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Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble of San Francisco | LJYE Live at Yoshi's

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LJYE Live at Yoshi's

by Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble of San Francisco

Introducing the Latin jazz band that’s making a splash on the San Francisco music scene. Recorded at the world-famous Yoshi’s Jazz Club, this CD features bright young artists who impress with their sophisticated musicality and chops.
Genre: Latin: Latin Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Casa Riera
9:53 $0.99
2. Catch 22
11:27 $0.99
3. Macondo
7:58 $0.99
4. Memorias
5:28 $0.99
5. Hymn to the Workers
7:07 $0.99
6. Red Glow
4:52 $0.99
7. Red Land, Black Land
7:09 $0.99
8. Red Land, Black Land (Alternate)
10:23 $0.99
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Album Notes
If you’re interested in the future of Latin jazz this 11-piece ensemble proves that the genre is alive and well. The Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble (LJYE) performs all-original tunes on this release which will impress and inspire. "LJYE Live at Yoshi’s" appeals to those favoring free-flowing jazz club performances where the soloists get to stretch and explore. You’ll hear the influences of Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria, Poncho Sanchez and contemporary west coast Latin jazz artists such as John Calloway, John Santos, Wayne Wallace and Mark Levine.

The ensemble’s music director is highly regarded jazz flutist, composer, arranger and educator John Calloway. He, along with Sylvia Ramirez and Arturo Riera, founded the group to motivate young musicians to play Latin Jazz and serve as role models for young people. The ensemble has shared the stage with legendary performers such as Poncho Sanchez, Clare Fischer, Cachao and the Spanish Harlem Orchestra. In 2005 they were selected to be Artists-in-Residence at the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, in the heart of downtown San Francisco. Truly among the next generation of scene-makers in the Latin jazz world, the LJYE has a fresh take on classic Latin musical forms such as montuno, timba and danzon.


Casa Riera (9:50)
Written by Music Director John Calloway, the tune is a traditional Cuban danzón featuring the flute. Calloway composed it as a tribute to Arturo Riera and Sylvia Ramirez and their home where the group rehearsed.

Catch 22 (11:25)
This composition by Samora Pinderhughes won a 2005 Downbeat Student Award. It begins in 4/4 and then changes to a 6/8 referencing Mongo Santamaria's "Afro-Blue."

Macondo (7:55)
Uptempo tune composed by Daniel Riera, ASCAP Young Jazz Composer 2005 and winner of the National Foundation for the Advancement of Arts Merit Award in Jazz Composition. Features a mean timbales solo by Erik Stern.

Memorias (5:25)
A high energy collaboration by pianist Hans Stern and multi-instrumentalist Josue Caravantes, two budding composers heavily influenced by Cuban timba. The piano work is highly percussive on this danceable tune.

Hymn to the Workers (7:05)
This stirring anthem-like piece will inspire you with its beautiful harmonies. Written and performed on piano by Samora Pinderhughes in dedication to working people everywhere.

Red Glow (4:50)
Funk meets Latin jazz in this dramatic dialogue between percussion and horns written by trumpeter Max Miller-Loran, currently studying at Berklee College of Music.

Red Land, Black Land (7:04)
Best described as Cha-Cha-Jazz, this was recorded in the studio and features a Rhodes piano. Composed by Daniel Riera, currently at Berklee College of Music, you'll hear the influence of electric-era Miles Davis and a rock solid Latin percussion section.

Red Land, Black Land (alternate) (10:23)
The live version features acoustic piano and a little more exploration from the musicians. The Red Land refers to the arid Egyptian desert and the Black Land is the fertile Nile Delta.

Total Running Time: 01:04:17



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Erin & Tom

We've seen these young men live, previously.
We saw these guys at the San Jose Jazz Festival in 2004 and were very impressed-the most entertaining group we saw there! When I saw the CD on your website, I had to get it for my husband. It's great! We remain impressed with the tight quality that the band exhibits. Keep the good stuff coming.....we'd love to hear some more of your upbeat Latino selections!!

Rudy Mangual - Latin Beat Magazine, March 2006

You are in for a special treat of succulent Latin jazz
From the first bars of the opening track...you know you are in for a special treat of succulent Latin jazz...Dramatic arrangements and phenomenal improvisations prevail throughout this recording.

Douglas Candelario

A pleasure to listen to even without being impressed by the young age of the mus
The music provides such a pleasureable and joyful listening experience that it made me even more astonished at what these relatively young musicians have accomplished. The music reflects a technical profiency and soulful maturity that belies the ages of the performers.