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Venetian Blinds

by Mike Freeman ZonaVibe

Original Latinjazz featuring vibraphone, trumpet, bass, congas, and drums performed with spirited soulful swing by stellar New York musicians.
Genre: Jazz: Latin Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. House of Vibes
5:16 $0.99
2. Mister Snacky
5:19 $0.99
3. Bobby Land
4:48 $0.99
4. Those Venetian Blinds
5:33 $0.99
5. Clutch the Hutch
3:58 $0.99
6. Mambo Kings
5:03 $0.99
7. What's up with This Moon
6:12 $0.99
8. Night Crawlers
5:10 $0.99
9. Fancy Free
6:09 $0.99
10. Qué Tal Tío
6:13 $0.99
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Album Notes
Venetian Blinds is the latest in a line of clave-infused recordings Mike has produced over the past 18 years. Following Blue Tjade, his tribute to Cal Tjader, Venetian Blinds is a tip of the hat to Tito Puente and Bobby Hutcherson. When Tito Puente rolled his vibes in during the early days of the Palladium, people would say, “Here comes Tito with those venetian blinds!”— referring to the strung-together bars of the instrument. Four of the tracks on this recording were written for Tito Puente: “Those Venetian Blinds,” “Mambo Kings,” “Night Crawlers,” and “Qué Tal Tío” (What’s Up Uncle). Another three go out to the late vibraphonist and Jazz Master Bobby Hutcherson: “Clutch the Hutch,” “Bobby Land,” and “House of Vibes.”

The all-new lineup for this outing features stalwarts of the New York Latin music scene: trumpeter Guido Gonzalez and conga master Roberto Quintero, along with up-and-coming players Ian Stewart on bass and Joel Mateo on drums.



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blues agent

stellar recording
This disc is great for latin jazz fans and probably anyone with soul. I have played it soft and loud. The band is hyper-kinetic, songs and rhythms are complex but simply delivered,. And the production is superb. All bass, horn, vibes, drums and congos are clear - and take over at their appropriate times. Also, highly danceable.. Favorite tracks include 1,,4,5,6,10.

Anthony Picco

Worth A Listen!
Lively and percussive, wonderful sound quality and it swings. What's Up With This Moon? and Fancy Free are two of my favorites, but I like to listen all the way through. I do miss the saxophone, but it works. It is a fresh sound for Mike & the band but still solid and on target. Mike is a master of the vibes, truly!

Joe Ross, Roots Music Report

Freeman is an adventurous stylist who presents intriguing music
Vibraphonist Mike Freeman is an adventurous stylist who presents intriguing music. We also know who some of his inspirations are. Four tracks were written for Tito Puente, and three reach for the hard bop, pop-bop and avant-garde sounds of Bobby Hutcherson. The remaining tunes were inspired by Freeman’s son or daughter. Freeman is joined by Guido Gonzalez (trumpet, coro), Ian Stewart (bass), Roberto Quintero (congas, guiro, shakere) and Joel Mateo (drums, campana). Zonavibe’s versatility, imagination and spirit make this a striking set. For a sampling of their music, I’d recommend the title track “Those Venetian Blinds,” “House of Vibes” and “Fancy Free.” (Joe Ross, Roots Music Report)