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by Papa Mambo

Fiery, sizzling Latin jazz with threads of salsa brilliance.
Genre: Latin: Latin Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. 'Ño
3:45 $0.99
2. Pa Pra Pa
3:57 $0.99
3. We Do Know the Time
6:37 $0.99
4. Tiplena
3:06 $0.99
5. Softly as in a Morning Sunrise
6:02 $0.99
6. Amanecer
5:57 $0.99
7. New Monk
4:19 $0.99
8. Giving Me Ideas
4:47 $0.99
9. Tee's Knees
7:18 $0.99
10. Pensando en Ti
4:56 $0.99
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Album Notes
A true jazz musician is just like a master chef - mix in a bit of
this, blend in a bit of that,
lift an ingredient from another recipe - and soon something
very tasty emerges.  Imagine those first jazz musicians 100
years ago sampling the music brought to the southern US
with the West African slaves, most of whom had spent time in
the Caribbean and South
American countries before being shipped to the US.  There
was plenty of time for those African pulses and rhythms to
fuse with the spicy music of Spanish gypsies and
troubadours, and Afro-Latin music boiled up in the pot.  Early
jazz musicians like Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Gottschalk and
Scott Joplin caught a whiff of that heady aroma and
incorporated it into their music.  So did Louis Armstrong and
Duke Ellington. The new concoction was on the menu.  But it
was Dizzy Gillespie's hiring of Cuban conguero Chano Pozo
in 1947 that forged the ultimate fusion of "Latin and Afro-
Cuban" jazz.

Today, there's no end to the cross-pollination of jazz and
Latin. Hearing a jazz quintet moving from son into 4/4 is no
more unusual than a salsa band horn section riffing in the
finest big band tradition.  Latin and Afro-Cuban jazz is

Winnipeg's Papa Mambo has been delivering the musical
goods since the late '80's.
Papa - Rodrigo Muñoz - is the driving force behind this
combo, one of Winnipeg's most popular musical ensembles.
Even a sojourn of a few years in his native Chile did little to
dispel the band's "papa"-larity.  Papa Mambo had left its mark
on the Winnipeg scene.

So when Rodrigo and Carol Hutchinson returned in 2001,
there was a great anticipation that some great musical things
were about to happen.  The core of Papa Mambo was still
there: Rodrigo on percussion, Carol had never stopped
singing, Dave Lawton had become the man to call for a
trumpet gig, Ken Gold's saxophone was omnipresent in
Winnipeg and Gilles Fournier had become bassist numero uno (Gilles
doesn't play on this recording though). There were some
spots to fill - talented trombonist/keyboard player Jeff
Presslaff brought his impressive US jazz background to the
group, while the percussive section was filled out with some
new younger names like conguero and percussionist Scott
Senior who had studied in Cuba, percussionist Daniel Roy
fresh from expanding  his horizons with a stint in New York,
guitarist and tres player Victor Lopez ( yes, a tres player in
Winnipeg) and the baby of the bunch, wunderkind pianist
William Bonness.  The ingredients were there for the perfect
five-star Afro-Cuban, Latin-Jazz feast.

And the band doesn't disappoint on Amanecer, the first CD
recording by Papa Mambo (hard to believe it's taken this
long!). .....



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John Kendle Uptown Magazine

'...intoxicating Latin jazz execution"
Papa Mambo
(Uncontrollable Records)

Reviewer's Grade: A

When Rodrigo Munoz returned to Winnipeg following an eight-year sojourn in Chile (his home and native land), he not only brought back his welcome exuberance but also an even greater understanding of the intoxicating Latin jazz and big band music that has been his muse since he was a youngster studying classical guitar at the University of Manitoba. Munoz is one of those musical polymaths capable of precise, gifted work on a variety of instruments, but it is his understanding of the interplay between rhythm and melody that gives Papa Mambo its vibe and its soul. Similarly, trombonist Jeff Presslaff brings his knowledge of brass to bear with expert execution. In the post-Buena Vista world, novice ears may find it difficult to tell the imitators from the real thing, but a run-through of this disc will turn listeners on to the precise arrangements of Munoz and Presslaff, as well as the tremendous percussive abilities of the likes of Scott Senior (now a Duhk) and Victor Lopez. Implausible as it may seem, this group of expatriates (from New York, Montreal and Venezuela, among other places) and locals has made a welcome home for Afro-Latin music in the middle of the Prairies. Long may they run. —
John Kendle
Uptown Magazine

Randal McIlroy, Style Manitoba Magazine

Latin-Jazz fusion beyond the irresistible
The return of Papa Mambo with Amanecer(Uncontrollable Records) is a graceful thing. Much as he always wanted audiences dancing, leader/percussionist Rodrigo Muñoz was always eager to show the breadth of Latin-Jazz fusion beyond the irresistible drumming (he started as a guitarist, which may help explain matters). Jeff Presslaff is a valuable new lieutenant in the group, tripling on trombone, keyboards and arrangements. Their joint composition, "New Monk" is a stunner, with foot-fooling rhythmic cross-play, and sinuous soprano saxophone from Ken Gold, who is on the money throughout. It's a shame Carol Hutchinson sings only one song this time around, but "You've Been Giving Me Ideas" is lovely compensation.

Randal McIlroy
Style Manitoba Magazine

Neal Culligan, 99.1 Cool FM

"...I recommend that you go out and buy it ..."
"This is a great recording. If you don't have it yet, I recommend that you go out and buy it ..."

Chris Smith, The Winnipeg Free Press

a thinking person's groove
"Winnipeg Afro-Latin jazz ensemble Papa Mambo gets under your skin with a 10-track disc of infectious tunes released this week at the Winnipeg Art Gallery's Jazz on the Rooftop. The music is a thinking person's groove, a mix of the intelligent and the infectious, mostly from the pens of Jeff Presslaff and Rodrigo Munoz. The title track, composed by Presslaff and arranged by the pair, is a perfect example of how the music appeals to the listener on many levels. Tee's Knees is an intriguing piece...elements of fusion with the grooves, while the closer, Pensando En Ti, is a tempo-shifting number that highlights the good arranging and playing that pervades the album."

Thomas George

Artist: PaPa Mambo - "Amanecer"
EXCELLENTE' ! A very nice laid-back CD ! I enjoyed every track on this great CD, & I do not often say that about any artist. I recieved the info about this via JazzFM91.1 Toronto, Canada. Laura Fernandez was kind enough to forward this info to Me as I heard this artist on JazzFM91.1 ! It is My favourite radio station ! I would love to do business with You, & You have Laura to thank for that. Without Her well-versed knowlege in Latin Jazz, I would have been lost trying to find it on My own. Thanks so much for taking My comments, & I am very interested in ordering this CD. As Laura would say "Saludos !" Hope to hear from You soon ! Sincerely & Respectfully, Thomas George