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Other Tongues

by The Paul Carlon Octet

Imagine the soundtrack to a Fellini film starring Ellington and Strayhorn on a spiritual quest through Cuba, Brazil, Colombia and America. With funky bass, Yoruban chants and a killer horn section.
Genre: Jazz: Afro-Cuban Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Lucid Dreaming
4:32 $0.99
2. Rumbatapestry
7:46 $0.99
3. Smada
8:10 $0.99
4. Street Beat
8:42 $0.99
5. A Certain Slant of Light
3:13 $0.99
6. Boogie Down Broder
3:37 $0.99
7. Extraordinary Rendition
4:58 $0.99
8. The Spirit Calls
8:26 $0.99
9. Portals
7:07 $0.99
10. Clave 66
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Album Notes
"Most enjoyable Latin-flavored jazz I've heard in years!" -- John Henry, Audiophile Audition Web Magazine

"On two-thirds of this masterful debut from tenor saxophonist/flutist Paul Carlon and his octet, things get deep into world rhythms; the mix of styles hold together well on this cohesive, high-energy set. Other Tongues proves itself an auspicious debut, weaving together vibrant world music sounds with hard-edged modern jazz." -- Dan McClenaghan,

"The reedman, composer and arranger unveils his own inventively contemporary take on latin jazz, deploying a sparkling range of fresh lines, orchestral colour and rhythmic diversity in a series of charts packed with incident. Despite plenty of space for solos and the presence of guests on a few tracks, this impresses most as an ensemble music because it clearly reflects Carlon's vision. A case in point is his latin reassessment of Strayhorn's venerable Smada, the only piece not by Carlon and ample evidence of the kind of imagination and self-belief he brings to the idiom."
--Ray Comiskey, The Irish Times

*****Other Tongues spent 14 weeks on JazzWeek's World Music Chart, debuting at No. 45 on Nov. 20, 2006, and reaching a high of number 28!*****

In a combination that is both blisteringly Afro-Cuban and elegantly Jazz-inflected, this ensemble’s collective voice speaks of Strayhorn, New York City Jazz, the funk of Bootsy Collins, the humor of Fellini, and the influences of Cuba, Brazil, and Colombia. Featuring African mbira (also known as the kalimba), a collection of brass and woodwinds, and a traditional jazz rhythm section, "Other Tongues" also displays the talents of some very special guest artists.

Rumbatap pioneer Max Pollak engages in two memorable duets on Other Tongues; “Rumbatapestry”, written as a feature for Pollak’s innovative and world-renowned mix of tap, Afro-Cuban folkloric dance and body percussion, includes a startling musical conversation between Pollak’s percussive tap and Carlon’s tenor. And on “Extraordinary Rendition”, Pollak and drummer William “Beaver” Bausch embark on some measure-bending trading against the odd-meter groove of the horns.

Very special guest Buddy Terry, veteran of many recordings and some of jazz’ mightiest bands (Horace Silver, Art Blakey, Ray Charles, Count Basie, et al), brings his soulful, gutbucket tenor sound to “Street Beat”, jumping into some bluesy trading with Carlon on tenor and Anton Denner on alto saxophone.

Vocalist Ileana Santamaría brings a lyrical, lilting timbre and knowledge of Afro-Cuban rumba and Yoruban chants to the recording.

The regular personnel of the Paul Carlon Octet includes many of New York’s current crop of established young jazz and Latin jazz artists: Dave Smith on trumpet, Ryan Keberle and Mike Fahie on trombones, Anton Denner on alto saxophone and flute, John Stenger on piano, Dave Ambrosio on bass, and William “Beaver” Bausch on drums.

Release Date: Nov. 7, 2006



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This cd scratches my jazz itches
This music is everything I look for in a jazz recording. It's weaves it's way through a wide range of style, while maintaining a true center of gravity. The musicianship is tight, smart and fluid in that it seems to step out of the way of the music itself. And the music deserves it. It soothes, it inspires, it celebrates and affirms the beauty of the beat, no matter where it falls. It wears costumes, it slaps you on the back and cries on your laughs in your face, and then soothes your weary soul...It ambles down a darkened sidestreet, steps out onto a brightly lit square and dances and shouts, it winds a serpentine path through the concert hall and back, settling down with a nice cool drink in the shade...smiling broadly and licking its bright red lips....

Alan Ferber

Highly recommended new release!
For listeners wanting to stay on top of the "here and now" of the NY music scene, this CD is a must. Paul Carlon has chosen a bad-ass group from the city's deep pool of talented, young musicians to bring his compositions to life. From track to track, Paul's music clearly inspires his band members to play with a level of intensity that's often hard to capture in the recording studio. Buy this CD, pop it into your stereo, and you'll immediately know what I mean.

Gary Morgan

This album is a gem of an introductory offering
A young musical searcher on the New York jazz scene, Paul plays the tenor saxophone and composes and arranges original compositions which reflect the numerous crosscurrents flowing through the New York music scene, both traditional, blues-based jazz, the big band tradition, particularly the Ellington/Strayhorn sound, and the afro-Cuban/jazz movement. He plays with a warm personal sound and a strong sense of groove.

Here he leads a band of serious up-and-comers that create a full sound with only 5 horns and an excellent rhythm section. They are in turn joined by 3 guests: Max Pollak, a unique artist who has combined a background as a drummer with tap dancing skills and a love of Afro Cuban rhythms to create a novel art form, Rumbatap--check him out on a featured track, Rumbatapestry; Ileana Santamaria, daughter of the great conguero, Mongo Santamaria, who sings wordless melody on Smada, improvisations on Rumbatapestry, and a Yoruba chant on The Spirit Calls. Paul’s friend and mentor Buddy Terry contributes a blues drenched solo on Street Beat, with exchanges with Paul and Anton Denner on alto sax. Special mention should also be made of drummer Beaver Bausch, who has thoroughly absorbed the Afro latin styles, yet contributes consistently rhythmically forceful creative ideas. Buy this album!

Steve L

Fantastic compositions played by amazing performers
Listening to “Other Tongues,” by The Paul Carlon Octet, is a truly beautiful and unique experience. I recommend giving the entire album a listen straight through. All the tracks are great on their own, but in succession they strongly tell a fascinating story of emotions and harmony. Mr. Carlon explores different sounds and styles with his octet that makes for a great listening!

DeWitt Fleming Jr.

WOW!!!! This cd attacks so many different styles with great precision.
WoW!!! Paul Carlon has really jam packed this cd. The way the cd accurately weaves so many different styles of jazz is pure genius. The orchestration of these styles like bebop, big band, and afro-cuban, demands your attention. Each track is it's own story told differently by each soloist. The way Mr. Carlon establishes these stories is almost hypnotic. And as if he hasn't given you enough, he adds the beautiful sounds of vocalist Ileana Santamaria and tap dancer/body percussionist Max Pollak. This cd is so refreshing and plentiful that every time you hear it, it's like hearing it for the first time.


Other Tongues' infectuous, lively rhythms coupled with intelligent horn arrangements make for kick-ass CD!!! Of note are innovative use of AfroCuban rhythms and tap, warm vocals accompanying lush horns and flute on Billy Strayhorn's "Smada", oh and yes these musicians can swing! (check out "Street Beat" ).

Great job, Mr. Carlon!

ay que chevere!!


This is an amazing CD. Truely innovative in blend of afro-cuban and urban atmospheres. At every angle you can find something new and interesting. Strongly recommended listening to the jazz intellect as well as the smooth Don Juan.