Roland Vazquez | Best of the L.A. Jazz Ensemble

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Best of the L.A. Jazz Ensemble

by Roland Vazquez

Original "funky salsa be-bop" fusion sessions (1977) of LA club band AKA "Urban Ensemble"; featuring Clare Fischer, Bennie Maupin, Abe Laboriel, Patrice Rushen, Ralf Rickert, Jim Coile, Larry Williams, Manolo Badrena.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Atena (feat. Ralf Rickert)
4:06 $1.29
2. Dark Dreamer (feat. Jim Coile)
5:24 $1.29
3. Elegy For Stella Marie (feat. Patrice Rushen & Ralf Rickert)
9:23 $1.29
4. In the Life Before (feat. Patrice Rushen, Mike Carnahan & Manolo Badrena)
6:39 $1.29
5. The Force That Flows (feat. Ralf Rickert)
5:44 $1.29
6. Eternal Triangle (feat. Jim Coile & Clare Fischer)
5:38 $1.29
7. Urantia (feat. Clare Fischer)
9:17 $1.29
8. She Might Be Spring (feat. Bennie Maupin)
6:42 $1.29
9. And What Do You Like To Be Called (feat. Patrice Rushen & Jim Coile)
4:56 $1.29
10. Abrujá (feat. Jim Coile, Abe Laboriel & Manolo Badrena)
8:02 $1.29
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BEST OF THE L.A. JAZZ ENSEMBLE (65:56) FEATURING: Manolo Badrena, Mike Carnahan, Jim Coile, John Darst, Clare Fischer, Abe Laboriel, Bennie Maupin, Ralph Rickert, Patrice Rushen, Chuck Wike, Ken Wild, & Larry Williams.
Originally recorded in 1977 at Conway Studios, L.A. by Peter Chaikin. This CD contains re-mixed and re-mastered material - some of which was previously un-released. AKA 'Urban Ensemble' (see Arista/GRP5002), the original Roland Vazquez Band was recognized as a landmark jazz fusion ensemble in and around L.A. during the late '70s- featuring the leaders original 'funky salsa be-bop' music for 3+ horn and 5 rhythm players.
"... an essential document, not to mention some of the most exciting, ahead-of-its-time big horn jazz ever recorded... This 'urban ensemble' formed in the mid-'70s, drew upon the finest musical talents of Southern California to create a unique soundtrack for Los Angeles - a living, forward-moving pulsebeat integrating multi-cultural textures... a must-have for any collection." (H. Grey/JazzTimes, June '94)
“… a who’s who of the Los Angeles Latin and jazz colonies … these sessions sound very contemporary … Vazquez is an especially creative writer and arranger, and his work always captures and maintains a high level of melodic interest and structural variety… a time capsule effort that underscores the basic qualities which insure the perpetual validity of the genre.” (Mark Holston, Jazziz ’93)



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