Yasek Manzano - trumpet
John Calloway - flute/guiro

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